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April 28, 2016
I know that all I seem to talk about is the weather, but heavens to Betsy itís been completely whacked lately. After a week of pretty nice weather, and by that I mean generally in the upper 60ís and sunny, it took a turn for the worse Tuesday morning. And when I say worse, I mean WORSE, as in 4+ inches of wet white stuff falling from the skies! Enough snow that they plow trucks came out around 3 in the afternoon and all afternoon and we got the dreaded automated call with the news that evening school activities were cancelled. Go figureÖ
Now, although that certainly had an impact on my plans to spend a big part of Wednesday at the cliff and then riding in the woods, to be honest it didnít last very long. If you were one of those puffy chested young guides, Iím sure you could have taken clients up Upper Refuse or Thin Air. However, I used the day to keep practicing all the tunes that I have to learn for a series of concerts I have coming up over the next several weekends. I did hear that one local guide had driven up to the top of Cathedral before the snow really started to come down to do a rappel class, only to find that it wasnít possible for his client to drive him back up in the late afternoon. And the road was slick enough that he wouldnít have wanted to try driving back down even if heíd walked up to get it. Good thing it all melted pretty quickly since both Bear Notch and Hurricane Mountain Roads are both open! Pretty much everyone I know has taken their snow tires off, so that would have been very treacherous. Who would have thought that we would get snow after the winter/spring that weíve had?
Things have been pretty darn dry and one would think that this would have really have lowered our fire danger. However, it wasnít nearly enough to have any significant impact. The whole state of NH has been under a HIGH danger fire watch for the past couple of weeks, and unfortunately it doesnít look as if thatís going to abate very soon. we havenít had any fires up here, but there have been many small to medium brush fires in the southern part of the state. I would guess itís just luck that we have escaped, so please stay on the alert. We donít need that in our local forests.
If you get a few minutes, check out the out the review of this new Petzl product on the NEClimbs.com web site written by guide Matt Shove. Iíve been using the double version of this device since last winter and I think itís a pretty cool thing.
There are definitely mosquitoes and blackflies out there, but they donít seem to be biting yet. At least from what Iíve experienced. That said there definitely are ticks around. My son was out last Saturday and picked a couple off in the afternoon. Be sure to check yourself when you come back in. Iím expecting a pretty bad season for them!
The trails have been absolutely fantastic for the past several weeks. I did a 13.6 mile ride on eth west side on Monday and it was wonderful. Although there was some snow on the east side trails where I was riding today, it wasnít anything to speak of and should be gone tomorrow.
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North Conway, New Hampshire
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