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MORE RAIN? Can you believe it? I almost can't
believe it myself. Wednesday's rain event dropped almost 3 1/4
inches of rain here in North Conway. This month alone we've already
had well over 6 inches. While not a record, it's pretty darn close.
I haven't seen anything like it in the 6 years I've been up here.
The south side of West Side Road was closed for several hours this
morning due to the Saco flooding, and the north side at the First
Bridge near town was even closed for a while.
I was up at Lake Willoughby on Tuesday. We couldn't have picked
a better day to climb: no wind, temps just at freezing, and totally
bluebird skies. All in all a super day. Amazingly enough we were
the only people at the cliff the entire day. We decided to do 20
Below Zero and had to pound through knee and waist deep snow to
get up to the climb. Well at least it got us warmed up! <grin> We
got a late start so it was running water over Dave on first pitch.
He belayed a little to the right, and it turned out to be in a
waterfall. I took the second pitch and definitely got rained on
as well. Still it was a near-perfect day. Afterward we plowed across
to the Tablets. They were in fat and even Crazy Diamond was in
good shape! A ride up the road showed that the bottom of the Gentleman
and Promenade were thin. Overall there is plenty of ice to be found
up there and I would say that this last rain hasn't killed it off
all that much.
I know, I know there are some folks who will say that this or that climb is still IN, but believe me there really is no safe ice in the lower elevation now, so the rating has been dropped to a 1. This indicates that the only ice is in the higher terrain now. And in fact, other than climbs that have some significant part of them in the shade, like Pinnacle, everything else should be considered suspect. That said the skiing is supposedly amazing right now so grab it while you can. Starting next week we will move fully into rock season and will switch to BugCON ratings.
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North Conway, New Hampshire
The Puking Gecko, Grand Wall, *** S9 5.12d/e 712m - An intimidating and salacious climb. The final pitch is so exposed, tricky, and continuously strenuous that it is impossible to even contact the rock at any point. Better than making passionate love on top of a Japanese Bullet Train. Superbly magnificent and grimly brilliant.