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I don't know about you, but I get onto a roll with exercise. You
start getting out every day doing something - riding the bike,
climbing, hiking or the like - and you start feeling really good
about yourself. You get proud about the progress you're making,
whether it's with the grade of the climbs, length of your rides
or the time it takes to hike around the cliff. And then whammo,
the weather changes! 5-6 consecutive days of rain and it's hard
to get motivated to do anything, much less to get outside and exercise.
Now you find that all that good work goes to all to hell in a handbasket.
Right now I feel like I'm almost back at ground-zero. I'm not
really at ground-zero of course, but it feels that way. It's just
that much harder to get motivated again. The exercise momentum-train
is just so much easier to ride when you're on it all the time.
Your gear is out and ready to go all the time, your mind is in
the right place and you just do it, whether for 20 minutes or 5
hours. You are in the groove, and it's a solid feeling.
Of course when the weather is like it has been recently, it's
hard to get off your duff and out the door. That said, there's
a certain point - and I reached it mid-Tuesday afternoon - when
the cabin fever takes over and you simply have NO CHOICE but to
get out and DO SOMETHING. For me it was the need for some serious
aerobic stimulation in the worst way! So, I drug the road bike
out of the garage and lumbered off down West Side Road. The initial
couple of miles weren't much fun, but by the time I got to the
intersection of West Side and 302, all was well in the land of
Hospers. In spite of a persistent and obnoxious drizzle, I warmed
up and got into it, and amazingly enough when I got back to the
house I was actually disappointed it was over.
There were braver folken who went out climbing between downpours
over the weekend. I looked out several times on Saturday and Sunday
and was surprised to see occasional parties on the cliffs. Here
are a couple of pix from Scott Conchieri taken on Sunday. Be sure
to check out the water dripping off the triangular roof and the
totally wet face as well! Kudos to "Ironman" (Steve)
Bartlet for getting out there in those conditions. The leader
on the crux of Thin Air is the dean of local guides, George
I've seen George cruise Pine Tree Eliminate in the pouring rain,
so it's doubtful that the dank and dismal conditions had any real
effect on him. Gotta wonder about that client tho. <grin>
I also spotted several local guides in the rain with clients in
tow over the past couple of days, so there must be a few places
where it's dry enough to get out for some fun. Fortunately things
have cleared a bit today, Thursday, and with any luck I'll get
in a bit of climbing this afternoon before the next wave of showers
If you are traveling over the long Memorial Day weekend, please
be careful & drive safe. The weather report is for a pretty
good one, so I hope to see you all out there on the rock.
Here's an interesting web site I came across the other day.
It's a very neat idea and cool use of the technology. Along these
lines, I'm looking for some new and interesting climbing links
that I haven't seen before. If you have any that you're come across,
please send them along. I'll have a look-see and put together a
dozen or so and post them in a future Report. I'm looking for new
and different or useful sites that aren't the same old ones that
everyone knows about already. Drop me an email with your suggestions
More Everest Happenings:
Sherpa climbs Everest in new record of 8 hours, 10 minutes May
BY BINAJ GURUBACHARYA
KATMANDU, Nepal -- Ace Sherpa guide Pemba Dorjee scaled Mt. Everest
in a record 8 hours and 10 minutes Friday, beating the previous
mark by more than 2-1/2 hours, Nepal's Mountaineering Department
S. Korean Woman Climber Conquers Mt. Everest in Solo Attempt
SEOUL, May 23 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean woman mountaineer has
succeeded in climbing Mt. Everest alone, becoming the first Korean
woman alpinist to do so, a domestic sponsor company said Sunday.
Oh Eun-seon, 38, scaled the world's highest 8,848-meter peak
at 2:15 p.m. local time on Thursday after an 11-hour climb from
a 8,300-meter camp via a northeast route, Youngone Corp. said.
Selected Ice Conditions effective October 27, 2016
Both the Black Dike and Pinnacle Gully have been done this week. This is probably as early as they have ever been climbed! Is that a good thing, I suppose so. [wry grin] Pinnacle was a solo. Unfortunately there is nothing climbable in the lower elevations, and based on the lack of ground-water in the system right now, I’m not sure when there will be. Let’s hope for some more rain and early snow in the Notches. Couple that with some consistent cold weather and that would at least give us something reasonable to play on. Special thanks to Peter Doucette from Mountain Sense guides for the great picture of the Black Dike.
NOTE - as of the middle of the week, the Tuckerman Ravine Trail above the Huntington intersection is closed for construction. Stay tuned for more info.
Mobile Version Of NEClimbs:
Up on one of the Mount Washington Valley's finest crags and want to know what that climb you're looking at is? Or maybe you're on your way up from Boston and want to check out the Ice Report for your upcoming weekend plans. Or more likely, you're at work just want to daydream about your next adventure. Well if you have a smart phone handy, you can get to NEClimbs from anywhere you have cell service. While it doesn't offer every single feature of the site and it's not an "app", in mobile form, it does do a whole lot and is very useful. Here is the live link to the mobile version of NEClimbs:
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