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I think it's been 7 or 8 years since I've bought a pair of sunglasses.
That's not to say I don't have any, you understand. In fact I usually
have several pair hanging around the house at any given time. My
favorites for climbing right now are a pair of dark-brown, horn-rim
plastic jobbies. They're not fancy, but they do the job just fine.
For riding I sport a pair of electric-blue Optic Nerves that make
me appear far more stylish that I actually am. Of course I also
have a pair of nice mirror ones that give me that southern Smokie
look, and... But I digress. The operative word in the first sentence
of this humble narrative is "bought".
Ever since I moved up north and started spending a lot of time
outdoors I keep finding sunglasses. That's right, it seems like
I'm always just bopping along somewhere and the next thing I know
I look down and there's a pair of sunglasses on the ground, on
a rock, hanging in a tree, on a ledge, who knows. You would not
believe the places I find them. Mostly they aren't in the logical
places, like on a rock by the start of the Saigon's - oh no. It's
more like I'm thrashing through the woods off the Kanc trying to
find Lost Ledge with my 5 year old in tow, and right in front of
my face is a pair of mirror babies hung up in a bush! Then I'm
pulled over frantically trying to change a tire on my bike up in
Jackson before it rains, and there are a pair of silver Oakley's
sitting on the railing alongside the road. It's like someone just
puts them there for me to find.
This winter I was up in Canada with my wife and we were at a department
store, just wasting time. Not really looking to buy anything, mind
you. Of course I spot these really cool pair of wrap-around glasses
that actually looked good on me and I just have to have 'em. I
wore them on the trip and pretty much everywhere else this spring,
relegating my "found" ones to the shelf. But wouldn't
you figure, one day on a long bike ride up the Kanc I hung my babies
on my shirt 'cause it was getting cloudy & dark and they fell
off along side the road. I noticed it as soon as I got home & took
off in the truck to retrace my path where I thought they probably
had fallen off. Well of course they were nowhere to be found and
I've figured that there is someone out there who found their new
FAVE glasses, thanks to me. Heck, maybe it's you...
The electric blue ones are getting a bit scratched up and the
Oakley's broke about a week ago, so I'm putting out the vibe that
it's time for a new pair and this time I want some Rudy Project
Graal - the official sunglass of the Tour de France! You better
keep yours from slipping out of your pocket or falling off your
hat, cause if they do they'll be mine!
Adopt-a-Crag Challenge Update - from the Access Fund:
There is still time to sign up to be a part of this year’s
Adopt-a-Crag. Our goal is to support 89 Adopt-a-Crags around the
country. If we were to climb Yosemite’s Half Dome, Northwest
Face (23 pitches), The Nose (31 pitches), and Salathe Wall (35
pitches) in a day, we would complete 89 pitches of climbing. As
with all dreams and goals, we can’t do it alone. We need
you to help us reach our goal. To date we have 50 events. We are
over half-way to our goal. We have topped-out on Half-Dome, successful
mastered the Changing Corners pitch and should top out soon.
Adopt-a-Crag is an excellent an avenue for building alliances
and partnerships and to plan for the future. Be it a crag clean-up
of 8 volunteers or a fundraiser, comp, and trail work day with
100 volunteers Adopt-a-Crag is about giving back to those places
we love and use on a regular basis Adopt-a-Crag inspires activism,
advocacy, volunteerism, and stewardship. In the four years since
the inception of Adopt-a-Crag, climbers around the country have
built and restored thousands of miles of trails, hauled tons of
trash, and completed thousands of conservation initiatives.
This year we have expanded Adopt-a-Crag to encompass the entire
month of September. We made this change to encourage organizers
to schedule their Adopt-a-Crag event on a day that works best for
their community and to partner with other organizations. As in
the past, you can get all your Adopt-a-Crag information and register
online at www.AccessFund.org. To organize your own Adopt-a-Crag,
contact Deanne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Big NEClimbs Congrats:
In case you didn't catch it, local climber, photographer and part-time
IME employee Ann Skidmore pretty much cleaned up in this year's
Climbing Magazine photo competition. Her shots are classy, extremely
well crafted and I personally think that she's got a great future.
I saw her slideshow a few weeks ago at Women's Rock Day. The
shots were impressive and on top of that she was enthusiastic
and articulate. I'm confident that we're going to see a lot more
of this lady's work in the mags in the near future. Nice job
Competitive Tree Climbing:
Tired of sport climbing comps? Well here's a new one... The International
Tree Climbing Championships is being held in West Park on the
North Side of Charolette. Organized by the International Society
of Arboriculture and taking place this past weekend, it featured
36 men and 12 women competing in five events such as the secured
footlock climb, belayed speed climb, and throwline event. Hmmm,
sounds like great fun.
New at NEClimbs:
There was lots more work done on the Routes section this week,
some you can't see, some you can. Please check it out. Lots of
new routes were added and better ways of looking at stuff. It's
really useful to be able to sort all the routes by grade or by
name or crag. I'll be adding in the GPS UTM readings very soon
for many of the crags I've included, as the structure is there
for it. It would be really neat to have it be able to link to
some topo site on-line like Terraserver.com to display a map.
I'm checking it out and I'm pretty sure it's possible. Now that
would be every cool!
Also, if anyone has pictures for routes that don't have any, let
me know. I only have a few for places like Lost Horizon and I'd
love to get more. Lost Ledge, Found Ledge, Woodchuck, and the like
would be great too. In addition, if there are specific routes you
think should definitely be added, let me know. Plus, if you have
any suggestions for additions to the functionality, drop me a line.
If I like it & think I can pull it off (that's probably the
big thing) I'll add it to the list.
Oh yeah, last but not least - if you come across any bugs, do
let me know. Be sure to tell me how to reproduce it so I can figure
out where it is taking place in the code. I'm still teaching myself
SQL and PHP so there may be some problems that I haven't seen yet.
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective December 9, 2016
Everything is in the process of rapid change right now. It hasn't gotten above 25 degrees all day (Friday) here in the Valley, it is surely colder up in the Notch. I would bet that at this rate by Sunday things will have radically changed, for the better! Although there was more ice in Crawford Notch on Wednesday than last week, IMO there was nothing climbable. A few folks have made the hike up into the Ravines, but things are fairly thin up there as well. A few days ago I saw pictures of a friend climbing the Open Book in Tucks. I asked about gear and they said that while climbable, it was basically unprotectable! Doesn't sound like much fun to me, but of course YMMV...
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:
Check it out and if you have issues on your specific phone, please feel free to let me know.
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I had the unique experience the next day: placing sixteen bolts in a row. It was just blank and there was no way around. But it was a route worth bolting for, and after a time I began to take an almost perverse joy in it, or at least in doing a good job.