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September 2, 2004
As I've been spending evenings putting in routes into the database
on the site, I am continually surprised about the number of times
I come across certain names. It almost seems as if for a period
of time there was no one on the cliff other than these guys. Chatting
with Joe Cote recently, he aid that in fact it was pretty much
that way. Basically there was so much incredible rock everywhere
you looked that it was easy to put up a FA on Ventilator, while
John Turner, Joe Cote, Ed Webster, John Strand, Henry Barber,
George Hurley, Paul Ross, and many others are names you see in
the guidebooks all the time. Some are still living in the Valley
and climbing, some have drifted away from the area or in some cases
from climbing altogether. That said, if you know what they look
like, you would be surprised at who you'll run into on the cliffs
or the bike and ski trails. Michael Hartrich is one who has spent
probably over 30 years in the Valley - climbing, back country skiing,
hiking and mountain biking. While many classic area routes have
his name on them, there are probably just as many that were never
recorded. He is a classic back-country climber, putting up tons
of routes, not always recording them. The following quote by another
great climber, Chris Gill, really put it into perspective -
"I always lived in fear of discovering some new routes I
had so proudly done had been soloed in the rain by Michael Hartrich
in EB’s while he carried his dog in one hand." - Chris
This is probably the case for many area climbers who put up routes
around here. Just because a crag is mossy & looks untouched,
the odds are that Michael or someone like him, has climbed there.
That said, if you are looking for some really different climbing
in interesting places, keep your eye on the Routes section in NEClimbs.
We've added a bunch of new routes that aren't in any quidebook
and are in wonderful places like Sandwich Notch, Lost Ledge, Crack
In The Woods Cliff, The Bluff (left of Humphrey's) and most recently
the 100 Acre Woods (one of 2 crags on the Moats). That's right,
you don't have to climb Fun House again! If you're up for an adventure,
check out some of the new stuff. And this is just the tip of the
iceberg folks...there's lots more to come.
Several people have mentioned that there is a large bee/hornet/wasp
nest in the flake on the second pitch of Lost Souls. This is
right after you finish the face climbing portion of the pitch
and is right where you would put your hand. A number of climbers
have been stung so please beware. It is possible to climb out
left at that section, joining with the upper portion of Creole
Love Call just below its bolt.
After a five-year hiatus, the Quincy Quarries Climbfest is BACK! Everyone
is welcome, seasoned climbers, friends, and anyone curious about
climbing. The historic Quincy Quarries, once over 200 feet deep
with water, have recently been drained and filled with 710,000
tons of "Big
Dig" dirt. Gates open at 9 AM and there will be a Speed Climbing
starting at 1 PM. For more information and directions check out
The Quincy Quarries ClimbFest 2004, in conjunction with Bob Smith’s
Wilderness House, is pleased to host Mark Synnott as he recounts
his stories from three of his most memorable big-wall climbs. Through
his slides and stories, Mark escorts his audience up the North
Face of the Polar Sun Spire on the artic Baffin Island; to the
heights of the Northwest Face of Great Trango Tower at Karakoram
in Pakistan; and then up the Scorpion Wall, one of the barely explored
big walls hidden in the Amazonian jungle. Each climb, thousands
of feet high, is found in starkly different and remote parts of
the world. His stories introduce us to the peoples of each of these
regions as well as the climbers who shared in the expeditions,
including Alex Lowe, Jared Ogden, Warren Hollinger, and Jeff Chapman.
Mark is a senior contributing editor for Climbing magazine and
a technical consultant to product development at The North Face,
where he is a member of the Climbing Team. He makes his living
as an author, a climbing guide, a speaker, and a photographer.
His writing and photography has appeared in numerous issues of
Climbing magazine, Rock & Ice, National Geographic Adventure,
and many other publications. His film work includes documentaries
for National Geographic television, Warren Miller Films, and American
Friday, September 17, 2004 - 7:30 PM
Bob Smith’s Wilderness House
1048 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
(free parking available behind the store)
PLUS: Raffle with proceeds to benefit the Access Fun
Yup, it's September and that means that the annual fundraiser is
getting ready to start. Beginning next week, and continuing for
4 weeks, we'll be asking you to support our efforts in maintaining
the White Mountain Report and NEClimbs.com. This is just a heads-up,
in hopes that you will put aside enough for a small donation
to help us keep things cranking along for another year. Believe
it or not we started putting the Report out on September 16,
1999, that's about 5 years folks! We'd love to be able to keep
it going for another 5.
Jo and Rob Gambi became the first married couple to succeed at
climbing all 7 summits when they summitted Mt. Elbrus last month.
The English woman and her Australian husband spent 1 year, 38
days and almost $275,000 on the record! They managed to succeed
at each summit on the first try.
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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Have fun and climb safe,
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire
|Tick marks abound, so even the stupid can climb.
In his preface for the original Rifle guide.