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September 23, 2004
CSI North Conway - hey, they have it for everywhere else, so why
not here? On Wednesday I did the final bit of leg-work to totally
convince myself that my suspicion that Woodchuck Ledge IS actually
Eagle Ledge is correct. And yes, I was just a little bit uncertain!
Brian Post came over at 9 AM and we hiked into Woodchuck. Although
it is an easy hike, those hiking-with-a-pack muscles are definitely
different than the riding-the-bike muscles! We looked around for
a while, took some pictures and then climbed Oktoberfest (one all
the way to the right side of the cliff), all the way to the top.
It's an OK outing though fairly dirty from lack of traffic. The
upper crack was filled with moss and weeds and some of the face
looked as if it hadn't been done in years. IMNSHO it's probably
unworthy of the star that Ed gives it! Still, it was climbing,
and it was a pretty day. What more can I ask for? Anyway, as
Brian was climbing, the GPS was cookin', so when he got up I
captured the coordinates. As soon as I got home I popped them
into Terraserver and the red dot appeared directly on the top
right side of Eagle
B I N G O
I hadn't noticed before, but you can see the cliff quite well
from the field by the parking area for the Moat Trail on Passaconaway
Road, look left of the South Moat. It makes me wonder where Ed
took his picture in the book. The trailhead is not very far at
all when you drive down Passaconaway. The other cliff (the real
Woodchuck, is waaaay on down the road near the old Johnson Development
(the old camps on the Swift) on the left. The two areas aren't
even very close together.
So, what do we do with this information now folks? Do we push
the USGS for a name change, do we send out correction notices to
all guidebook purchasers for the last 30+ years? Should a information-recall
notice be published in Climbing and R&I magazines?
IMPORTANT CRAG NAME RECALL NOTICE
Where do we go from here? What should we call it now? My favorite
is "Eagle Ledge, the crag formerly known as Woodchuck Ledge." What's
Along these lines, perhaps you can help me with some other detective
work. I noticed a few newish lines while I was wandering around
Woodchuck/Eagle that don't seem to be in Ed's book. The first is
on the front right side of the Roger's Spire buttress. Here's a
are at least 3 bolts and a very unique gargoyle/spire on the right
side. It looks like a wild line that goes right out the arete.
The other is up on the Zonkers Wall, just right of Circus Time
on the corner. There were a couple of new bolts and a black piece
of webbing stuck on the first bolt as if someone had bailed. It
looked like an interesting line. Here's a picture of
this one. If you have any info on these climbs please let me know.
And also if you have pics of anyone on any of the climbs at the
crag, please send them along. I'd love to include some people shots
in the route area.
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Last week I did a big ride over the Kanc to Lincoln and back. On
the way back down the hill on this side we passed some obviously
disabled riders on their way up. Some were on bikes with the
pedal work being done with arm-cranks while some were being towed
by other riders. Apparently this is a part of an organization
sponsored by the University Of New Hampshire called Northeast
Passage. You can read more about it here -
Seeing these folks grind their way uphill really made me think
about all that I have. I get out and ride 3-5 times a week, I climb
and I do all kinds of active stuff. I've got aches and pains and
sometimes I worry about various maladies I may, or may not, have.
I've got ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEMS compared to these folks. and yet
here they are, doing what basically amounts to the same century
(100 mile) ride here in the White Mountains that any rider, myself
included, would be darn happy to manage. This is impressive both
physically and psychologically and these folks are deserving of
all the praise in the world. I found myself thumbs-upping and cheering
as I rode past them. Hey, I was proud of my little 79 mile jaunt,
but these folks should be damn proud of getting through their lives.
I've been working my way along toward completing a century bike
ride this season. This weekend the Granite State Wheelmen are
putting on their annual Seacoast Century ride starting in Hampton
Beach and going through 3 states. My partner in biking Ian Cruickshank
and I will be there riding on Sunday along with several other
climbers we know including Jim Gagne. If you are there keep an
eye out for us. We're the ones riding slow! Say hi if you see
us out there.
Two great events are taking place, both this weekend. If you live
near these areas it would be a great thing to get out there and
lend a hand. And tell 'em NEClimbs sent 'cha!
Middlesex Fells Reservation - Cleanup
THIS Sunday morning, 9am-12noon, September 26th
Meet at 1 Woodland Road Stoneham (corner of Woodland Rd and Pond
Contact Richard Doucette at 617-875-6497 or 781-620-1223 if you
Lower West Bolton -
THIS Saturday, September 25th. Mark your calendars for Saturday,
September 25th from 11am to 3pm for a day of stewardship and
fun at Lower West Bolton. Trail stabilization will continue on
the new access trail built last summer and along the cliff base.
All participants will receive a raffle ticket for schweet schwag!
Schedule: 11am—meet at Lower West Bolton. 3pm—Ben & Jerry's
ice cream and raffle. You're also welcome to join us at 9:30 for
breakfast at Bridge Street Cafe in Richmond (buy your own).
Well folks there are even MORE routes on the site this week. The
total now is OVER 300 rock routes from 12 areas. Many of them
are unavailable in ANY guidebook! This week I added routes and
pictures for Square Ledge up in Pinkham, Mt. Willard in Crawford
Notch and a bunch of new ones at Eagle Cliff, the crag formerly
known as Woodchuck Ledge. If you haven't climbed in any of these
locations, you really should. With fall here already, it's the
perfect time to explore some of these superb locations. Square
Ledge has a bunch of wonderful moderates, Willard some great
climbing in the 5.10 range and Woodchuck has something for every
I'm getting ready to make a change in the way I send out the Report
mailings. With over 650 subscribers, it's just too difficult to
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A few of you have older email readers that apparently don't handle
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to enable me to get the job done more efficiently.
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North Conway, New Hampshire
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