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Sometimes as I am driving by myself up to the
Notch when the road is dry and there is nobody out, it's as if
I am on cruise control. I think about the climb I'm going to do,
the tune that's blasting on the iPod or the computer project that
I'm currently working on. I don't "wake up" until I get
to the Davis Path parking lot at the Texaco area. Right about there
I snap out of it. Needless to say this definitely does NOT happen
when I'm climbing!
Even tho climbing is almost second-nature to me now, when I'm
out there I am just so totally focused on the job at hand. Every
crimper, jug, axe placement and kick-step are vividly in the forefront
of my brain's activity. There is no music running and thoughts
about work intruding. It's just me and IT. As I soloed the first
pitch of Standard this morning I was totally in the zone. Brad
White and a client were on the right side so I took a steep line
in the center, just right of a big hole that was running water.
The ice was candled but thick enough to take full swings and great
kicks, making me feel totally solid. It was a wonderful feeling
to stand there in the middle of a 20' curtain of vertical ice and
know that this was where I wanted and needed to be right at this
moment in my life. There aren't a whole lot of things that can
make you feel that alive.
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective November 26, 2015
While there certainly have been folks climbing early season ice in the upper elevations, and on occasion in places like the Black Dike, even that is barely IN - if you would call it that. The best ice Iíve seen has peen the pix my friend Matty send me of Tucks on the 24th. Everything in the lower elevations isnít really close at all. With temps up to 50 in Crawford Notch this morning, and fluctuating all over the place this weekend, including some rain on Friday, Iím not too confident in the idea that much in the way of ice making will be taking place. If you want to take a hike up on the Mountain with the idea that a hike is possibly all it may be, then thatís a great idea. Otherwise Iíd give it another week or so.
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