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In the January 20th report I mentioned that there had been a serious
accident at the Tablets area of Lake Willoughby. Because there was no rescue
cache available in the area, the victim was hand-carried down the hill to a
car and transported to the regional hospital in St. Johnsbury. After some
discussion with one of the participants in the rescue, a thread started up
on NEClimbs about the possibility of purchasing one or more litters and
placing them up on the hills near the cliff.
Richard Doucette, of the Boston AMC Mountaineering
Committee, has taken the lead in this effort. In spite of the very
real difficulties and frustrations in working through the State
bureaucracy, including a local EMS group that feels threatened
and didn't want it to happen, Richard has managed to get approval
for this from the area Rangers. Everyone I have spoken to thinks
that this is a good idea. Richard has done the legwork, now comes the hard
part folks. Yes, it's time to
PUT OUR MONEY WHERE OUR MOUTHS ARE
We need to get money together to make this happen.
the State of Vermont is NOT going to pay for it. If we want it
to happen, we will need to raise money to pay for it ourselves.
While there was a lot of talk about contributing, very few have
actually done so. NEClimbs has contributed $50 to the cause. I
hope that you will do whatever you can as well. This is a case
of the climbing community helping itself. Send your check or money
Willoughby Cache Fund
49 Crescent Ave.
Melrose MA 02176
Please make the check out to Richard Doucette
and note that it is for the Willoughby Cache Fund.
I urge you to make this happen. Even if you don't
visit the Lake, or only go rarely, it is needed.
Thank you for your support...
Heads Up From The Access Fund:
The following are 2 excerpts from the Access Fund. If true I am
very concerned bout these two very important areas.For more info
Luxury Housing Development
Proposed at New River Gorge!
***From the National Parks Conservation Association***
The New River Gorge National River, a world-class white water rafting
and rock climbing destination and jewel of our National Park
System, is at risk of being developed for luxury houses. Land
Resource Companies (LRC), an Atlanta-based developer, is proposing
a 2,200-house development on 4,300 acres along ten miles of the
canyon rim; 613 acres of this land lies within the congressionally
designated boundary for the park and the rest is directly adjacent.
In order to move forward with the current development proposal
LRC must get Fayette County, West Virginia to change the zoning
of the land from its current designation of "land conservation" to "planned
Red Rocks, NV to Lose Federal Money
The Bush Administration's proposed budget seeks to take away money raised
from the sale of southern Nevada federal lands intended to
benefit Red Rocks to instead pay off the national deficit. As much
of 70% of the money raised from the Southern Nevada Public Land
Management Act (SNLMA) was intended to fund a special account available
to the Secretary of the Interior for acquiring environmentally
sensitive land in Nevada, capital improvements at the Lake Mead
National Recreation Area and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation
Area, and funding for the development of parks, trails, and other
conservation initiatives. Instead, the Bush Administration's proposed
budget would take most of these land sale revenues-about $700 million
a year-to reduce the national deficit.
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:
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