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The weather this week has been a real tease for
everyone. You ride down the road and the snowbanks are all brown
and look like the ground, but of course they aren't. That said
we are starting to get patches of exposed ground where the sun
is melting the snow and that's enough to get us all thinking about,
what else, ROCK!
Of course the rock season has already started at places like Rumney,
if it every stopped! People here are going out to Humphrey's and
Sundown trying to grab the sunny pseudo-warm and bug-free days
while they can. It is a time when you have to be careful tho. George
Hurley and friend were at Humphrey's this week when a large chunk
of ice fell off directly above them, fortunately disintegrating
in mid-flight. They were lucky. I went over past Whitehorse yesterday
and I think it will be a long time before anyone should attempt
any climbs on the right or middle. However once we have a few more
dry days the South Buttress should be good.
Whatever you do out there just make sure that there isn't some
ice lurking in a crack above your head. It's a tricky transition
time and maybe one that is better served up on Mt Washington or
on a bike. <grin> Hey, I've already gotten in 4 good rides
Oh yeah, one more thing. The Valley didn't get ANY of the snow
that hit Southern NH & Massachusetts! Right now it's 44 and
sunny. Eat your heart out.
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective April 17, 2015
I know, I know there are some folks who will say that this or that climb is still IN, but believe me there really is no safe ice in the lower elevation now, so the rating has been dropped to a 1. This indicates that the only ice is in the higher terrain now. And in fact, other than climbs that have some significant part of them in the shade, like Pinnacle, everything else should be considered suspect. That said the skiing is supposedly amazing right now so grab it while you can. Starting next week we will move fully into rock season and will switch to BugCON ratings.
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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During the qualifying round I heard the contestant ahead of me introduced: 'Hardest redpoint: 5.14b, hardest on-sight: 5.13c' (Geoff Weigand). The contestant after me: 'Hardest redpoint: K2' (Greg Child).