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September 8, 2005
Well the summer climbing season is over. The boogies & the beaners (musician
talk for the patrons in clubs) have gone home, kids are back in school & things
are starting to settle back into a nice relaxed state for the rest of the month.
Or at least until the Leaf Peepers start arriving!
In the meantime it's one of the absolute best times of the year to be a New
England climber. No bugs to speak of, mild temps during the day, cool temps
at night (perfect sleeping weather) and no lines at the crag. Does it get any
better than this? Only in the Spring I suppose, when you are desperate for
anything after a long winter.
Yes, it's a short Report this week. To be honest, there's not a lot for me
to report on. That will change later today tho as I'm headed off to climb the
Prow with Mark Synnott. It's my first real aid climb & it will most assuredly
be an event to remember. More next week...
The amazing hurricane that wasted New Orleans and the Gulf Coast has displaced
almost a million people. At long last relief efforts are seriously underway.
The Red Cross has been collecting donations to support their efforts, and
if you can manage to spare any money to help, it will be seriously appreciated.
While there have been some scams, why am I not surprised, you can safely
make a donation directly to the American Red Cross through this
link. Please do what you can. Even my 6 year old has made a contribution!
Reinhold Messner Finds Brother's Remains:
The Italian mountaineer retrieved his brother's lost remains from Pakistan's
perilous Nanga Parbat mountain, 35 years after their conquest of the peak
ended in tragedy. Other members of the 1970 expedition accused Messner of
abandining his younger brother Gunther, then 24, after reaching the summit.
At that time Gunther was suffering altitude sickness.
At a press conference on Sunday Messner showed reporters a leather mountaineer's
boot, with holes in the front but largely intact, that he said belonged to
his brother. He said villagers found it July 17 near the base of the 26,658-foot-high
peak, along with human remains apparently churned down its steep slopes over
the years by glaciers and snows. He says the location where the remains were
found -- on the western side of the mountain -- support his account of what
happened. At the press conference a German doctor, Dr. Roudolf, stated that
a DNA test being carried out in Munich would clinch the issue within the next
two weeks. It will be interesting to see...
ClimbFest presents an outdoor climbing competition and festival for any age
and ability at the newly resurrected Quincy quarries, Saturday, Sept. 24,
2005 (rain date: Sun. Sept. 25).
For climbers ClimbFest has a speed climbing comp. gear demos, and technical
clinics and lots of prizes and giveaways. For the general public ClimbFest
will feature a climbing wall, a long and exciting Tyrolean traverse across
the quarry, climbing for the whole family, food, raffles, and more. Come on
down for a fun filled day! Support your climbing community!
The ClimbFest Committee is looking for a people to help. For information on
joining the ClimbFest Committee and getting involved in putting on a cool event
go to http://www.ClimbFest.com and select the link for the ClimbFest Committee.
The ClimbFest needs volunteers on the day of the event too. Volunteering is
a lot of fun and ClimbFest will reward your efforts with goodies, not to mention
that warm fuzzy feeling you get when by helping your climbing community. For
more info, go to http://www.ClimbFest.com and select the link to volunteer
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The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire
|From Everest Base Camp, you can walk four hours and you're lounging on grass, drinking beer with trekkers. K2 stands absolutely on its own. The approach is hard. The base camp feels like the moon. The mountain itself looks utterly impregnable, and there's no easy way up the thing. And all this hits you between the eyes when you see it for the first time. It's like that famous Munch painting. You know the one—The Scream? Except, of course, you're the one doing the screaming.|