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September 22, 2005
Today is another annual milestone. Yes that's right, this evening, a fraction
after 6 PM, it will officially be the end of summer! But, who cares! Looking
at the weather outside my window, it's about as perfect as one could ask for!
No bugs, no tourists, no waiting. Now this is climbing as I want it to be.
Don't miss getting out right now. It doesn't get a whole lot better than this.
On short notice, an open meeting was convened at the North Conway Community
Center to discuss the new bolt anchor atop the 2nd pitch of Airation. After
a lengthy discussion a motion was voted on:
A motion to remove the recently drilled bolts on top of Airation, after a ten
day appeal period, for the following reasons:
1. This act is not consistent with the prevailing agreed upon effort to
"maintain the original character and integrity of existing routes".
2. The bolts were placed on an existing route.
Should no appeal be made within the grace period, said bolts will be removed
on or after Oct. 3, 2005.
Appeals may be directed to:
Joe Cote jos-cote(AT)juno.com
This motion was passed unanimously by the thirty- one climbers in attendance.
Jeff Cavicchi jeffc(AT)debike.com
Steve Larson larson(AT)ncia.net
The overriding concern in formulating the motion was that an opportunity be
given for the bolter to justify/explain this action.
In attendance: Kurt Winkler, Henry C. Barber, Alain Comeau, David Kelly, Bradley
White, Al Hospers, Marvin Wright, Jean Goldsborough, Jim Frati, Zebulon Jakub,
Dale, Chris Graham, Roy Haraldstad, Dave Lottmann, Brian Post, Anne Skidmore,
Bayard Russell Mantie Pilzer, Jeff Cavicchi, Eliot Gaddy, Renan Ozturk, Josh
Hurst, Ken Reville, Rob Adair, Chris Noonan, Steve Larson, Joe Cote, Karen
Cote, Joe Perez, Judy Perez, Maury McKinney
NOTE - to my knowledge no one has responded. It's also kind of interesting
that no one has responded to the posting on the NEClimbs Forum. Not sure what
that says... Maybe that a reasoned and rational response, rather than instant
vigilante action, makes sense to people. Hmmm...
Coming to the Somerville Theatre on September 27 & 2005 & September
Two nights of Wildness in the Wilderness! 14 Films over two nights. And on
Tuesday night we'll be screening the new trailer for "Benedictus",
a new film by New England filmakers Jen Tennican and Bill Clack. It's the story
of Boston climber Tom Callaghans' 7 year struggle to establish a traditional
hard rock climbing route from the bottom to the top of "the Big Wall" section
of Cannon Cliff in New Hampshire. To read an interview with Jen Tennican about
Benidictus, and find out about all the movies go to www.HermitLake.com.
ClimbFest 2005 still needs volunteers this Saturday, September 24 at the Quincy
Quarries. ClimbFest cannot be a success without the help of dedicated volunteers
for the many essential tasks. We need help with site setup, route setup,
registration, belaying, the information booth, scoring, the raffle, and many
other items. Please be a ClimbFest volunteer. Its a great way to carry on
a Boston climbing tradition, meet other local climbers, and enjoy the renewed
splendor of the Quincy Quarries.
ClimbFest is being held from 9:00am until 4:30pm. Complete information
about the Quincy Quarries ClimbFest is on the web at http://www.ClimbFest.com.
Plan to compete, help out, or hang out with the Boston climbing community.
Send email to volunteers@ClimbFest.com to register as a volunteer --
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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Have fun and climb safe,
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire
|The solitary ascent of the Dru had the immediate effect of expanding the horizons of my ideas about mountaineering. It made me aware of possibilities well in advance of the times, which were characterized by very restricted mothods. This was how the suberb pyramid of K2 surfaced once more in the list of my projects. But I chose K2 as a way for giving concrete form to my new concept of mountaineering: to climb the second highest montain in the world solo, alpine style, and without oxygen.|