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October 20, 2005
FINALLY!!!! After days and days of cloudy, rainy, foggy, blustery weather
we finally get to FALL. And not only that, after the Valley being green all
the way to mid-October the leaves are changing at last. In fact, I'll bet
that this weekend we hit peak color. Of course the hard freeze predicted
for Friday night will likely cause all the every leaf in the area to immediately
drop off, so get it will you can.
A snowstorm last weekend on the Mt. Washington set two records for the month
of October. Between Saturday and Monday the summit got a dump of 34 inches of
frozen precipitation! This beat the record for the most snowfall from a single
storm in October and also beat the record for the most snow in 24 hours in October,
with 25.5 inches falling between noon Sunday and noon Monday.
"Basically, we've had white-out conditions for the last three days," weather
observer David Balfrey said Tuesday morning. He said it looks like January or
February, with 12-foot drifts and tons of ice that has to be chipped off their
instruments. That means climbing weather towers and smashing the ice with crowbars,
hammers, "anything heavy and blunt," Balfrey said. "It's not
the most scientific end of our job."
He and fellow observers are confident of beating the October snowfall record.
They are only 5 1/2 inches short of the record of 39.8 inches set in 2000.
"We are pretty sure we'll get another four or five inches before the
end of month," Balfrey said.
Here are links to some interesting pics taken last weekend.
With all this snow and cold in the Ravines, who will be the first to climb
Pinnacle? Last year I believe it got done before Halloween, I think around
the first of November. I went up and soloed it November 10th. I haven't heard
of anyone getting up there yet, but I'll bet it's getting close. Of course
if it's snowing up there, there is the possibility of an avalanche. it's time
to start checking the Avalanche Advisory for Tuckerman and Huntington Ravines
BEFORE you go up. Here's the link if you don't have it handy -
It's time to get out the winter gear, and don't forget the beacons, shovels
The last day of operation for the theMount Washington State Park's Sherman
Adams Building as well as the Mount Washington Auto Road will be October 23rd.
After this date no public facilites will be available on the summit. The Mount
Washington Observatory's Summit Museum closed on October 14th.
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On Wednesday two climbers at the North End observed "a guy with earrings" chop
the bolts at the North End. They brought the chains to IME. In my opinion this
is getting to be a real DRAG! Who knows folks, maybe it IS time for some glue-ins.
From Hans Florine at speedclimbing.com
On October 17, 12005 Tommy Coldwell free climbed the Nose of El Capitan in
less than 12 hours, taking only one fall on the Changing Corners pitch. Beth
Rodden-Caldwell belayed Tommy on his ascent; incredibly, Tommy and Beth freed
the route together in four days, swapping pitches, only 36 hours before Tommy’s
successful ascent. The pair started Tommy’s free bid around midnight and
encountered only one other party, whom they passed around 3 A.M. on the top
of Dolt Tower. Rather than simul-climbing, Caldwell “pitched out” the
route and rested while Beth jugged. This is the second time that the Nose has
been freed in a day, and is the first all-free-in-a-day ascent by a male (the
previous one-day ascent was made by Lynn Hill in 1994). For details http://www.speedclimb.com.
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