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November 24, 2005

Hi Folks,

There are a ton of reasons to be thankful at this time of year. For myself I am truly thankful that I have a loving family, a comfortable and warm house, a type of work that pays me a living wage and that I enjoy doing, and of course the time to do the various things that make life worth living. I am very thankful for my health and general happiness as well, for without both I wouldn't be able to enjoy the good things my life has to offer. But I am also thankful for all of the climbers, friends and sponsors who make the Report and NEClimbs possible. Without your consideration, this newsletter and web site would not be possible. Happy Thanksgiving to all...

This was our best Fundraiser ever, with over 180 individuals participating. The winners of this year's Fundraiser Raffle have been determined and the results are posted in the General Climbing section on NEClimbs. Congratulations to all the winners. Here they are again:

Steven Gabis - "Rock Climbing: Mastering Basic Skills"
John Hazell - Nalgene water bottle
Rahul Dave - "Ice Climbers Guide to Northern New England"
Jim Wahl - "New England Bouldering"
Douglas Huntley - Nalgene water bottle
Cris Brady - Accidents In North American Mountaineering 2005
Richard Miller - Nalgene water bottle
Tom Aldcroft - Boston Rocks 2nd Edition
Robert MacKinnon - Boston Rocks 2nd Edition
Simon Peffers       - Nalgene water bottle
Shawn Higbee - American Alpine Journal 2005
Christo Angelov - Nalgene water bottle
Tom Stryker - 2006 Colorado Fourteeners Calendar
Michael Dunn - Yates Shortie Screamer
Robert Insolia - Nalgene water bottle
Robert Clark - Petzl Duo LED 5 Headlamp
Joseph Melim - 8 mm 60-meter Sterling tag line

Emails went out to winners Monday afternoon and some of you have responded already. If you are a winner and have not received an email, please contact me directly. Thanks again to everyone who made a donation and to the various entities and individuals who donated prizes including: BackCountry.com, Richard Doucette, Sterling Rope, Bob Pugh and the Mountaineers Books.

Besides supporting the Report and NEClimbs this year many of you have chosen to help in other ways. An early-season ice climbing accident last year precipitated a drive to place several rescue caches at Lake Willoughby. Boston AMC Mountaineering Committee President Richard Doucette spearheaded the efforts, even getting permission from the Vermont State Park, as the cliff is on state land. Special thanks goes to fellow climber and friend David Powers who built the enclosures for the litter and organized getting them up to the cliff and installed. In the process of organizing these efforts a new climbers organization has come together, The Northeastern Vermont Climber's Alliance. This is great news and we welcome the organization and wish them all the best. Here is an announcement about the Cache and their formation...

Rescue Cache At Lake Willoughby:
This past Sunday, nine volunteers installed a first aid litter at the base of the cliffs on Mount Pisgah. The shelter and rescue sled were hiked in, and installed in the woods between Left Tablet and Zephyr/Crazy Diamond ice routes. A second cache is in the works, and will be put in the vicinity of The Last Gentleman amphitheater.

The rescue sled, and the materials for the shelter were purchased with donations made by climbers from all over the Northeast, organized by Massachusetts climber Richard Doucette. The fundraising covered the cost of two litters, materials to build shelters to house them, and modest first aid supplies for each.

The rescue caches and shelters will be maintained by the Northeastern Vermont Climber's Alliance, a fledgling organization still working on a mission statement, but generally looking to advocate for climbers and maintain climbing resources in the Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Thanks to all who helped make the rescue cache a reality! Look for more news and good things from NEVCA soon.

-Matthew Elliott

Many of you contributed money, time, and supplies to the cache project. Richard did an amazing job pulling all of this together and making it happen. I am once more impressed with his drive and organizational skills. Great Kudos go to him!

Richard also suggested that I recognize those who donated to the Lake Willoughby Rescue Litter Fund. He provided me with a list and here 'tis -

Olga Mirkina
Alexi Maznev
Susan Ruff
Dave Warriner
Mark Renson
Bill Atkinson
Harrison Shulman
Al Hospers
Perrin Prescott
Patrick Cryan
Silvia Monticelli
Dave Yee
Anonymous
Jen Reed
Oliver & Sharon LeBras
Gregory Leach
Lawrence Leef
Rick Abbot
Tom Boydston
Tom Carey
John Burton
Travis Piper
Rick Buirkle
John Beatty
Betty Oser
Ken Parker & Candice Boyd
Boris Dynkin
Theodore Paul Streibert
Jim Schroeder
Mark Thompson
Dan Beausoleil
Robert Ahern
Pam Frank
Ed Verosko
AMC Boston Chapter Mountaineering Committee
Dennis Maher
Leslie Coquette
Dartmouth Outing Club
Seth Green
Yuki Fujita
Bob Wadja
Chris Dube
Dan Cousins
Wilderness Medical Associates
Akiko Kawai
Tom Carey
Doug Huntley
Sam Morton, Sterling Ropes
Rick Wilcox, IME

It is a great thing when a group of people come together to support something like this. I am truly proud of what has been done here and personally congratulate you all and Richard for a job very well done.

Southern California Fixed Anchor Ban:
Last year the Access Fund issued an action alert to climbers and drafted comments for revisions to a forest plan revision in the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California that proposed to ban fixed anchors in wilderness. With a major assist from Randy Vogel and other southern California locals, climbers succeeded in removing the proposed ban from the final plan. In September, the San Bernardino National Forest announced that two sentences in the draft plan proposing a ban on fixed anchor bolts for rock climbing caused a deluge of comments from the climbing community, including climbers in Switzerland and Australia! After further study and coordination, the

Southern California Fixed Anchor Ban:
Last year the Access Fund issued an action alert to climbers and drafted comments for revisions to a forest plan revision in the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California that proposed to ban fixed anchors in wilderness. With a major assist from Randy Vogel and other southern California locals, climbers succeeded in removing the proposed ban from the final plan. In September, the San Bernardino National Forest announced that two sentences in the draft plan proposing a ban on fixed anchor bolts for rock climbing caused a deluge of comments from the climbing community, including climbers in Switzerland and Australia! After further study and coordination, the Forest chose to drop the proposed standard and tier to forthcoming Forest Service fixed anchor national direction. Rock climbing is suitable in all zones. The Access Fund continues to work with US Forest Service officials in Washington, DC regarding a national policy that could be finalized next year which acknowledges the legitimacy of new fixed anchor placements in designated wilderness areas.

Tucks Pictures On Wednesday:
Brad's in blue, I am in orange. You can get a pretty good view of the state-o-the-ice in the center of the headwall and the open book area. We simul-soloed up the ramp on the left side of the book, continued straight up for a ways, traversed left, climbed the large ice slab near the center of the bowl, downclimbed it and then wandered down and back to our packs near the book. Absolutely great early-season fun.

Brad
Al
Bowl
Another view of bowl
Sunlight on the right side of bowl

You can get a pretty good view of the state-o-the-ice in the center of the headwall and the open book area. We simul-soloed up the ramp on the left side of the book, continued straight up for a ways, traversed left, climbed the large ice slab near the center of the bowl, downclimbed it and then wandered down and back to our packs near the book. Absolutely great early-season fun.



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:

http://www.neclimbs.com/mobile

Check it out and if you have issues on your specific phone, please feel free to let me know.

NEClimbs & White Mountain Report On Facebook:
Join us and LIKE us on Facebook. I'll try and post some interesting pix every Thursday and the latest Ice Report in the season, tho certainly not the whole Report. Here's where you can check it out:

http://www.facebook.com/NEClimbs/

Have fun and climb safe,


Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


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