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My oh my... The wind was a howling and the house was a rockin' Wednesday night. It was very cold on Wednesday, barely rising up into the mid 20's by mid-day. The temps plummeted 6 degrees in about an hour, starting at around 4PM, bringing them down to a winter low of 14. When I walked over to the cliff to check on the state of the North End and Repentance I was a little underdressed and even the dog was an unhappy camper. But about 2 AM I woke up to silence, stillness and even colder temps.
Cold weather notwithstanding, it's still disconcerting to look out in the back yard and see the green grass. After all the rain and warm temps recently, there is a minimal snow cover anywhere except up on the Mountain. I don't downhill ski, but I do cross country and this is not what I am looking for. One of my fave things to do is to walk out the back door & x-ski over to the North End for a few laps on Thresher or the pillars. Right now I can mountain bike over there. Pretty amazing.
Chatting around with Maury McKinney (IMCS) Wednesday afternoon we both agreed that walking around in crampons in the woods where there isn't any snow is totally annoying. Hiking down the trails after topping out on a climb and getting all the leaves stuck on the points of your crampons seems so obscene. I mean, having to watch that your crampons don't ball up with leaves! Give me a break. We decided that we should design a new tool to scrape the leaves off your points, perhaps some kind of small rake. And since the normal "bot plates" don't keep leaves off, maybe a new style of plate would need to be developed. Hey - maybe this would be something that we could get Trango, Black Diamond or Petzl to manufacture. Hmmm...just how far can we take this?
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective February 4, 2016
In spite of the rain and warmup, there is still ice to be climbed in the Valley and Notches. Some additional caution is required after an event like this, but with reasonable care you should have stuff to climb this weekend. All of the larger climbs are still there and by mid-day Friday and Saturday should be good to go. Just place plenty of pro, check for bonding and beware of some of the top-outs and all should be good. For the time being I personally would NOT go under Repentance or Remission!
New Photo Gallery Coming To NEClimbs:
After evaluation and testing I found a Gallery software package that it looks like will integrate with NEClimbs and its new Forum. Of course I had to more than double the storage space at NEClimbs to be able to handle it and I am in the process of configuring the package. With any luck, and a bit of time, it will be online over the weekend - just in time for you to post the pictures of you sending that first M10 of the season!
Once it's up you will be able to access the Gallery by selecting the Photo Gallery menu option on the site. You will need to be a registered member of the NEClimbs Forum to post images. That's easy, just go tot the Forum
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:
Check it out and if you have issues on your specific phone, please feel free to let me know.
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