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Oh boy, it's a mere matter of days before Xmas. Anyone who thinks that this is a relaxing time, is a definite nut case. to me it's one of the more stressful times of the year. Certainly it's a nice time, festive and all that. But there is just absolutely no break from the unrelenting march of buy-buy, do-do, until after New Year's. A part of me just wants to run away to the mountains somewhere and hide out 'till it's over. Wishful thinking, right?
I guess the fact that we're all getting a great holiday present in one of the better ice years than I've seen in quite a while should be present enough. Still, there was that new Cloudveil jacket, Nomic leashless ice tools and Isis shirt that I've been eyeing... Honey, are you listening? I guess I'm just a gear-slut at heart.
Saint Nick was spotted the other day making a test run over the Whites and some of his magic must have rubbed off. Pretty much everything has come in and has continued to build apace. Even the Hanging Garden has filled in with ice forming in unique places. Lake Willoughby hasn't missed out either, with new drips all over the place. All the regulars are making frantic pilgrimages north, grabbing new lines or ascents of old ones that are rarely in as fat a shape. In as little as 3 words:
It's All Good
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective November 29, 2015
Ben Maxwell was in Tucks on Sunday and said there were a couple of reasonable lines.. I got an email from fellow guide Matt Shove who was up in Huntington Saturday. He climbed rock and said that in his opinion the ice on the mountain "has been set back to Zero!" and not 5 minutes later I saw a post her on FB by Ben Maxwell and Joe Cormier saying that they climbed 3 pitches of ice in Tucks Saturday. Needless to say that was ribbons of ice, in-between dirt and grass, but apparently it WAS ice! And then Paul McCoy posted 2 pix of what looked surprisingly like ice somewhere on the mountain. So, I have to assume that while there IS ice to be climbed, it's still fairly minimal. So there you have it...
Speaking of the Lake & new routes, check out the NEClimbs Photo Gallery for a couple of great shots of Will Mayo on Super Nova. Now THAT's a real accomplishment. What an amazing route by an amazing climber. I am really impressed. And speaking of the Photo Gallery, don't forget that you can post your own shots up there for all to admire. Any registered Forum member can post images that are no more than 150k each.
Not much else to say other than:
1) it's a great ice season, so get out there & take advantage of it
2) I wish you all a very enjoyable and happy holiday season
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