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So here we are, barreling along toward the Winter Solstice, when days are the shortest and nights are longest. It's hard to believe that we are only 2 months away from that event until you notice that sunrise here in the North country has slipped back to a little after 7AM. Since I'm pretty much daylight driven, at least as far as mornings go, it's getting harder to get up early now and that's kind of annoying. Daylight Saving Time (and that's right there is officially no trailing S on the middle word!) begins for most of the US at 2 AM on the first Sunday in April and reverts back to standard time at 2 AM the last Sunday in October, October 29th to be exact. Switching to DST, clocks are turned forward an hour, effectively moving an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. The reverse happens in the Fall, where we get another hour of daylight in the morning. As a morning person, that's a good thing for me.
By way of note, 2005 our President, George Bush, signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This modified the time change dates for Daylight Saving Time beginning in 2007. Thus next year DST begins on the second Sunday of March and ends the first Sunday of November. The Secretary of Energy will report on the impact of this change to Congress and Congress will retain the right to revert DST back to the previous schedule once the Department of Energy study is complete. Who knows how long that could take!
All this of course makes me remember to get out my headlamps and check the batteries. The one in my pack as well as the one in the tool kit in my truck. The last time I did that they were both totally dead! Certainly not a good thing at this time of the year. Maybe I need to put a standard reminder in my popup calendar in my computer. Every few months check those batteries, even if I don't use the headlamp. Where would I be without my computer, aye?
Petzl Carabiner Recall:
I received this notice yesterday from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. I'm on their emailing list so I get this stuff automatically. As I mentioned once before, o course it would be nice if the manufacturers blasted this info out to the grassroots folks like us, but this is better than nothing.
Anyway, I went through all my biners & fortunately I didn't have any of these. You should most definitely do the same. With 8,000 of these babies sold you just might... Here are the details.
NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2006
Petzl America Recalls Climbing Equipment Due to Fall Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in
cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary
recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using
recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Carabiners used for climbing
Units: About 8,000
Importer/Distributor: Petzl America, of Clearfield, Utah
Hazard: These carabiners have a green button that acts as a safety
mechanism to prevent unlocking. The recalled carabiners can unlock
unexpectedly without pressing the green button, posing a fall hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recall involves the M34 BL Am'D Ball-Lock and M36 BL
William Ball Lock carabiners with metal locking sleeves. Carabiners with
batch number between 06076 and 06178 are included in the recall. The
batch number is engraved on the spine of the carabiner. The recall does
not include Ball Lock carabiners having a plastic locking sleeve.
Sold at: Petzl dealers nationwide from March 2006 through July 2006 for
about $13 for the Am'D model and about $17 for the William model.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled carabiners immediately,
and contact Petzl America to have their carabiners inspected and to
receive a free replacement, if necessary.
Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers can contact Petzl
America at (877) 807-3805 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through
Friday, or log on to the firm's Web site at www.petzl.com
To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the
recalled products, please CLICK HERE
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective March 6, 2014
While the ice is going through a bit of a change, what with the weather being so cold, it's still very good in most places. With the longer days and more intense sunlight we should start to see some refreshing going on, as soon as the temps moderate. Most climbs in the direct sun are starting to see a little water during the day, in spite of the cold. The stuff in the shade that's looking a bit beat up and that in the direct sun is a little pinky. That said, it looks as if this weekend things are going to moderate, so it should be a good one.
BTW I am aware that some of today's pix are of a decidedly poorer quality than we all are used to. This is because my main camera's battery pack died and I had to use my cell phone camera - sorry about that.
2006/2007 Fundraiser In Full Swing:
As you know it's "Fundraiser Month" at NEClimbs and The White Mountain Report. as of this morning 14 individuals and 3 Corporate Sponsors have taken the time to pony up. Thanks to you all. Your support and kind consideration is always deeply appreciated.
As in the past, all year long we quietly put out our weekly reports and maintain the NEClimbs web site. For 4 weeks following Columbus Day we ask you for your help. Keeping everything up to date is a MAJOR time consuming process. Providing you with the latest ice and rock conditions, reporting on events and people in the local climbing community consumes 10+ hours of my time every week, often more in Ice Season. Certainly not insignificant for a late-worker and early riser like me.
Our new webcam for NEClimbs.com arrived on Monday. I have been playing around with it over the past several days and it looks to be VERY cool. I should do what I want, to take multiple images of the various climbs. I am looking for the best place to put it, to give the best group of shots. Here is a picture of the cam:
This is one more example of how the site is growing and evolving. Just in case you are interested the cost of the new webcam was almost $2,500! and since it has to be heated all winter to keep it from freezing up, there is also the annual electric cost to figure in. It ain't trivial folks.
Without your support I simply wouldn't be able to justify this expense. As usual, you have to admit that we aren't asking for much. A minimal $20 donation isn't a lot for all the great information provided every single week. As usual, to make it more enticing we're offering even more. Make a contribution and be automatically entered in a raffle for some GREAT prizes like:
Patagonia men's Super Guide Jacket, in Ivy, Size large
3' Coyote Snow Picket
Komperdell Avalanche Probe
"The Villain, A Portrait of Don Whillans" by Jim Perrin
Robert Frost's acclaimed climbing video, "Auto Road"
"An Ice Climbers Guide to Northern New England" by Lewis & Wilcox
Tim Kemple's "New England Bouldering" guidebook
Accidents In North American Mountaineering 2006
3 plastic water bottles from Backcountry.com
"Boston Rocks" 2nd Edition guidebook
"Ways To The Sky" a history of North American mountaineering
More prizes will be added in the coming weeks.
The drawing will be held on November 13th, 2007. Winners will be notified in the Report. Your donation must be postmarked or received by PayPal before November 7, 2007 to be entered. It's a perfect opportunity to support
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Movie Planned of Mallory's Fatal Everest Climb:
More than 80 years after George Mallory disappeared on the icy slopes of Mount Everest, leaving the world to wonder if he was the first man to conquer the peak, a leading American producer is making a movie about his life.
Looking For More Route Pictures:
If you are poking around on in the rock or ice Routes Database on NEClimbs you may notice that there are some routes without any pictures. If you have a picture of one of these, even if it's not super, please send it in. It would be great if we had an image for every route in the database. Of course you would get credit for your photo. Thanks in advance...
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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