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March 8, 2007
It's 4AM and I am wide awake in my bed. Wham Bam Whack. Bump Bump Bump. All kinds of things go bump in the night, some mysterious, some not. Fortunately these weren't strange at all, just annoying since they were taking place very early on Tuesday morning. It had been hard enough to go to sleep with the quite literally howling winds, 40+ MPH gusts, and the bangs on the side of the house fit right in.
We have certainly had our share of ups and downs in the weather patterns this season. No snow, snow, warm, cold, you name it. Starting Monday night we slipped back into a brutally cold phase. When I say cold, I really mean it too. On Monday morning it started out at -6 degrees here at Cathedral Ledge and barely rose above 0 all day. Looks as if that's going to be the deal on Thursday, but it's going to get better folks. In fact it looks as if the weekend may be absolutely wonderful by comparison, stay tuned...
On another note, so to speak, I just got my final issue of Rock & Ice magazine last week. You may remember, I have let my subscription lapse. In it there is an article on knots where they "review" 5 knots, 3 for tying 2 ropes together: water knot, double fisherman's and the overhand (a.k.a. euro death knot - EDK). They give the first two knots 4-stars each and the EDK only 1. Their rational for the EDK's poor performance is that it has the possibility of "capsizing" and "was the weakest of the 3". Unfortunately they don't actually present any "hard data" and the actual report on the accident they reference brings up more questions than it answers .
I've read a number of tests on these knots and have my own opinion, however I would be very interested in hearing about which knot YOU choose to rap with. I've posted a survey on the NEClimbs forum under Climbing Gear Q & A : rappel knots. I would appreciate your input.
In case you have noticed, the NEClimbs weather station has been up & down these days. Or at least the web connection between my local server and the station is. I've been experiencing some problems on my local server that uploads the data and it's been pretty frustrating to solve. I hope to have it resolved next week, so bear with me. Yes, a new server is in my future.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
Clements Hall, Ivey Science Center
Climber / documentary film producer Rob Frost will be presenting two of his climbing films: UNCOMMON GROUND and HARVEST MOON Both films have toured with "The Best of Banff Mountain Film Festival." UNCOMMON GROUND was filmed over the course of two years and celebrates the variety of climbing in the northeastern US as seen through the region's most prolific climbers on incredible first ascents. HARVEST MOON documents a 2004 first ascent on the inhospitable 5,000 foot tall north face of Thalay Sagar (23,000 feet) in the Garwhal Himalaya of northern India near the headwaters of the holy Ganges River. Frost teamed up with a Swiss team that spent one month pushing a new route up one of the Himalayas most feared alpine big wall.
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|As I hammered in the last bolt and staggered over the rim, it was not at all clear to me who was the conqueror and who was the conquered. I do recall that El Cap seemed to be in much better condition than I was.|