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Well once again "life has gotten in the way" of life. There is no real Report this week because all of my time was taken up with dealing with the effects of this site and forum crashing on Tuesday afternoon. It took 2 days of futzing around to get things back and running again. Thank god I was able to find a reasonably recent backup!
Couple that with my regular Windows XP machine going belly up, the guitarist in my band announcing that he was leaving town in 2 weeks, it's been raining for 3 days and my wife and son being away in Wisconsin for a week...well you get the picture. And I thought that I was going to get a little vacation. [wry grin] Oh yeah, the program that I wrote that email's out the Report was on that machine that died. I have a backup of that as well, but not as handy as I would like.
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective March 16, 2017
With sunny daze and cold temps, the ice conditions have remained great for the most part since the reboot. It's turned into quite a good late season, and that looks to be going to continue at least for another week or two. Even the climbs that are usually starting to fade by this time, are still doing well. That said, with these longer days climbs in the direct sun are starting to feel their age. Lake Willoughby is a good example. With a fair amount of ice still standing, much of it is punky and generally unsafe. Be aware that things might not be quite as good as they seem! And on top of that, so to speak, is the snowpack. The Notch got the better part of 18 inches out of this one, and that has not begun to settle yet. Many climbs like Cinema, Shoestring, the large slope below Great Madness and even Willies have a LOT of snow on them. I suggest that you might want to give those a few days, like at least until Sunday, before giving them a shot.
I could get all "antsy" about this kind of thing, but frankly it's simply not worth the effort. It's probably time to make a change in the band, I needed to reinstall the OS on my desktop machine and I guess that the site problems were a wakeup-call for making better and more frequent backups. No one got hurt in any of this, I was just a little inconvenienced and life will go on. Maybe it will make me appreciate the quiet times a little more. Hope you are having a great summer...
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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