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When I left for DC on the 19th there was some hint of color in the hills and a bit of a nip in the air. It seemed a bit on the early side to be calling it fall, and I was hoping for another blast from summer. The entire time we were away the weather up here was absolutely perfect, while a bit on the warm side in DC. And then of course it all fell apart 2 days after we got back, getting hot and muggy and now rainy. Why am I not surprised?
Still it is pretty nice, and most especially at night. As usual I played Hoot Night at the Wildcat Tavern on Tuesday Night. Although it's over at 11:30, I never get home until between 12:30 and 1 AM. This Tuesday as I drove down my street, over between Echo Lake and Cathedral Ledge, I noticed a bright light up near the top of Whitehorse. At first I thought it was at the top, so I drove over to the Hotel to have a better look. Apparently the night was so prefect that someone took advantage of it and climbed Whitehorse at night in the full moon. I watched the two headlamps as the wandered up the finishing slabs and was really envious. This is something that I have always wanted to do, but never managed to get together.
Many of us have these tick-lists that we carry through lives. Some are serious: Denali, K2, the Seven Summits... Others more modest: The Book, Remission in winter, Drop Line, etc. I guess that climbing Whitehorse on a full moon might be better classified as on my wish-list. It's not difficult to do, just difficult to arrange. Besides having a whole night to do the climb, I have to get a partner who has the same, and be able to do it when the moon is right and the weather cooperates. Lots of bits & pieces to put together. Well regardless, I just wrote it down in my tick book, so it's officially on the LIST. A quick Google search turned up the next few times the moon will be full and the weather good...October 26 and November 24th. Time to make it happen. What's on your list?
AAC New England Section Fall Gathering:
Saturday, October 20, 2007, 5:00p
Nancy Savickas' Refuge Alpiniste
17 Bridge Street, Albany, NH
(617) 285_0517 (cell)
The ice is still pretty good right now, and even great in some places. As long as we don't get a big rain, or week of 50 degree daze, I would guess we should have this plus another week of climbable ice in the shady spots in the lower elevations. That would put us into April 1st, and these daze I would be very surprised if you could climb down here after that. But it's been an interesting season, so I suppose anything is possible.
More New Routes:
A lot of new route activity has taken place in the area this summer. Check in the forums on NEClimbs.com for info on new routes on Mt. Webster, Attitash Crag, Whitehorse, Cathedral, Green's Cliff and more. I have put a lot of them as well as some that folks sent recently up in the Routes section of the web site. Kudos to all who have been working so hard.
Perfection - no bugs to speak of...
Bob Bates Passes - September 13, 2007:
Bates, 96, was a member of the "Harvard Five," former president of the American Alpine Club, honorary member of the 10th Mountain Division and lieutenant colonel honored with the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star. He authored and edited mountaineering literature, including Five Miles High (1939), K2: The Savage Mountain (1954) and his autobiography, The Love of Mountains is Best (1994). That love blossomed on New England's greater peaks, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and on Katahdin in Maine. At Harvard, from 1929-1935 (earning a bachelor's degree in 1933 and a master's two years later), mountaineering became one of his core interests. He connected with Charles Houston, Bradford Washburn, Adams Carter and Terris Moore--they forged lifelong friendships and later became known as the "Harvard Five".
A Bit More On DC:
Someone asked me if there was another reason other than vacation for going to DC. After all it's not exactly a climbing or cycling destination. Well the full reason was that My dad, who passed away at 92 last Thanksgiving, was to be buried in Arlington Cemetery. He was a veteran, a fighter pilot in WW II in the South Pacific. My sister made arrangements for he and my mother, both of whom had been cremated, to be interned there. While I am not impressed with how veterans are treated in life, they most certainly are treated well in death. He had a full military funeral with a band, horse drawn caisson and 7 gun salute. Everyone there was wonderful and it was a very special ceremony for our family. It was surprisingly emotional for all of us.
While there most certainly is a hierarchy within the military, in death there is none. There were generals next to privates, next to sergeant's next to whatever. Very interesting... I was skeptical about doing this, but I am very glad that we did. While mom has been dead for 10+ years and dad less than a year, this really wrapped things up in a way that had not happened for me. I'm very glad we did it.
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:
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