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This is a really short Report this week. Not only isn't there a lot to write about, but we got hit with another snow storm on Tuesday night. This time it dumped a solid foot of the wet white stuff on the Valley, with a little less falling on Mt. Washington. I had hoped to get out to see the state of the ice and take some pictures on Wednesday. Unfortunately I ended up spending all day digging out and cleaning up from the storm.
This storm's total was also the final straw that forced me into shoveling the 5 feet of snow off my garage roof! That alone took 4 hours of backbreaking effort, and drove me to the chiropractor in the afternoon. Almost everyone I know has reached the point of having nowhere to put the snow that has accumulated. The snowbanks in my driveway are so tall that they have almost reached the point where my snow blower will no linger be able to throw it over the top! And speaking of over the top, we now have very close to 100 inches of snow accumulated so far. That puts us within 22 inches of surpassing the previous record annual snowfall, set in the mid-1800's. Pretty amazing, aye? No wonder I can no longer see out my office or living room windows! Unless the pattern changes I don't see any reason that we won't reach that record.
I'm guiding THursday, Friday and Saturday so I will be out there in the thick of it and will see how things are faring. I'll try and get an updated Report onto the web site Thursday or Friday night if I can. As of the weekend all the ice is in great shape. It's been cold all week except for Monday, so that's is unlikely to have changed. That said I'n not all that looking forward to tromping around in the woods with all this new snow, and there is more coming on Friday evening! Things were just finally getting packed down again, but now... There weren't a lot of folks out Wednesday, so it might be time to break out the snowshoes.
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective March 26, 2015
There is still ice to climb in many places right now, but with the warm temps and rain coming that’s going to change quickly over the next week. I would expect that the Frankenstein Amphitheater will become problematic pretty soon. Even as big and fat as Standard Route is, it is in the full sun all day so it’s getting beat up. Climbs like Dracula, the North End of Cathedral, Lost In The Forest, Upper Hitchcock and various things in the shade will last longer of course. We’re moving into the best time for climbing on Mt Washington for the next 3-4 weeks. That said, it’s time to think about rock season folks.
Rick Wilcox Slideshow - March 7th:
The Natural History Center at Bristol County Agricultural High School is proud to host a slide show and talk By Rick Wilcox entitled “The Road to Everest”. All funds will be used to finance further events at the center. For more info -
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When I began climbing, the rope symbolized trust. Sport climbing turned the rope into 60 meters of vague social contract. Ice and alpine routes reminded me why the rope is a sacred climbing icon; it signifies the unbreakable bond between partners.