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Well some weeks I have stuff to talk about and some weeks I just really don't. This week is one of the latter. I could babble on about the huge thunderstorm on Tuesday night that lasted 3 hours dropping inches of rain and huge lightening flashes, or the massive amount of yellow pine pollen that's blowing in plumes off the trees in the Valley like a massive forest fire and coating everything, or about the fact that Rumney's finally open to climbers again, or some other such. But frankly it would mostly be just babble, and I have too much pride to want to subject you to that.
So here's the deal...don't sit inside on your computer reading my drivel, get outside & do something. Right now, today, the weather is absolutely incredible. Get off your duff and go outside and find something to do; climb, hike, ride...SOMETHING. You owe it to yourself. That's what I'm going to do right now, as soon as I get this email into my mailing program to send it out to you all.
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.
Bugs aren't too bad right now, mainly because it's been cool and breezy for the past couple of days and the big storm on Tuesday seemingly knocked them out of the air. But that's not to say that they aren't out there folks. Another couple of hot days and we'll be back into the swarms. Keep that DEET close by!
Good Music This Weekend:
Sounds Clever & The Valley Horns are playing at the Wildcat Tavern in Jackson on Friday & Saturday night this weekend. Yes it's my band. Yes I think it's great. Check out the tracks on the web site & see if you don't agree - www.soundsclever.com. If you are more into jazz, the Jazz Meisters quartet is also at the Wildcat from 6-9 on Sunday. Classic jazz from the 40-70's. And if you are at Weir's for Bike Week check out the Tony Sarno Blues Band playing at the Winnipesaukee Marketplace on Saturday and Monday from 12:30-4. Hope to see some of you at one or more of these.
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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Climbing for speed records will probably become more popular, a mania which has just begun. Climbers climb not just to see how fast and efficiently they can do it, but far worse, to see how much faster and more efficiently they are than a party which did the same climb a few days before. The climb becomes secondary, no more important than a racetrack. Man is pitted against man.
Climbing is a very dangerous sport. You can get hurt or even kill yourself. When you go climbing, you do so of your own free will. Everything on this site is to be taken with a grain of salt. Don't blame us if you get up some totally heinous route, in over your head and fall and hurt yourself.