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So here we stand at the true beginning of the summer season, July 4th weekend. July 4th is a federal holiday that commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. While really a patriotic holiday, it has come more to symbolize the start of summer, baseball, barbecues, parades and a variety of other public and private events.For most of us living up here it hopefully signals the start of the summer tourist season.
If the weather is good, usually that means that we will have a good summer filled with people up here recreating and buying goods and services. If not good, it can set a precedent for that summer's season that have a detrimental effect on the economy. Of course this year on top of the pressure to have good weather for the long weekend, we also have the poor economy that can work to keep people at home. This year I have to agree with the local Chamber of Commerce who point out that we are still a much cheaper vacation destination that many other places. For folks coming from Massachusetts and the vicinity the White Mountains are only a tank of gas away! And for those who are into more outdoor activities we're a cheap date!
What's the point of this? Well just that if you are looking for place to spend some family time this summer, The Whites are a great place to come. A weekend or week-long climbing trip up here will cost a lot less that most other places you could go. And if the weather is rainy, or if your significant other doesn't climb, bike, canoe or kayak there sure is a lot of shopping to be done - with NO SALES TAX! It's kind of a win-win thing isn't it? [grin]
Have a great 4th, eat plenty of great food, enjoy your friends and family, drink responsibility and I hope to see you up here this summer.
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective December 15, 2014
While the Valley ice is taking its sweet time, other places are starting to fill out nicely. Unless we have another rain/warmup event, my bet is for some fairly reasonable ice for Xmas. That would be a nice holiday gift, don't you think? ;-)
The bugs seem down a bit from the past few weeks. Still bring the bug dope if you are in the woods, otherwise you should be OK.
Sounds Clever & Valley Horns - 3 Nights @ Wildcat Tavern:
Up for some climbing & fun this weekend? Drop by the Wildcat Tavern in Jackson on Friday, Saturday or Sunday and catch Sounds Clever & the Valley Horns. Rock, funk, blues, jazz & fun. 8:30-closing.
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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North Conway, New Hampshire
When the slab cut loose, my mind calculated trajectories, analyzed terrain, and fed me its conclusions: no way out, you are going to die. This conclusion seemed to free me to experience the fall. Tumbling, catching air, then the loudest sound I've ever heard — probably the sound of both legs breaking or how to get hit by a Mack truck.