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August 14, 2008
Well maybe Bing Crosby had it right way back in 1944...
You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between
As difficult as it is, it's certainly not worth letting this weather get you down. You just have to find places to climb and things to do to keep you in the game. As far as climbing goes there are a few places, even up here, where you can climb on rainy days. Sundown cliffs out off the Kanc are getting a lot of attention these days. Even guides have been seen, clients in tow. While somewhat sandbagged (probably a little harder than the rated 10b) the left diagonaling crack of pitch 1 of The Cerebrus and it's left angling companion, Talcum Powder, are good options. They are never really wet. And of course for those of the gymnastic persuasion any of the hard climbs in The Cathedral Cave are another option. Don't forget that for times when we have one of those short summer rain squalls followed by some sun the Ethereal Buttress is known for drying out faster than any other place on Cathedral or Whitehorse.
Of course these cooler than usual days and nights have brought up some twisted thoughts for a mid-August, mainly leaving some of us actually considering the upcoming ice season. If you can believe it, talk on the NEClimbs forum has occasionally touched on just how early we'll be able to get out there on some New England ice. In one posting Jon Sykes pointed out that the Black Dike has been done as early as the 17th of October! Now that's an interesting thought, isn't it? While easily rejected, I had to drive up north through Crawford Notch on Wednesday morning and my wife and I were flabergasted to see a few trees up above Bretton Woods bearing red leaves! I'm sure it was just some weird anomaly, but it was startling nonetheless.
Folks, I'm totally confident that we'll get some great climbing weather in well before the ice starts to form, we just have to keep our eyes on the positive and be prepared to grab the nice days when they come our way.
The rain has brought lots of standing water in the woods and thus the mosquitoes. Bring the bug dope folks!
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The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire
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