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'...like a see saw baby, going up, down, all around, like a see saw - da da dum dum dum.' I don't know about you but I've felt as if I'm being jerked around on a string this past month. The ice is IN, it's OUT, it's OUT, it's IN. It reminds me of that old joke about cat Hiku: Wanna go outside. Oh, crap! Help! I got outside! Let me back inside! Just when you think it's safe to get on the ice, it's not. [sigh] Well regardless, the ice is IN right now.
I haven't had a lot to say the past couple of weeks over these holidays. Just too much family stuff and business to wind up and the like to have time for cogitation. Sorry 'bout that folks. Regardless I have gotten out for some personal climbing here & there and it's been a lot of fun. I just have to be sure to grab the fun days when I can & not put it off. Of course I always urge everyone in my family to make a New Year's resolution. "Don't put things off" is a popular one. But for all of us climbers I suggest "Do More Ice Climbing" for our New Year's Resolution. The ice is there for us, now let's just get out and enjoy it. Sounds an awfully similar to "Don't put things off", doesn't it?
Happy New Year
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective October 27, 2016
Both the Black Dike and Pinnacle Gully have been done this week. This is probably as early as they have ever been climbed! Is that a good thing, I suppose so. [wry grin] Pinnacle was a solo. Unfortunately there is nothing climbable in the lower elevations, and based on the lack of ground-water in the system right now, I’m not sure when there will be. Let’s hope for some more rain and early snow in the Notches. Couple that with some consistent cold weather and that would at least give us something reasonable to play on. Special thanks to Peter Doucette from Mountain Sense guides for the great picture of the Black Dike.
NOTE - as of the middle of the week, the Tuckerman Ravine Trail above the Huntington intersection is closed for construction. Stay tuned for more info.
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