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Not too much to say this week as the family & I are out here in Southern California for the New Hampshire school vacation week. It's been cold back home and temps here have been a bit cool for this time of year as well. And on top of that there has been a lot of rain. Higher elevations have been getting a lot of snow as well. I rode the bike up Mt. Palomar on Wednesday and there was a lot of snow up there. Of course it's above 5,000 feet so it's not all that surprising. We were planning on heading to J Tree for a couple of days, but as this is a family vacation, that didn't happen. Leggoland, Universal Studio, Disney, Sea World and other things took priority! [sigh] Well maybe next time. At least I got in some riding, a few hours here & there.
I did ride up the bike up through the Topanga Canyon area one afternoon and was impressed with the amount of what looked like climbable rock all over the place, especially on Old Topanga Road. I didn't see any indications that it was being climbed and asked some folks who live in the area to see if anyone knew if people climbed there. No one seemed to have heard anything. If not then it may be worth checking out IF there is access. The same was true in the valleys and canyons surrounding Mt. Palomar. I saw a ton of places that looked to have potential for climbing. And there were myriad boulders that looked just like what I have seen of the Buttermilks. I took a quick look on the web but couldn't see any info about climbing in the area so I think there is a ton of possibilities there to put up stuff.
While the weather is nice here, 75 today in fact, I can't wait to be back home. It's been a nice break but I do miss New Hampshire & the Whites, especially this time of year. And there is nothing quite like that late February - early March ice! It's time for some runs up to Huntington with the long days.
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective March 5, 2015
The ice is generally still in very good shape. A few climbs (like Bobís Delight) are getting a bit beat up, but overall things are still in very good shape. Hopefully the warmer temps will help things refresh and rebuild for the next few weeks, we need it. Iím going to keep the IceCON at a 5 this week, but I would imagine it will drop to a 4 by next week. Not that itís a bad rating tho. ;-)
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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.