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April 23, 2009
For close to as long as I can remember there have been spring closures on the various cliffs designed to protect nesting Peregrines. The exact location has changed from year to year as the birds choose different places to procreate and raise their young. While occasionally inconvenient, it usually doesn't have a huge effect on my personal climbing because the birds rarely choose a well travelled location. Sure it might be a real hassle if they decided to nest in the middle of Upper Refuse on Cathedral, but usually they pick an out of the way spot like the upper section of the cliff between Repentance and Remission. Not exactly the most popular of locations.
In other areas like Rumney, the birds occasionally have chosen a fairly popular area to nest. However there is so much to climb that this is not really that big a deal. This year they are on the Summit Cliff. There are usually closures in more locations like Frankenstein and Painted Walls. Both get minimal visits from rock climbers in an average season so there is little problem.
As I have mentioned over the years, I have been involved in working with Chris Martin from Audubon on banding Peregrine chicks in these areas. This is one of the highlights of my summer and something I look forward to doing.That said, even if I weren't involved directly, I truly enjoy seeing these birds on the cliffs and would support the efforts of Audubon to keep their numbers stable and even on the increase. I hope you feel the same way and will do your part by respecting these closures.
Well all the dirty piles of snow and ice have finally melted out of my yard. Yes, that includes even the ones on the darker north side of the house. The last 2 days of rain pretty much took care of it. That said I am confident that there is still some ice on the upper parts of the cliffs in the cracks & crevices. after all it is still chilly at night. I was up in Crawford Notch over the weekend and there was a lot of ice left on Standard, Dracula, Willeys and Upper Hitchcock - tho surely not climbable. To my observation things overall look pretty good, but you should keep your eyes open for another week. Although if we get the 70+ degrees that are projected for this weekend we should be in good shape almost everywhere.
For those of you who are hikers, this is a near perfect time to be out on the trails. My son Lewis and I did the Crawford Path to Mt. Pierce on Saturday. While the temps were very mild, the trail was fully covered with snow and ice from top to bottom. We put on our MicroSpikes at the parking lot and took them off when we returned. There is lots of snow in the shaded areas in the woods, and still a fair amount on the areas around the summits. FYI we counted 26 other hikers on that trail alone between 10:30 and 3:30! This weekend looks to be even better and we're hoping to get Eisenhower on Sunday.
My band Sounds Clever will be at the T&C in Gorham on Friday & Saturday. Drop by if you are in the area and looking for a good evening's food, drink and music. we play great rock & dance music with a little swing and jazz thrown in to boot. The T&C is known for their good food and there is NO COVER CHARGE. The music starts at 8:30 and goes 'till 11:30. Hope to see you there.
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