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I don't know about you folks, but this has been a very hectic holiday season. It'd Christmas Eve, there is ice to be climbed and I've got music to play. It doesn't get a whole lot busier than this. I actually got my Holiday shopping completed on Tuesday, but there still is a whole mess-o-stuff left to take care of and this is the last day to do it. I had hoped to get this Report out last night, but that just didn't happen... Why am I not surprised? Well regardless we have white stuff on the ground for the skiers, there's ice on the cliffs for the climbers and there is a festive atmosphere in town for everyone else. It's about as nice a time as I could ask for. From my family to I hope that wherever you are you and yours have a great holiday.
I got out climbing on Monday with a good friend at Frankenstein and I must say that the ice was fantastic. We did Bob's Delight and it was huge at the bottom but thin at the very top. Still I was able to get in a stubbie to protect the top-out and I felt OK about it. Then we went over and climbed Pegasus with the rock finish. I thought the main pillars was a bit candled, but the rest of it was wonderful. Exactly what big blue ice is supposed to be. While I was bringing up my partner on lower Pegasus Kevin Mahoney (Mahoney Alpine Adventures) climbed Hobbit. You can see a picture on the home page of NEClimbs. As always Kevin just looks so comfortable no matter what the conditions. It's always a lesson to watch him climb.
So it may seem as if the ice is late coming in, but I don't think that's exactly the case. We usually don't get much big ice until the end of December, and often there is a Christmas thaw. Sure there is always some early season stuff, but the main season usually starts right after the holiday. It looks to me as if we are right on schedule and I would make your plans for a great ice season right now. Give yourself some ice for Christmas...
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective January 19, 2017
It's yet another mild day here in the Valley at 39 degrees, and even up in Crawford Notch where it was 34! The ice is OK in some places, but not overall good yet. For instance the Frankenstein Amphitheater is marginal, while Standard and Dracula are great. We need several days of seriously cold temps for things to settle in, Top outs on many climbs are poor, so protect where you can!
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:
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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.