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A couple of friends went up to ride bikes on the Kingdom Trails in Vermont and came back talking about snow and slush, another group headed up to Sunday River and managed to get in a few runs on man-made, several folks have managed to eek out early season ice up on the big mountain and someone tried for Fafnir on Canon today! Check out the pic on the NEClimbs.com home page. We've had some chilly weather for sure, and for almost a week Mt Washington & the Presies had a nice coating of snow all the way across. Of course we didn't get any of that down here in the Valley, but it was nice to see the reminder that winter is well on its way.
That said I am not really ready for summer/fall to over. I've had a really good rock season and I still have a couple of things I want to do on the rock. Unfortunately it's looking less likely every day that it's going to be possible. I guess I'm going to have to get a crew together and head further south for a couple of days if I want to do ant rock climbing. Maybe there is a plan afoot. We'll have to see what comes up and who's available. Probably have to be other retired folk, like me! Hmmm...
I rode up to Crawford Notch a few days ago and spotted dribbles of ice forming here and there in the darker nooks and crannies. Not enough to even consider swinging a tool into, but a pretty clear indication of what's to come. It was raining here in the Valley, but in the Notch it was spitting snow/ice. The road was pretty treacherous and I took it pretty slow. The weather pundits are calling for rain and warm temps everywhere up here through Saturday and I would even expect that whatever ice that's forming up there will be gone by this evening for sure. The stuff up higher will last a bit longer, but it's going to come down pretty quickly too.
The conditions weren't very good for taking pics, but here are a couple:
Thursday morning the NH DOT was adding some new railings to the side of the road above Arethusa Falls and right in the Notch and they said they were going to be working up there for another week or so. I checked to see if Bear Notch was still open and it was, but it's going to be closed pretty quickly as soon as we get any snow or icing. The same for Hurricane Mountain and Cathedral Ledge Roads. Frankly I wouldn't count on any of those being open from here on out.
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective March 16, 2017
With sunny daze and cold temps, the ice conditions have remained great for the most part since the reboot. It's turned into quite a good late season, and that looks to be going to continue at least for another week or two. Even the climbs that are usually starting to fade by this time, are still doing well. That said, with these longer days climbs in the direct sun are starting to feel their age. Lake Willoughby is a good example. With a fair amount of ice still standing, much of it is punky and generally unsafe. Be aware that things might not be quite as good as they seem! And on top of that, so to speak, is the snowpack. The Notch got the better part of 18 inches out of this one, and that has not begun to settle yet. Many climbs like Cinema, Shoestring, the large slope below Great Madness and even Willies have a LOT of snow on them. I suggest that you might want to give those a few days, like at least until Sunday, before giving them a shot.
NEClimbs Forum Update:
By now many folks have found out that the Forum is back up and running again so you can get your fix on local climbing once again. [grin] After 2 weeks of what was basically an AMAZING amount of hassles, and huge effort by Jay Farrell, one of the moderators on the forum for the Simple Machines Forum software, we were able to recover the database from only a few hours before the crash on Sunday night 2 weeks ago.Believe me, I was very depressed and really thought I was screwed, but Jay was able to get the data back for me. He was well worth his charge, and without his efforts this would all be gone.
Once things were back in place he installed the latest version of the software, which is what I wanted to do in the first place. Then I added in a couple of bells & whistles as we went along. Here are some of the highlights:
1) New cleaner default look & feel and new logo. This is all a precursor to a facelift for the entire site sometimes this winter.
2) There are a whole lot of new settings in your profiles you can turn on or off including adding a cool Quick Reply box at the bottom of the threads. If you poke around a bit you'll see lots more.
3) Supposedly more reliable Personal Message system, a bunch of new themes, member online indicators, lots of widgets here & there like the page up/down buttons, better ways of weeding out the bots that post SPAM and the ability to add in new modifications without recoding. I like the latter 2.
That's what I remember off the top of my head, but there definitely are lots more. I hope that you enjoy the new Forum and will make use of it. After all, it's there for you.
2010/2011 NEClimbs Fundraiser Starts:
It's hard to ask for money when I'm having problems with the web site's community forum right now, but I really have no choice as I don't want to drag this out. The expenses of the site continue and the White Mountain Report goes on and hopefully you will find it useful enough to make a contribution.
I still don't feel that the minimal requested $20 annual donation is out of line. Heck, it's probably less than half of most people's Cable bill so it shouldn't really make much of a dent. If you can please take a minute to support NEClimbs and The White Mountain Report. You can do it via check or money order for $20 OR make your contribution ON LINE via PayPal. It's easy & painless and you can use pretty much any credit card. Simply click the link below and make a contribution.
I don't feel that the minimal requested $20 annual donation is a lot for most folks. Heck, it's probably half of your Ca ble bill! So please take a minute to support NEClimbs and The White Mountain Report. You can do it via check or money order for $20 OR make your contribution ON LINE via PayPal. It's easy & painless and you can use pretty much any credit card. Simply click the link below and make a contribution.
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Austrails: An Antarctic Ski Odyssey:
Join pro-skier Chris Davenport & master filmmaker Jim Surette at the New England premier of their new ski movie Sunday Nov 21 at 8 PM. Doors open at 7:30. $10, under 18 FREE! This is a benefit for the Kismet Rock Foundation.
Meet Chris at the signing of his new book "50 Classic Ski Descents of North America" at White Birch Books from 3-5 PM prior to the show.
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:
Check it out and if you have issues on your specific phone, please feel free to let me know.
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