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I didn't realize it was going to be as warm today as it got. If I have I would have gotten the bike out when I rode up into the Notch this AM. I was completely blown away when I looked at my car's outside thermometer and saw it was a very balmy 44 degrees at Frankenstein. Now at 12:30 at the house it's all the way up to 47! Can it be spring already? At this rate it's cooing to be multi-sport time of the year very soon - maybe it already is....
I noticed a couple of friends who live in the Valley posting that they were bummed about the warm-up. I have to say that I feel completely the opposite. maybe its' that I'm getting older, but frankly I will be happy when we swing back into a more moderate time of the year. I do love the ice and the snow, but I also like the rock and road just as much. The neatest thing about living up here is that we have these times of the year when we can do it all. Last spring I managed several 3-sport days (ice climbing, road bike and x-c ski) and am hoping to be able to add in some rock for a 4-sport day this year. All I need is to find a nice warm and dry place to rock climb and an appropriate partner. Usually Humphreys or the South Buttress of Whitehorse are the best options for the early season rock. I've got my fingers crossed...
When I stopped at Frankenstein for my pics at abut 10 AM everything on the Standard/Dropline wall was in full sun. There was someone on Dropline and they couldn't have picked a better time of day to do it. By 11 the sun has gone around the corner and is off the climb. I got a few good shots and I wish I'd been a little closer or had a longer lens. Check 'em out:
After taking the obligatory Thursday morning pix I went up to Crawford to xc-ski down the tracks to Willies & back. One thing I did notice as I went by Snot Rocket and the other climbs along the way, was how punked out they all look. I had noticed that things have been getting desiccated a bit and now with the longer days and full-on sun the ice is getting baked and turning to styrofoam. It's just a heads-up that climbs like Cinema, Great Madness, Gully #1, Bob's, Chia and Smear all get loads of sun at this time of year. If you have the option to climb something that is in the shade at least half the day, it will be better.
We can all feel the changes in the air and it will be Spring in more than just name in a surprisingly short time. I guess the point of all this is that while we are certainly going to have another good 3+ weeks of ice in the lower elevations, you want to get on it.
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective March 28, 2015
FLASH - I rode by Frankenstein this morning on my way up to ride my FT bike into Zealand. The ice still looks surprisingly good. Hopefully it will make it through the week, in spite of the warming trend. Stay tuned...
Liquid Flight at the Lizard Lounge in Boston:
If you live in the Boston area please come out and check out my band Liquid Flight at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge on Friday February 18th. For the second time this winter we have an opportunity to "open" for the Club d'Elf band. The last time we were there it was a special night and we had a blast playing for a very responsive audience. Liquid Flight is a modern jazzy jam band and it's hard to describe what it sounds like. The best I can come up with is that it's got a rock sound over hip jazz chords with a groove. There was a recording made the last time we played at the Lizard and I put one of the tracks on our web site.
Laconia Jam Session:
I'm playing at an open mic/jam session with my friends Tony Sarno and Jared Steer at HEAT in Laconia every Sunday evening from m4-8 pm. The last couple have been a great time with a lot of good music being played. If you play or just enjoy watching you should definitely check it out. The place is almost right across the street from the Broken Spoke. They have good pizza and beer and I recommend the Caesar chicken salad! Come on out...
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The solitary ascent of the Dru had the immediate effect of expanding the horizons of my ideas about mountaineering. It made me aware of possibilities well in advance of the times, which were characterized by very restricted mothods. This was how the suberb pyramid of K2 surfaced once more in the list of my projects. But I chose K2 as a way for giving concrete form to my new concept of mountaineering: to climb the second highest montain in the world solo, alpine style, and without oxygen.