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This is getting whacky folks… Those weather folken say poor, and then it's beautiful. then they say so-so, and it's terrible. I'm at a loss to predict anything. I think that the best thing to do is just take it as it comes right now. At least we aren't getting the completely off-the wall weather in the midwest and south. The last thing I want to see is a funnel cloud heading my way!
I am a bit bummed that I didn't get out climbing at all this week. On the 2 nice days, I actually had to work on both. That's right, I'm not retired, and frankly I wouldn't know retired if it came up and bit me on the butt! [wry grin] That said I was able to get out for about an hour and half on the bike in between various tasks on both Monday and Wednesday, both of which were warm and pretty. Monday I rode around town and then up Cathedral Ledge Road. There was just a little snow on the upper part of that road and I had no problem riding it. On Wednesday I rode over to the Scenic Vista and then we decided to ride up Hurricane Mountain Road as far as we could. As it turned out we went all the way to the top and there was no snow on the road to speak of. We came across a female runner heading down the Chatham side and she said that that was clear as well. Go figure… Next on the list is to check out Bear Notch. However only a week ago Passaconaway Road was full of snow, so I have my doubts.
People keep telling me how good the skiing is in Tucks and other places on the Mountain. Apparently, as of a couple of days ago, Pinnacle and Central were fat. I'll bet that will be the case for a bit longer and then it will fall apart very quickly. At least that's my guess.
Frankly I think that the best thing to do now is grab the sunny dry days whenever you can. Sure I'd like it to be dry and balmy all the time, but it's my thought that we're not going to get to that state for a bit longer. I have a couple of new projects on my tick-list that I'm hoping to get to sooner rather than later. But I guess patience really is a virtue. At least I'm not gigging on Saturday and the weather looks as if it may be OK, so I may be able to slip in a couple of hours on some (hopefully) dry rock.
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective December 8, 2016
Tho it's been chilly at night, it hasn't really been cold enough to get things to set up. I think that the pictures tell the story. Predictions are for much colder weather starting Thursday night, so if that happens it will really help us out. Although there was more ice in Crawford Notch on Wednesday than last week, IMO there was nothing climbable. A few folks have made the hike up into the Ravines, but things are fairly thin up there as well. A few days ago I saw pictures of a friend climbing the Open Book in Tucks. I asked about gear and they said that while climbable, it was basically unprotectable! Doesn't sound like much fun to me, but of course YMMV...
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As I hammered in the last bolt and staggered over the rim, it was not at all clear to me who was the conqueror and who was the conquered. I do recall that El Cap seemed to be in much better condition than I was.