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November 17, 2011

Hi Folks,

It was a raw afternoon on Wednesday and on top of that it rained that night. [YUCK] In spite of being up late because I played a gig that night at a Delaney's Hole In The Wall, a local restaurant & pub, I woke up briefly the next morning at 5:30 and the just-lightening sky was blue! I drifted back off to sleep until10 of 7 just before the wife's alarm went off, and it was absolutely sunny and bluebird. Now that got me up and out of bed. Unfortunately, by the time I got my tea brewed and the kiddo's breakfast started, it got cloudy and the winds started kicking up. I went from excitement, to a big SIGH in a matter of moments.

The last week or so truly has been a roller-coaster ride. Inconsistent is a word that I could surely use to describe what we have been going through. I do love living up here in our little Happy Valley, but sometimes it's just on the frustrating side. One day cold, another warm and sunny, the next cloudy, warm and moist, the next - well you get it. INCONSISTENT! Even on a given day it might start off sunny and turn to crap by lunchtime or maybe even breakfast, like today. Or like on Monday when I went up Town Hall Road on the bike with 2 friends, it was 60+ degrees, cloudy and humid.

We have had some rain this past week that wet down the cliffs. Coupled with the humidity and clouds, things really haven't dried off all that much and it's kind of a drag. I hiked over to Whitehorse the other day and there were wet streaks running down all over the slabs. I haven't been over this morning, but there is really no need. After the rain last night I'm sure it's quite damp. I can deal with one way or the other, it's the inconsistency, there's that word again, that makes me crazed. This Indian Summer thing has been good. I've been out on the bike, hiking and doing some fun little climbs, but frankly I am now really ready for all this to be done and for winter to start. My woodpile is stacked, I've cleaned up the yard, ice tools and crampons are sharpened, beacons and probes are checked over and my mental state is in a cold-and-ice frame of mind. Now if only the weather will just cooperate. All we need is just a little consistent cold weather…[grin].

Barking Dog Crag Parking Heads Up:
For the past several years we've all been parking in a plowed lot on the Saco side of the road just north of the crag. About 2 years ago the owner of the property had told Brad White that it was Ok with him. Apparently this summer the landowner changed his mind and this is no longer OK. As of a few days ago he has posted signs on some sawhorses in that area. Just a heads-up so when the time comes you don't have any confrontations with him.

Tresann's Climb Foundation:
A subscriber sent the following to me recently, tho I had already heard about this person and their difficulties recently. I thought that some of you may find it interesting and may want to help her out. It's pretty tough out there these days, what with the health care issues that many of us have to deal with. At least give it some consideration...

Some of you may know Tresann Avenia, an enthusiastic member of the Worcester climbing community.  A few years ago she made a determined and full recovery from a serious rock climbing accident in Acadia.  Now, unfortunately, she has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.  Her friends have set up this foundation to help ease the financial burden associated with her illness.  (Tresann normally works three jobs, all of which involve helping others.  She is a PTA, massage therapist, and fitness instructor.) 

Tresann's Climb Foundation will host it's first fundraising event Sunday, December 11 at 5:00 PM.  This event will be hosted at Worcester Fitness located at 4400 Grove Street in Worcester, MA 01605.  We are asking that all of Tresann's family and friends join us for a night of fun, food, drinks, and raffles.   

This will be a pot luck event so please bring something to contribute to the feast. If you have any questions about what to bring  please contact Karen Jarosz at 508-340-9633. 

https://sites.google.com/site/tresannsclimbfoundation/
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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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Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


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