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As much as I love turkey sandwiches. I'm getting kind of tired of 'em. The only problem is that there's still turkey left to eat. And don't talk about turkey soup, turkey pie or turkey casserole, we've had 'em all. Let me tell you, I'm ready for a good old hamburger. The weather is like that for me. after months of summer, I'm ready for winter; and after months of ice season, I'm ready for spring rock. The only problem is that we haven't had enough of any one thing this past month for me to get tired of it. Go figure...
I gotta say that this past week has really been quite a mess. Sure we had a big dump of snow last week, and it was sure fun to drag out the xc-skis and ski down Cathedral Ledge Road and all around through the woods behind the cliffs, all the way to Whitehorse. That was a gas. But pretty quickly it warmed up and started to melt off. Monday and Tuesday we had temps in the 50's for a couple of days on end, and then we had rain on Tuesday! The whole day was very damp and then when I was over in Jackson playing music at the Wildcat Tavern that night it started coming down. By 10PM it was pouring and temps were in the mid-40's. It rained almost all night, dumping about 1.5 inches here in the Valley. Needless to say, with all the snow still on the ground and the memory of Irene still fresh in out minds, everyone was worried about flooding. Wednesday morning the Saco was full and roaring. The field behind the trees on the Ledge side of River Road was flooded and the swampy areas were filling up again. I took a bike ride around town, coming back on the north side of West Side Road and the Ellis and all the other small feeder streams were pretty full too. Fortunately we dodged a bullet, and it wasn't as bad as it could have been. WHEW!
That said, almost all the snow is gone, and I don't just mean in the Valley either. It's gone everywhere, even much of it in the higher elevations. Looking up onto the Presi's, things look pretty bare up there. There is very little snow left in the woods, except in places where it was hiked on and packed down, and things have dried out a lot. I think that most of the upper mountain bike trails are probably good to go - who would thunk?
I know it's November and everything is a crap-shoot, but after the 2+ feet of snow we've gotten this month, I had some hopes - especially for this second round of white stuff! Some folks have managed to get in some ice climbing here and there, you've probably seen the pictures. For me I've been holding out for something I can feel reasonably comfortable climbing on. Someone told me about some folks climbing on Odell's the other day and having the whole right side let go, while they were on the other side. Sorry folks, that's not something I'm interested in.
I guess I'm just gonna have to get back on the bike again and see if it's dry enough for some late season rock this weekend. You have to keep your eyes out to make sure that there isn't any snow/ice still left above where you're climbing, just like in the early spring, but the slabs should be doable. It's going to be a bit on the cool side, but I think I can manage it. Sticks And Stones and Sea Of Holes are looking pretty good to me right now!
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I'm sure you have noticed that there has been a facelift to the NEClimbs site recently. It has been part of an internal reorganization to make it more efficient. Hopefully you finite attractive. Additionally, this fall I put together a smart-phone friendly version of the site for those of you who have an Android, iPhone or the equivalent. If you have a web connection it lets you access the most useful areas on the site, right from your phone's browser, in a format that it is designed to be viewed on a small screen. Even I've found it useful when I've been out climbing and wanted to check on a particular route. It's not a full-blown app, but hey - it's free!
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Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective December 4, 2016
In the past few daze things have started firming up quite a bit. it was cold last night and chill all day, so that helped. Shoestring was soloed today, tho it's still quite thin. The Open Book in Tucks was done a day or 2 ago, but it was basically a solo as well. I'll have info about the lower elevations on Thursday, but my prediction is that if it stays this chill we could have some ice to climb by Saturday.
A Computer-Related Heads Up:
What with all the holiday purchases and shipping going back and forth right now, there is also a lot of malware filling the email-waves these days. A good friend got an email purporting to be from UPS with an attachment that was supposed to be a delivery-acknowledgment. When he opened it, it completely trashed his computer! He and his wife had let their antivirus protection lapse and so nothing caught it before it did it's bad deeds and they lost everything! Just be careful and be sure not to open things you aren't absolutely sure you know what they are. Even then, be very aware. The same thing goes for general web surfing. You never know what you're going to find out there…
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I was once bouldering in solitude in the Needles, when a young female walked up and introduced herself and asked who I was. I told her and continued bouldering. She turned and walked away after a few minutes, saying over her shoulder: 'you can't be John Gill. He climbs much better than that'.