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I can deal with weeks on end of snow, or even sleet in the winter 'cause I can usually get out and find something to do. But days on end of this steady rain just totally gets me down. Not only the wet and rawness of the all, but the dim, dank feelings it conjures up make for a frustrating time. I don't believe that I have that seasonal depression problem, but when we have longish stretches of this kind of weather, it stars to make me wonder. [sigh] Of course a month of this weather in the spring up here in northern New England really isn't all that unusual. And after the wonderful spell of weather we had at the end of the winter, and even just a couple of weeks ago, I truly shouldn't complain. I'm just getting a little tired of writing code and (dare I say it) practicing the bass instead of being out on the rock and riding the bike. Oh well, all things most certainly will pass.
Crank The Kanc Bicycle Race Needs Your Help:
At this point in time, the Crank The Kanc bike race is really short on the number of volunteers for the race. If you, or anyone you know, might want to help for 1/2 a day. It would be HIGHLY appreciated. You get a free t-shirt, lunch, and entry into the raffle after the awards ceremony if you stay around. The race is on May 19th and you can get information about the event here:
Email email@example.com if you are interested. Thanks...
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective January 19, 2017
It's yet another mild day here in the Valley at 39 degrees, and even up in Crawford Notch where it was 34! The ice is OK in some places, but not overall good yet. For instance the Frankenstein Amphitheater is marginal, while Standard and Dracula are great. We need several days of seriously cold temps for things to settle in, Top outs on many climbs are poor, so protect where you can!
Instant Bug Report:
The bugs have been ramping up over the past week, and they are definitely annoying now. They aren't too bad on the cool days, but when it's warmer, like Wednesday, the blackflies are out there and biting! I don't put on bug-dope as a matter of course during the day, so I got nibbled on pretty good when I walked down to get my son from the bus stop yesterday. On top of that the ticks are out in force in many places. I've only gotten a couple here so far, but friends who live in Chatham and Eaton are getting hammered. I'd be sure to check yourself and the animals whenever you're out there and put the Front Line on the dog & cat.
Wildlife biologists and volunteers in New Hampshire work very hard to identify the specific nesting locations used by theses state-listed Threatened raptors as early in the Spring season as possible, and to develop temporary closures that accomplish our Peregrine Falcon management objectives with minimal impact to recreational climbers and hikers.
This 2012 seasonal closures in New Hampshire are as follows:
Cathedral Ledge (part of upper left only), Bartlett, NH
Eagle Cliff (Spire area OPEN!), Franconia, NH
Frankenstein (lower south-facing wall), Harts Location, NH
Holts Ledge, Lyme, NH
Owls Head (right end only), Benton, NH
Painted Walls, Albany, NH
Rumney Rocks (Main Cliff), Rumney, NH
Square Ledge, Albany, NH
Woodchuck Ledge (upper right only), Albany, NH
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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