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May 23, 2012
One summer, when I was a young pup, I found a Readers Digest Condensed Book in my grandparents house containing an account by Edmund Hillary about his and and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay's first ascent of Mt. Everest. I must have read it a half dozen times that summer, totally captured by the story. In spite of all the climbing I do and have done, I'm not an alpinist. I made the decision about 20 years ago that the risks simply weren't acceptable for me personally. That said, I do follow what's going on in the big mountains around the world. These past several days have been very eventful on the big mountain, perhaps at least as much so as the infamous 1996 and 2006 tragedies. Here's some of things that have been happening:
Russell Brice, owner of Himalayan Experience one of the prominent guide services on the mountain, decided that it wasn't safe and cancelled his expedition -
Four climbers have been reported as dead descending the mountain -
Here's a NY Times OP Ed piece by our own Freddie Wilkinson about the state of things on the big mountain-
If you have trouble with the link, you can read it on the NEClimbs.com forum.
Ulie Steck, speed alpinist, summitted Everest via the Southeast Ridge from Nepal without the use of supplemental oxygen.
Norman Priebatsch, 67, of Boston, lost his footing and fell into a crevasse while hiking with his son on April 1. Crews immediately began searching for him, but the search was suspended after conditions became too treacherous. Officials found Priebatsch's body Sunday inside the crevasse on Tuckerman Ravine.
Jerry Handren's long-awaited new guidebook for rock climbing in the Mount Washington Valley and vicinity has finally come out. I haven't been able to get one in my own hands, but reports are that it is quite well done. You can get it at local climbing shops, Amazon or on his web sitter here:
If I were you, and of course I'm not, I'd bring that bug-dope stuff with you if you're planning on being in the woods now. Or maybe even if you're going to be on the cliff! The mosquitoes are bad, the black flies are pretty bad and there are lots of ticks out there! You've been warned...
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
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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Have fun and climb safe,
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire
|This is how they die, I thought. They pass out or freeze without caring. They die as spectators, believing it's all happening to someone else. I'd rather be fully alive and awake when I die, I want to be terrified. The last place I want to snuff it is on a slope no steeper than a beginner's ski hill.|