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It's been a heck of a week, that's for sure. Lots of work on getting the house ready for winter, the election and now the little Nor'easter that couldn't - at least not up here in the White's! It was quite cold the early part of the week, with temps not getting out of the upper 30's for several days. I rode my bike over to vote on Tuesday and it was 34 when I got back. Then I had to drop the Prius off to get the windshield repaired on Wednesday morning, and it was 25 on the way how! That's pretty chilly on a bike, let me tell you! We know winter is here since we started up the wood stove on Monday and it's barely been off since.
Of course all that cold is good news for building ice. It's been a busy week for that as well. Yale Gully was climbed over the weekend, the Black Dike on election day and then Shoestring on Wednesday. Of course none of this was anything near to being what any rational person would call IN. Blobs of ice, interspersed with rock and occasional semi-frozen turf is more like it. Still, for some it is really good fun. I do like to climb early season ice, but I generally wait 'till I can get a good stick and I'm not sure that is the case right yet. That said, I feel pretty confident that we'll have reasonably climbable ice somewhere by Thanksgiving, unless the weather does something weird. At least that's my hope.
I took the first drive of the ice season up into the Notch this morning, for giggles. The first thing I noticed was that it seems as if the DOT is finally starting work on replacing the bridge that has been out since Irene. That's a pretty cool thing, and about time. Tho there wasn't anything close to climbable ice, there WAS ice on almost everything.
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective November 29, 2015
Ben Maxwell was in Tucks on Sunday and said there were a couple of reasonable lines.. I got an email from fellow guide Matt Shove who was up in Huntington Saturday. He climbed rock and said that in his opinion the ice on the mountain "has been set back to Zero!" and not 5 minutes later I saw a post her on FB by Ben Maxwell and Joe Cormier saying that they climbed 3 pitches of ice in Tucks Saturday. Needless to say that was ribbons of ice, in-between dirt and grass, but apparently it WAS ice! And then Paul McCoy posted 2 pix of what looked surprisingly like ice somewhere on the mountain. So, I have to assume that while there IS ice to be climbed, it's still fairly minimal. So there you have it...
20th Anniversary Mt. Washington Valley Ice Festival:
Believe it or not, you should be putting Ice Fest 2012 on your calendar. This year it's this February 1-3. Plans are already afoot and you can read about them here - http://icefest.blogspot.com/. If I were you I'd get your hotel accommodations in place 'cause this is going to be a big one!
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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