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Thanksgiving 2012 and WOW, it's been a heck of a day - sunny, almost 50 degrees, spending time with my wife and son, a fun Notch drive with the dog, a great mountain bike ride up by the Moats, an incredible turkey dinner made by my wonderful wife and now a great Patriots/Jets football game. For me this is close to perfection as I could ask for, in spite of no ice. I know that I personally have so much to be thankful for and I can only hope that each of you all had as good a day as I've had.
The only downside of this Thanksgiving is the almost complete lack of ice. When I rode up into the Notch this morning sure, there were dribs and drabs, but there was nothing climbable. I looked up into Shoestring and it was so dry there is no way I would go up in there. There was ice drool on Standard Route and Dracula, but IMO nothing worth even walking up there to look at closely. It's been cold at night, but with temps in the 40's during the day we need some snow to make things happen. And the only snow I've seen right now is the man-made stuff at Bretton Woods.
There have been a few folks making the pilgrimage up into Huntington or even Kings Ravine, but even that's sparse. Everyone I know have been taking advantage of this weather to climb rock wherever it's sunny. Last Friday I climbed the first 4 pitches of the Magness/Cormier Route on Whitehorse, the next day a crew was at Humphrey's on Wanderlust, people have done stuff on the End Of Days Crag and even Hugo's Horror on Willard. I hate being the bearer of bad news, and I know there's going to be ice soon, it's just not here now. So I'm grateful for the ability to get on rock and ride my bike. Oh yeah, for what it's worth the mountain bike trails are in really great shape right now. Grab 'em while you can!
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Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective March 6, 2014
While the ice is going through a bit of a change, what with the weather being so cold, it's still very good in most places. With the longer days and more intense sunlight we should start to see some refreshing going on, as soon as the temps moderate. Most climbs in the direct sun are starting to see a little water during the day, in spite of the cold. The stuff in the shade that's looking a bit beat up and that in the direct sun is a little pinky. That said, it looks as if this weekend things are going to moderate, so it should be a good one.
BTW I am aware that some of today's pix are of a decidedly poorer quality than we all are used to. This is because my main camera's battery pack died and I had to use my cell phone camera - sorry about that.
Check the web site for additional pix. Hang in there folks, it's gonna come soon…
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!
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