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We have really been riding the weather roller coaster this winter. On Tuesday we saw temps here in the Valley in the mid-50's and I was out riding the bike all over the place. Next we had snow falling all day yesterday, bringing us 4 inches of powder. It still hasn't gotten really cold YET, tho that's in the prediction, and until that happens we're not clearly back into winter. In fact it was a sunny and almost balmy 35 at 11:30 this morning as I was snowplowing my driveway! SHEESH Needless to say that's not what those of us who live up here in the northlands want to see happening. Still, I'd rather be living up here than almost anywhere else.
Mt Washington ticked off yet another record on Sunday, setting a new high temperature on the summit of 48 degrees at 6AM! That broke the previous high of 47, set in 1995. A high pressure caused an inversion which mage it significantly warmer on the summit than in North Conway. Interestingly enough, due to the inversion it was 50 degrees at 4000 feet. Let's hope we don't see that again until Aprilů
For Your Listening Pleasure:
Kudos to Todd Swain, who sent me links to two very interesting interviews on NPR. Both of these can be listened to online or downloaded as podcasts. One is with Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and the other with Doug Tompkins, founder of North Face and Esprit.
Even More, This Time About Freddie Wilkinson :
There have been a couple of interesting articles lately about local climber, alpinist, guide and author. They are all worth a read, so I'm passing them along.
Selected Ice Conditions effective December 1, 2016
Almost 3 inches of rain in 3 daze and waterfalls are everywhere. WOW!!! Needless to say there isn't any climbable ice anywhere in the lower elevations, and IMO probably nothing that's safe to climb on Mt Washington. That said there is a ton of water in the system that will surely provide some great climbing as soon as it cools down. Stay tuned folks...
Be sure to check the Ice Report Page for the full assortment.
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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North Conway, New Hampshire
In 1961 I led this chimney in a state of metabolic uproar. At the base of the pitch I smoked several cigarettes (the first and last ones of my life). This was to calm me. Then I spooned half a jar of honey. This was to ensure superhuman strength. Mort Hempel, my partner, watched this silly ritual with mouth agape and eyes exploding with fear.