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I'd like to say that it looks like it's going to be a nice Memorial Day weekend, but unfortunately I'd be remiss in my self-assumed duties if I did. In spite of the great weather we had starting out the month, things have taken a downward turn. Not that we don't need some rain, mind you. All it took was a couple of good showers and everything went green. However we're all hoping that we don't have a June like last year, when it rained almost every day and things started to turn green from the moss growing on the cliffs!
Of course living up here you can grab a climb or ride when it's available, not like having to plan in advance like most folks who come up here from "away" have to do. I remember how it was for my wife and myself back when we lived in the Boston area, and how bummed we would be when we would get rained out for the weekend. That's when you have to be prepared to do something else, like go for a hike or paddle. Flexibility is the name of the game I suppose. Which is why I ride the bike as well as climb. If it's too wet to climb, I can often go for a ride. Speaking of riding… The trails have been in absolutely great shape lately. And in spite of the rain we've had, the trails are still mostly dry. That goes to just how dry it was before it started raining I suppose.
I hope that you and your families have a great Memorial Day. Do take a minute to remember, while you're working that BBQ on Monday, that Memorial Day is a day to remember the men and women who have died while in the military service. Without them we wouldn't be here doing what we do.
Since I haven't been climbing this week, I have no new pictures or adventures to talk about. So I'm just gonna pass along some info that you may find useful. Let's hope it dries out early next week.
AAC Goes New River Gorge:
The American Alpine Club’s New River Gorge Campground opens this weekend! We're celebrating by giving away a limited-edition T-shirt when you renew your AAC membership NOW THROUGH MAY 24 ONLY. It doesn’t matter when you last renewed. Renewing today gets you a limited-edition t-shirt, and pushes your membership by a full 12 months. For example, if your current membership is set to expire July 2013, renewing today will extend your membership until July 2014. Also join us in the New for this weekend's Rendezvous for free camping May 17th-24th.
As a community, we support each other through projects like the NRG Campground. Buying 40 acres on the New River Gorge was only possible because of climbers like you joining as AAC members. Opening the campground has required years of work by AAC volunteers and staff. Please show your support for the NRG Campground by joining or renewing today.
As a member of the AAC you also have access to hundreds of opportunities every year with fellow members. Together we connect, we share, we act. We advocate for climbers' rights, protect the places we climb, care for each other through benefits like rescue insurance, and document and preserve climbing achievement. We are a community built on a shared passion for climbing. Join us.
To get a free t-shirt, go to http://www.americanalpineclub.org/membership and use one of the following codes:
XS t-shirt, use code: NRGXS
Small t-shirt, use code: NRGS
Medium t-shirt, use code: NRGM
Large t-shirt, use code: NRGL
XL t-shirt, use code: NRGXL
XXL t-shirt, use code: NRGXXL
The Northeast Climbers Clinic:
The Northeast Climbers Clinic is an effort to bring safety awareness to our climbing community. The event is scheduled for June 8th, 2013 at Evolution Rock & Fitness in Concord NH. It will feature speakers who are experts in the industry as well as a hands-on clinic.
The event will run 4pm to 10pm and will feature safety forums on ropes and slings, harness draws and Grigris, hardware and lead and belay technique. The clinic will be presented by professionals within the field and American Mountain Guide Association certified guides. The Northeast climbing community has assembled including Petzl, Sterling Ropes, MCS Mountain Guides and Mooney Mountain Guides to provide an insightful and exciting safety clinic!
Selected Ice Conditions effective February 23, 2017
The warmup has really hit us hard everywhere but in the higher elevations. Anywhere in the direct sun is dam close to toast right now. The Amphitheater at Frankenstein is off the radar, or certainly should be. You can probably do the Pegasus rock finish, but that's all. And I would be VERY careful walking under anything over in that area. As of today, Thursday Feb 23, Standard Route still looks OK. I also spotted someone climbing on Waterfall, tho I'm sure that the normally funky top outs are worse. The bottom of Dropline fell down, but Dracula still looks good. I was pleased to see that Willies still looks good. The snow has compacted and I saw what looked to be blue ice. The left side of Willard is basically gone, but Hitchcock, The Cleft, Left Hand Wrench, the far right slab and Elephant Head are still climbable. Other than the Barking Dog and North End I would write off Cathedral Ledge. I know people are going to ask about Repentance, etc and frankly I would caution away from it. In fact anything that is supposed to be attached to rock is suspect. Not to mention the fact that there is a LOT of stuff hanging around above you on Cathedral at this time.
Instant Bug Report - BugCON 2:
I feel like I should raise the BugCON level to a 3, but frankly it's not really that bad. I don't understand why, but it's not. Was out in the woods around Echo Lake and Cathedral early this week between the showers and hardly got bit at all. I'm not saying it's not going to happen, but so far we've dodged the bullet for everything except the ticks.
Just be sure to do a tick-check EVERY time you're out there 'cause they ARE bad!
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Ice climbing is similarly pure. I hike to the base of a waterfall. It is in or out of condition. I am in or out condition. I choose whether I can deal with the riddle that nature presents or not. There's no way to frig it.