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[RANT ON] Ticks, Ticks, and more Ticks… I am SO sick of Ticks. It seems as if I can't hardly go outside without getting one or more on me. And on top of that, I just find them in the house on a regular basis. [RANT OFF] It would be one thing if our dog spent his time outside just wandering around in the woods and brought them back in, but that's not the case. He only gets walked outside twice a day, mostly just around the block! I hike and ride all over in the woods on an almost daily basis, but I also do a tick-check every time I come back. I guess that sometimes I find them, sometimes not.
The reality is that for whatever reasons, this is a very bad-tick-year. George Hurley told me that at his house in Wonalancet; "We have the best crop of ticks we've ever had!" Ticks were still out into mid-December and early in April. It wasn't a very cold winter and I think that they really didn't ever completely go away. Of course, as many of us do, I live right on the edge of the woods. I used to think that my yard and garden was somehow exempt from these little buggers, but obviously that is not the case. We have all sorts of animals that wander through our yards and I'm sure that they carry them around, and of course there are blueberry thickets all over the place as well as bushes that you brush through as you walk anywhere out there.
This year, perhaps in particular, it is really important for you to be aware of the probability that you will get one on you and maybe even attached. Here is a link to the CDC that has lots of information about ticks, how to prevent them, and how to remove them.
I think I passed this link on a while back, but it's worth mentioning again. This is a great article about ticks that everyone should read. This pest is definitely getting worse and you need to be aware of them.
If you want to get into it even deeper, here's a link to a Workshop Report by the Institute of medicine called "Critical Needs and Gaps in Understanding Prevention, Amelioration, and Resolution of Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases: The Short-Term and Long-Term Outcomes" At the request of the National Institutes of Health, the IOM held a workshop October 11-12, 2010, to examine the state of the science in Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. Speakers discussed current research and knowledge gaps; criteria for diagnosing tick-borne diseases; the groups most vulnerable to acquiring tick-borne diseases; and the experiences of those with tick-borne diseases. This document summarizes the workshop.
As for removing them, most of what you know about that process may be wrong. I have found that the best way of doing not is using something like the TRIX tick removal tool. I got mine several years ago and it works great. There may be something similar sold in the US, but I don't know where. You can order one on line here:
If you have outdoor pets, I do suggest getting something like Front Line or Advantix II. They both seem to work pretty well. The only down side is that I don't think they actually kill the ticks, just repel them. And of course the ticks hop off the pets and on to you or your furniture. Advantix does seem to kill fleas tho, and that's a big plus.
OK, enough about this obnoxious stuff. Here's some things that I figure you will find interesting...
Some Cool American Alpine Club Summer Stuff:
NO, I'm not a shill for the AAC! [grin] I just think that they're a great organization and they have some cool stuff going on that you should be aware of. Check out these fun events happening in New Hampshire.
June 13 - 6:00-9:00PM BBQ: AAC Member Drive and Live Your Dream Grant fundraiser at Metrorock Everett Climbing Center, Everett, MA. Climb, eat, and support the AAC! Metrorock is throwing a community barbecue for the AAC on Thursday, June 13. The barbecue is free for AAC Members or $12/plate, with proceeds going to the LIve Your Dream grant. If you're not a member of the Metrorock gym, the day pass is $18 for climbing in the roped area, $15 for bouldering and students.
June 22-23 - Climbers Association Volunteer Days, 9:00 AM-12:30 PM and 1:30-5:30 PM Join the Rumney Climbers Association for a volunteer trail improvement project on Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23, followed by a barbecue.
First Tuesdays of July 2, Aug 6, Sept 3 - Hammond Pond map Hammond Pond Bouldering & BBQ Series. Back by popular demand, AAC Volunteers are hosting bouldering and barbecue evenings at Hammond Pond the first Tuesday evenings of the summer months, July through September. Join your fellow AAC members after work, about 5:00 PM until dark at the Hammond Pond Alcove.
July 20 - NE BBQ Annual New England Section Summer Barbecue at Cathedral Ledge. The annual New England Section summer gathering will be held at Cathedral Ledge on Saturday, July 20 from 4:00 PM until dark. We'd like to welcome as many new members to this event as possible. Bring a friend who you'd like to introduce to the AAC and/or send Sarah an email if you'd like to volunteer to host a new member at the event.
6/22/13 and 6/23/13 will be Rumney community Volunteer trail improvement days
& BBQ Saturday, June 22nd @ 5:30PM. Saturday, June 22nd volunteer blocks 9-12:30PM and 1:30-5:30PM AND Sunday, June 23rd volunteer blocks 9-12:30PM and 1:30-4:30PM. Don’t miss out on winning free schwag at the BBQ!
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 3:
The rating has gone up 1 notch since last week. I was out in the deep woods on Monday and Tuesday and the mosquitoes and blackflies are definitely out there. Perhaps not quite as bad as they usually are at this time of year, but when you encounter blackflies, they are are biting now. I'd be sure to bring bug dope with you if you're going to be out, unless it's a particularly breezy day. And of course do a thorough tick-check every time you come in!
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And what joy, think ye, did they feel after the exceeding long and troublous ascent? - after scrambling, slipping, pulling, pushing, lifting, gasping, looking, hoping, despairing, climbing, holding on, falling off, trying, puffing, loosing, gathering, talking, stepping, grumbling, anathemising, scraping, hacking, bumping, jogging, overturning, hunting, straddling, - for know you that by these methods alone are the most divine mysteries of the Quest reached.
Norman Collie, 1894, from the Scottish Mountainering Journal