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It's been a very busy week so far and I didn't get out climbing at all. Yes I know, boo hoo! I was going to climb on Sunday, but a web site that I host got hacked by some meanies and it took me most of the day to deal with the problems and get it back up running! The weather was darn good up here and it was hard to not climb, but I did get out on a nice MTB ride on Tuesday in the hills above Jackson. That said, I'm planning on making up for the lack of climbing this week. My friend George Hurley and I are making our bi-annual trek down to the Gunks on Thursday and staying through Monday. So if you see two old codgers wandering around on the carriage roads asking people where various climbs are, that will be us. Since we go down there so rarely, it always takes us the first several days to get our bearings. Yes I know that the guidebooks have these diagrams of various landmarks along the carriage roads, but I've never found them particularly easy to follow. And on top of that we're both old, so give us a break and help us find our destination. [grin]
We've both been watching the weather reports for the Gunks all week, hoping that we would get as nice a run of weather as we've had up here - with the exception of the storm that blew through on Monday. Right now tomorrow looks good, but Thursday and Friday are a crap shoot - 40 & 50%. The good thing is that you can usually find something to climb there, unless it's pouring, and things dry out fast. Saturday - Monday look good tho, so that's a plus.
We've been going down both spring and fall for several years and as you can imagine every time we have a couple of routes that we hope to get on. This time it's CCK, Neverland and Son Of Easy O. George was in on the FA of Neverland BITD and he wants to get on it again. I did it 20 years ago and I thought it was hard then, who knows what it will feel like now. [wry grin] As always we'll find other interesting things to climb by happenstance. Last year's surprise was Miss Bailey. Well, whatever we do will be fun, and of course that's all that matters.
Our plan is to get an early start on Thursday so we can get down there in time to do a warmup climb. We usually try to pick something out that's in the Uberfall area. 2 years ago it was Horseman, last year it was one of the first climbs you come to and it was a lot harder than it would appear from the grade. This time I am hoping for something a bit more moderate, just to get used to the different feel of the rock and protection. We'll figure it out when we get there tho.
In case you're interested, and I hope you are, George will also be giving his classic slideshow on "Early Desert Climbs" at Rock & Snow in New Paltz, NY this Friday October 11 at 8PM. If you haven't seen this I highly recommend it. The pictures are great and he has some wonderful stories.
BTW this is a real slideshow, shown via a real Kodak Carousel slide projector, as befits this event. It's going to be a gas so if you're in the area I hope you will come by and say hi.
Anyway, I'm going to try and post some pictures on the NEClimbs FaceBook page while we're down there. Stay tuned, 'cause it ought to be a gas.
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective February 4, 2016
In spite of the rain and warmup, there is still ice to be climbed in the Valley and Notches. Some additional caution is required after an event like this, but with reasonable care you should have stuff to climb this weekend. All of the larger climbs are still there and by mid-day Friday and Saturday should be good to go. Just place plenty of pro, check for bonding and beware of some of the top-outs and all should be good. For the time being I personally would NOT go under Repentance or Remission!
Lost & Found:
Todd from IME/IMCS in North Conway found a pair of shoes at Sundown Cliff a couple of days ago. If they are yours drop by or call the store, identify them, and they are yours.
Instant Bug Report - BugCON 1:
IIn spite of a couple of overnight frosts there are still some mosquitoes hanging around out there in the deep woods. [boo] While I figure they can't be around much longer, I'm still sticking with BugCON 1.
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You put up with the grind of work or school as long as you can or is required. But then, one day, the phone rings one too many times, or the line at the gas pumps seems unending. The air smells bad. The food foul. 'Enough of this' you cry. You grab your ice tools and are gone.