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I hate to admit it, but even for me some weeks are just slower than others. [LOL] This week I don't have any big ice-related news to report or especially entertaining adventures. I've just been riding my bike as much as possible and working out trying to get into shape for ice season. For me at least, climbing ice and getting around in the winter requires more stamina than rock climbing and summer hiking. Thus adding a bit to my fitness baseline will really help, especially for someone as close to over-the-hill as me.
I am planning on attending the Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop which is taking place this Saturday. I've been posting information about it on NEClimbs and in this newsletter over the past several months. I think it's incumbent on all of us that spend time in the mountains in the winter to know as much as we can about the conditions. I believe that it's getting pretty close to full, so if you'r interested I urge you to sign up right now. I hope to see you there. Below is the latest info I received from head Ranger Chris Joosen on Thursday:
Looking forward to seeing all of you this weekend. Really a great line up
and evening for this Saturday's ESAW 2013. Any last minute questions let
me know and I'll do what I can to respond if I don't get shelled.
- Bring a mug if you wish to keep the Frontside coffee hot.
- This is last year on metal chairs I promise-I'll explain about 2014 on
Saturday, but bring a cushion for your backside if you have trouble with
metal folding chairs.
- Some folks have found paper and pen handy for certain talks of
- We'll start right on time so please give yourself enough time to get
through check in. We'll have about 140 people so it may take a hair longer
to get through the line than last year. We'll have it stream lined with
multiple people checking you in to help it go quickly.
- Remember, If you are a member or worker in the list below bring along
your membership information and get a $10 IME Gift certificate at
registration. As I mentioned before make it easy for our volunteers at the
check in desk and bring something that easily passes the straight face
test, a membership card, a current organizational publication with your
name and address on it, etc.
American Alpine Club
National Ski Patrol
Professional Ski Patrollers of America
American Avalanche Association
Canadian Avalanche Association
Mount Washington Observatory
Have current American Mountain Guides Association Certification
Have taken or instructed an Avalanche course with AIARE certification in
the past 24 months
- For those interested in hanging around on Sunday for some more
avalanche related education and topics, AIARE is offering an Instructors
Refreshers Course just a 100 meters from IME. They are offering it to ESAW
attendees whether you're an instructor or not. The cost is $100. If
interested check out this link:
The ice is still pretty good right now, and even great in some places. As long as we don't get a big rain, or week of 50 degree daze, I would guess we should have this plus another week of climbable ice in the shady spots in the lower elevations. That would put us into April 1st, and these daze I would be very surprised if you could climb down here after that. But it's been an interesting season, so I suppose anything is possible.
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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.