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I guess I'll start this week's Report off with a well worn quote:
"Don't shoot the messenger."
Once again the New Hampshire weather has taken us on a roller coaster ride as we head into winter. Last week there was upper-elevation ice to be climbed and ice was even forming in places like Frankenstein. Of course that was before we had a 24 hour period of rain on Sunday and the better part of a week of mild temps. I'd like to say that things have bounced back with some cold nights, but that hasn't exactly been the case.
I took my weekly drive up to Crawford Notch this morning with some degree of skepticism. After all, I've been out riding the MTB pretty much every day this week, so I just had to figure that things wouldn't exactly be what we would want. Unfortunately my intuition wasn't wrong, with a couple of exceptions there wasn't much ice to be seen in the lower elevations. I've posted more pictures on NEClimbs, but you can see a few at the links below.
FYI the shot on Mt Webster is of a climb that's in the shade up and right of Central Gully. It looks neat, but it looks to be an incredible thrash to get up there!
In spite of the poor (dare I say pitiful) state of things right now, there is really no question that we'll be seeing it fairly soon. The main thing we need is some snow and consistent colder temps and I'm figuring that will be here sooner, rather than later.
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Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective March 6, 2014
While the ice is going through a bit of a change, what with the weather being so cold, it's still very good in most places. With the longer days and more intense sunlight we should start to see some refreshing going on, as soon as the temps moderate. Most climbs in the direct sun are starting to see a little water during the day, in spite of the cold. The stuff in the shade that's looking a bit beat up and that in the direct sun is a little pinky. That said, it looks as if this weekend things are going to moderate, so it should be a good one.
BTW I am aware that some of today's pix are of a decidedly poorer quality than we all are used to. This is because my main camera's battery pack died and I had to use my cell phone camera - sorry about that.
When I went down to check on the status of the North End of Cathedral, I happened to notice the following. I'm not at all sure what's up with this, but you might want to take a potty-break BEFORE you head to the cliff. And if you see any of the State Park Rangers, mention to them that you don't think that this is such a great idea. ThnX!
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