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I hope that you all had a wonderful Xmas and will have a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year. Woo wee, yet another roller coaster ride came our way last week. It seems as if we've been having one after the other this year. I'm sure you know that we had this crazy ice-storm over last weekend. While it wasn't great, it wasn't nearly as bad for this of us who live in the area as it could have been. That said, the further north you were, the more ice there was. Many places around Mt Washington got a half inch of ice, and some lost power, but our little Valley has mostly escaped the brunt of it. It's funny how that works. We never even lost power in the one in '98 or the more recent one just a few years ago. Go figure.
I'm actually not in the Valley right now, I went to visit some family for the holiday, so I don't have a lot to talk about as far as outdoors activities. My main source of exercise this holiday season has been working out in a local gym and lifting a glass of wine or beer. Needless to say I'm going to need to put in some time on the XC skis as soon as I'm home n a couple of days. I am hearing that in spite of the real serious drenching rain and warmup that started on Saturday night, much of the ice held up. Read the Ice Report below for some of the details. I'm hoping to get out for a climb on Sunday or Tuesday so I will have more info then.
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.
UPDATE - 2014 NECLIMBS FUNDRAISER RAFFLE:
This year's NEClimbs 2014 fundraiser will end on December 30th. There are now 4 cool books in this year's raffle. With 85 contributors, you've got a pretty good chance to win something.
1) Boston Rocks guide to rock climbing in Boston and the vicinity
2) Michael Wood and Colby Coombs "Alaska Climbing Guide"
3) Cameron Burns' hysterical book "Postcards From The Trailer Park, The Secret Life Of Climbers"
4) A brand-new sealed copy of Jerry Handren's "North Conway Rock Climbs" along with a vintage copy of his "Rockfax Cathedral and Whitehorse Ledges"
All you have to do is to make a contribution of $20 or more to the current fundraiser and you will be entered into the raffle. I'll pull 3 names out of a hat and each will get one of these. The raffle will be held on New Year's Day and winners will be posted on NEClimbs and our FB page within 48 hours.
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Up on one of the Mount Washington Valley's finest crags and want to know what that climb you're looking at is? Or maybe you're on your way up from Boston and want to check out the Ice Report for your upcoming weekend plans. Or more likely, you're at work just want to daydream about your next adventure. Well if you have a smart phone handy, you can get to NEClimbs from anywhere you have cell service. While it doesn't offer every single feature of the site and it's not an "app", in mobile form, it does do a whole lot and is very useful. Here is the live link to the mobile version of NEClimbs:
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