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After multiple rainy days, I was getting a little stir-crazy this week. We've had some amount of rain every day singe last Friday, but Tuesday was brutal. It brought in several lines of storms that roared through, dumping a lot of water in a very short period of time. I don't have any problem getting rained on while I'm out. It kind of goes with the territory. But I'm sorry, I can't bring myself to leave the house for an outdoor activity IN the rain. Things have to be pretty darn bad for me to do that. Fortunately I've had a lot of musical work that has kept me occupied in the house. I've had a couple of recording sessions, some mixing work and a big band rehearsal for a wedding that's coming up in 2 weeks. At least it's all somewhat profitable. [grin]
Someone mentioned that a cold front was coming through last night, and it was actually going to be down near freezing. I was surprised, but kind of disregarded it - until I got up this morning. I went outside to check on the garden and it was downright chilly, probably the upper 40's. A friend who lives in Jefferson texted me that it was 34 at his house at 7am, and then my postman said the same thing about his house ion Berlin! It certainly has been a late spring!
That all said, the morning was totally bluebird and I was chomping at the bit to get out and do something fun. I made a few calls about going climbing, but everyone I called was out skiing on Mt Washington. I guess the auto road is open now, so the east snowfields are beckoning folks to get in some of the last turns of the season. I feel the same at the end of ice season, so I guess I can understand. I did a few errands and reached the point where I absolutely HAD to get out and do something fun, so I decided to get out on the mountain bike.
I had figured that things would be really crappy in the woods, but that turned out not to be the case. I rode from my place by Echo Lake, through the woods to Hale's Location, up to the Carroll Reed Trail, up the logging road to an old cut across to the Tent Boulder Trail, up to the boulder, down to the 4 corners, back left to the mineral site and down Sherwood Forest to the logging road, where I went past Joe's Alibi into Hale's and home. All in all a nice 8 miles in 1:21 in darn near perfect conditions. I think that I would have rather climbed, but I don't know - the ride was pretty darn nice. [grin]
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective November 29, 2015
Ben Maxwell was in Tucks on Sunday and said there were a couple of reasonable lines.. I got an email from fellow guide Matt Shove who was up in Huntington Saturday. He climbed rock and said that in his opinion the ice on the mountain "has been set back to Zero!" and not 5 minutes later I saw a post her on FB by Ben Maxwell and Joe Cormier saying that they climbed 3 pitches of ice in Tucks Saturday. Needless to say that was ribbons of ice, in-between dirt and grass, but apparently it WAS ice! And then Paul McCoy posted 2 pix of what looked surprisingly like ice somewhere on the mountain. So, I have to assume that while there IS ice to be climbed, it's still fairly minimal. So there you have it...
"I honestly can't believe that this is considered debatable. Gravity works. Protect your head."
Instant Bug Report - 3:
I'm keeping the BugCON level at a 3. I was up in the woods near the Tent Boulder today. Not a problem riding along, but if you stopped the mosquitoes ate me alive! DEET is recommended. Also, the ticks are ferocious right now. Be sure to check yourself every time you are outside.
Peregrines are nesting at the Summit Cliff at Rumney. The entire Summit Cliff, including Northwest Passage and Flea Surgeon, is now closed. The Asylum on the left, and The Monolith on the right are also closed! Peregrines are nesting at the Summit Cliff at Rumney. The entire Summit Cliff, including Northwest Passage and Flea Surgeon, is now closed. The Asylum on the left, and The Monolith on the right are also closed!
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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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All ice is dangerous.
Grade 4 pillars are pumpy.
Grade 5 pillars are pumpy and dangerous.
Except for certain rare days of triple-high biorythms and favorable planetary alignments, grade 6 is beyond reach.