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Over the past couple of weeks we've had a few showers come through, coupled with lots of days that looked and felt as if it was going to rain at any minute. However, it rarely rained and things have been very dry until today. I say that "almost" tongue in cheek since, tho it rained somewhat last night and all morning, it stopped around noon and hasn't rained since. I went out to check on my garden and when I stuck my fingers down into the ground I found that the ground really isn't soaked through. [sigh] Good for the climbing, that;s for sure. But not great for us gardeners and our lawns. On top of the rain It was also a cool morning - low 60's, but warmed up through the day, topping out in the mid 70's.
This is a really busy season for web stuff and music. I only seem to have time for a cople of hours of climbing here & there. I got in a nice morning of climbing on Cathedral With my friend Jeff last Friday. We repeated the new crack left of Sticks & Stones that Bob A & company cleaned and then took a run on AP Treat. Then we threw a TR on By The Way, a.k.a. Welton's Corner. This is a nice dihedral that George Hurley and Mike Khan did several years ago. Interestingly it had been done originally in 1986 by Loren Smith. It was named for his father, who had passed just before. The original rating was 5.9 (why are we not surprised) but the present consensus is 10a. I have to get up there soon and give it a run on lead. The gear looks pretty good and there is a bolt at the crux. While the normal line heads left onto the slab at the top, I also managed a direct finish. However I'm not going to try a lead that way 'till someone cleans off the moss that covers the top slab. Still, it's a cool like and one worth keeping clean.
I wrote about Eitan Green's tragic death on Rainier in last week's report. A number of folks wrote in to correct that I said he'd gone to Colby Sawyer. He actually went to Colby College in Maine. Sorry 'bout that. I also got an email from his mother Beth, thanking me for writing about her son. I have to thank her for raising someone who had such a positive affect on pretty much everyone he met. He will be missed. There will be a Celebration of Life tomorrow, Friday the 13th, at the base of Cathedral Ledge at the end of the day. Tho no official time has been set, I would figure between 5 & 6 sounds about right. Bring something to drink and grill if you like.
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective February 23, 2017
The warmup has really hit us hard everywhere but in the higher elevations. Anywhere in the direct sun is dam close to toast right now. The Amphitheater at Frankenstein is off the radar, or certainly should be. You can probably do the Pegasus rock finish, but that's all. And I would be VERY careful walking under anything over in that area. As of today, Thursday Feb 23, Standard Route still looks OK. I also spotted someone climbing on Waterfall, tho I'm sure that the normally funky top outs are worse. The bottom of Dropline fell down, but Dracula still looks good. I was pleased to see that Willies still looks good. The snow has compacted and I saw what looked to be blue ice. The left side of Willard is basically gone, but Hitchcock, The Cleft, Left Hand Wrench, the far right slab and Elephant Head are still climbable. Other than the Barking Dog and North End I would write off Cathedral Ledge. I know people are going to ask about Repentance, etc and frankly I would caution away from it. In fact anything that is supposed to be attached to rock is suspect. Not to mention the fact that there is a LOT of stuff hanging around above you on Cathedral at this time.
Instant Bug Report - 3:
Still hanging at the top of the scale, a mighty 5! Go out in the woods without bug dope at your own peril! IMO it's pretty bad right now. You have been warned!
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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