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March 31, 2016

Hi Folks,

Just like last week, we keep going back & forth with the weather. Mostly rain, sleet, flurries which are interspersed with the occasional really nice day. Wednesday was one of the nice days, and today is OK. It’s warming up week by week, but still staying cold at night - at or below freezing. That keeps the ice in the dark cracks, making crags that have a northern aspect or are shaded still suspect. I keep getting calls asking about Cathedral and the Whitehorse Slabs, and like a broken record I keep suggesting the South Buttress and Humphrey’s. Go figure… I have a couple of friends that went out to White Ledge in Albany on Wednesday, only to find it pretty wet. Not really that surprising. Pick & choose carefully what you climb these daze.

I got 2 recall notices from the Consumer Products Safety Commission yesterday via email. I signed up to their notices and get several a month, rarely containing climbing related stuff. I was surprised to see one that included most of their wire carabiners and a few others. The second was for some nylon runners. You can check them out on these links:

Black Diamond Recalls to Inspect Carabiners Due to Fall Hazard

Black Diamond Recalls Nylon Runners Due to Fall Hazard
Really nothing to speak of. That said, I would suggest checking for ticks after you’ve been out due to the very mild winter we had!

Yesterday I drove over and parked at the gate on High Street to check out the Mineral Site, High School Trail and Marshall loops. First I rode uphill to the start of the Mineral Site trail. Not too bad up to the Weenie Gully, where it turned to ice. I could have found a way down and up the other side, walking, but there was a lot of ice underneath the pine needles and it looked like much more of the same on the other side. So I turned around and came back and did the HS trail. there was some snow, but no ice and minimal mud. I was happy that I brought the fat tire bike, mainly because it was soft in places. I rode in a little toward the Marshall loops, but it was soft, muddy and generally a mess so I turned around. Another week or so and it should be OK, but for now I recommend the East side trails like Sidehill, Rattlesnake and Outer Limits.

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North Conway, New Hampshire

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