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July 19, 2018

Hi Folks,

Lots going on for me these days, I hope you are also having a busy and productive summer. The weather has been darn near amazing the past few days, feeling almost like fall in a way. Temps have been moderate during the day and surprisingly cool at night. I even needed a blanket last night! Go figure. But the best thing of all is that there's almost no humidity. WOO WOO

So that prompted me to call Brad Wednesday morning about getting out climbing on Thursday. Turns out that he had just texted me with the same goal. Great minds... LOL So we met at Humphrey's this morning with no particular plan in mind except to just savor the day. We wandered down the trail under the cliff to the start of the Geriatric Walls and settled on the 3 climbs immediately left of the Cakewalk corner. I can't seem to locate the info on the first two, both of which I believe are by George Hurley and David Giampietro, but the leftmost is As Easy As Instant Pudding Pie by the Perez's. I know they were once on NEClimbs, but I don't see them now. Strange... I led the outermost and Brad the middle one. which is all trad on so-so gear. The climbing was good, just the flakes were suspect. This one Brad led, at first thinking it was Pudding Pie. Who knows, it may have been a FA!

I led the right one all the way to the top over the upper buttress & corner to the 2-bolt anchor. I brought Brad up and then we rapped, but there was a problem pulling the rope. Somehow it got twisted or something and I thought I was going to have to use my Shunt to reclaim it. Fortunately Brad walked waaaaay out right and pulled on it and it came loose! WHEW

All in all the climbing was most excellent and the day stellar. Tho we didn't see anyone while we were there, on the way out there was a group of folks on Procession, right of Guides Route. They had a hammock setup and looked as if they were settled in for the afternoon. SWEET These are days to get out and enjoy absolutely anything outdoors.
Apparently the hanger on the crux bolt of Wavelength on Whitehorse is missing. Just a heads up. This may actually have been gone for a while, but it was the first I'd heard of it. Plus if you know what happened, please me someone know.

There has been some talk floating around the inter-webs about the Beast Flake falling down. Well I'm here to call FAKE NEWS! The rockfall was something from out of Gypsy.

In June, long-time AMC volunteer Emmett Lyman was injured in a climbing-related accident on an unclimbed peak in Alaska's Lake Clark National Park. He sustained serious injury to his head and neck, leaving him significantly paralyzed with a C6-C7 spinal cord injury and a traumatic brain injury. 

Emmett is a special person in the Boston AMC climbing community, bringing so many friends and new climbers together with his warmth and incredible kindness. Please consider helping us support him through the fundraiser set up to help defray the significant costs of his medical care. For more information on Emmett's recovery and to make a donation, visit his GoFundMe page using the link below. The AMC Boston Chapter Mountaineering Committee and the friends and family of Emmett are grateful for your generosity and support of Emmett!

Cathedral Ledge (north end only, right of Remission) in Bartlett, NH (Note: this posting begins on 5/25)
Eagle Cliff (south end of mountain) in Franconia, NH
Frankenstein Cliff (front cliff only) in Harts Location, NH
Holts Ledge in Lyme, NH
Painted Walls in Albany, NH
Rumney Rocks (Summit Cliff and nearby) in Rumney, NH
Woodchuck Ledge (right half of cliff) in Albany, NH (Note: this posting begins on 5/25)

Peregrines are present at a number of additional cliffs where no closures have been posted because recreational use is minimal. Climbers are advised to alter plans, and report the incident, if you encounter aggressive falcons during a climb at any NH site.

All areas will be reopened by August 1.

WOW - the riding is amazing everywhere here in the Valley and beyond. Trails are clear and dry, close to perfection. Some friends were up at Moose Brook in Gorham, near Berlin, the other day and raved. Some others were at Kingdom Trails and said the same. Get out there on your bike and enjoy it...

I lowered the BugCON rating to a 2 for the first time this season. While it doesn't mean that there aren't any bugs anywhere, they generally are pretty minimal overall. I can actually sit on my back deck at dusk and not get eaten up, climb at Humphrey's with out slapping constantly and even mountain bike in the deep woods and stop for a drink without getting eaten alive. Leave the Dope in your pack, but it's likely you won't need it.

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Remember - climb hard, ride the steep stuff, stay safe and above all BE NICE,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

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