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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 9:59a on 07/01/22 - Temperature: 72.2 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 72.2 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.869 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Slowly - Humidity: 26 %
BugCON 4: almost too intense for climbing, DEET required
4 out of a possible 5
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May 27, 2004

Hi Folks,

I don't know about you, but I get onto a roll with exercise. You start getting out every day doing something - riding the bike, climbing, hiking or the like - and you start feeling really good about yourself. You get proud about the progress you're making, whether it's with the grade of the climbs, length of your rides or the time it takes to hike around the cliff. And then whammo, the weather changes! 5-6 consecutive days of rain and it's hard to get motivated to do anything, much less to get outside and exercise. Now you find that all that good work goes to all to hell in a handbasket.

Right now I feel like I'm almost back at ground-zero. I'm not really at ground-zero of course, but it feels that way. It's just that much harder to get motivated again. The exercise momentum-train is just so much easier to ride when you're on it all the time. Your gear is out and ready to go all the time, your mind is in the right place and you just do it, whether for 20 minutes or 5 hours. You are in the groove, and it's a solid feeling.

Of course when the weather is like it has been recently, it's hard to get off your duff and out the door. That said, there's a certain point - and I reached it mid-Tuesday afternoon - when the cabin fever takes over and you simply have NO CHOICE but to get out and DO SOMETHING. For me it was the need for some serious aerobic stimulation in the worst way! So, I drug the road bike out of the garage and lumbered off down West Side Road. The initial couple of miles weren't much fun, but by the time I got to the intersection of West Side and 302, all was well in the land of Hospers. In spite of a persistent and obnoxious drizzle, I warmed up and got into it, and amazingly enough when I got back to the house I was actually disappointed it was over.

There were braver folken who went out climbing between downpours over the weekend. I looked out several times on Saturday and Sunday and was surprised to see occasional parties on the cliffs. Here are a couple of pix from Scott Conchieri taken on Sunday. Be sure to check out the water dripping off the triangular roof and the totally wet face as well! Kudos to "Ironman" (Steve) Bartlet for getting out there in those conditions. The leader on the crux of Thin Air is the dean of local guides, George Hurley. I've seen George cruise Pine Tree Eliminate in the pouring rain, so it's doubtful that the dank and dismal conditions had any real effect on him. Gotta wonder about that client tho. <grin>

I also spotted several local guides in the rain with clients in tow over the past couple of days, so there must be a few places where it's dry enough to get out for some fun. Fortunately things have cleared a bit today, Thursday, and with any luck I'll get in a bit of climbing this afternoon before the next wave of showers come through.

If you are traveling over the long Memorial Day weekend, please be careful & drive safe. The weather report is for a pretty good one, so I hope to see you all out there on the rock.

Web Links:
Here's an interesting web site I came across the other day.

Create your own TOPO

It's a very neat idea and cool use of the technology. Along these lines, I'm looking for some new and interesting climbing links that I haven't seen before. If you have any that you're come across, please send them along. I'll have a look-see and put together a dozen or so and post them in a future Report. I'm looking for new and different or useful sites that aren't the same old ones that everyone knows about already. Drop me an email with your suggestions to

More Everest Happenings:

Sherpa climbs Everest in new record of 8 hours, 10 minutes May 23, 2004
KATMANDU, Nepal -- Ace Sherpa guide Pemba Dorjee scaled Mt. Everest in a record 8 hours and 10 minutes Friday, beating the previous mark by more than 2-1/2 hours, Nepal's Mountaineering Department said.

S. Korean Woman Climber Conquers Mt. Everest in Solo Attempt
SEOUL, May 23 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean woman mountaineer has succeeded in climbing Mt. Everest alone, becoming the first Korean woman alpinist to do so, a domestic sponsor company said Sunday. Oh Eun-seon, 38, scaled the world's highest 8,848-meter peak at 2:15 p.m. local time on Thursday after an 11-hour climb from a 8,300-meter camp via a northeast route, Youngone Corp. said.

American Alpine Club Basecamp 2004

Saturday, June 12th, 2004, 5:00p
Nancy Savickas' Refuge Alpiniste
17 Bridge Street, Albany, NH
(617) 285-0517 (cell)

Slide Show - You do it! Bring five of your best slides
Bring your fly rod; stream in yard

-o0| Snacks, soda, corn-on-cob |0o-
BYOB and something for the grille
Old timers, families, & kids welcome

For details and directions click here.

Bill Atkinson, chair
Nancy Savickas, vice chair

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Al Hospers
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North Conway, New Hampshire

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