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February 11, 2016

Hi Folks,

WOW, what a weekend. In fact, what a week it was. We went through about every scenario that you could, in a bare 7 day period. Ending of course with the huge WHEWWWW exclamation when we all realized that Ice Fest 2016 was actually going to happen as planned! Just in case you were living under a rock, what Iím talking about was the amazing warmup and rain we had only a few days right before the weekend. Right down to the wire, Thursday, temps were in the mid-40ís and the water was pouring everywhere. Talk about a shock to the system!

Of course weíve had warmups around Xmas and January thaws before, even to the extent that much of the ice fell down. But this year it was really really late. In keeping with the late Indian Summer this year that gave us mountain biking in shorts on Xmas day. Ice Fest started on Friday and I was scheduled to take a crew of beginner alpinists to Willies Slide for a day of crampon technique, self arrest and v-thread demos. I was concerned that we werenít going to be able to do self-arrest, but amazingly it was cold and we got 3-4+ inches of powdery snow over the course of the day, giving us enough snow for self-arrest and the feeling of winter. I repeated the same course on Saturday and conditions were even better.

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Over the course of the weekend the ice continued to build and everyone managed to get in pretty much all of the climbs that they wanted to do. As is often the case, I had a music gig on Saturday night and a jazz brunch on Sunday so I didnít get to any of the presentations, but from what I heard they were fantastic as usual. Iíve been to every one of these and one of these daze Iím going to have to turn down some gigs and catch the shows. [wry grin]

Huge kudos go out to IME and IMCS owners Rick Wilcox and Brad White for putting on this amazing event. And especially to Celia, Ashley, Michael, Todd, the fluorescent-shirt guys & gals who helped outfit everyone, the guest guides, the incredible vendors and the Tuckerman Brewing Company. And of course big thanks to everyone who came out and participated. It was a FABULOUS event and you all ROCK.

I climbed Walk In The Forest this morning with Brad. I could see holes in the middle curtain, but the left corner was big and fat. I had done it several weeks ago and it was plastic and I didnít use more than 4 screws on the entire 130í of climbing. This time it was much bigger, with fewer stances, and quite brittle in many spots. In addition the top-out up the final little headwall was quite tricky. Frankly I was happy to run in 9 screws! Of course for all you hard men & women out there YMMV. [wry grin]
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ACCIDENTS:

There were some lost climbers on Odell Gully last weekend, you can read about it here: http://www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org/2016/02/10/lost-climbers-february-5-2016-2/

Thereís probably a lesson to be learned from this, ya think?

VALLEY CYCLING:
In a word, itís FANTASTIC. If you have a fat tire bike, you are in heaven now. People are riding most trails on the East side and many on the West as well. Folks have been going out to Sawyer Pond, up Bear Notch Road, up Hurricane Mountain, out to Zealand Hut, up Jefferson Notch Road and even up into Tuckerman Ravine. Nowís the time to get out there folks. Itís never been better!

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Have fun and climb safe,


Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


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