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  1. Angus

    NNE Warm Season Thread

    Still a couple good strips of snow to be seen in Tuckerman Ravine from the Wildcat webcam. I had given some thought to skiing last weekend so I could check off July as 'skied in New England' but just went for a hike instead. Water temps in NH lake region - Winnisquam for me - is perfect. I stopped by the Tilton brewery today and bought some cans, pretty good.
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    July pattern(s) and discussion

    I was in Gilmanton last evening before sunset and there was very clear boundary to the north with very ominous clouds. Sometime between 9:30-10PM, very heavy rain moved into Meredith with some great lightning. Was stunned when I woke up around 6:15 this morning to mostly clear skies. The lake water temperature finally got into the comfortable range this week.
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    June 29-30 2019 Thunderstorms

    Between crappy weekend weather, the 'honey-due' list, and trying to find some down time during my weekend, I've started to out-source my lawn mowing to a hard-working, industrious young man/next door neighbor.
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    Spring 2019 New England Banter and Disco

    LOL. Drove north this morning to Lake Como to escape the heat in Parma which reached 104ish. Here, 92-93. We drove up to 3,700' above lake and car thermometer didn't budge. The temps have been rising for the 10 days we've been here. Watching the sun set now against the mountains (7-8K), asking my wife about her favorite places for lobster rolls. A little less connectivity wouldn't be a bad thing! She confirms there is a lot of meat in a Red's roll. Personally, I've seen the line and nothing is that good!
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    The 2018-2019 Ski Season Thread

    I don't know when the summit snow fields normally melt out. From what I could tell from internet banter, there was more snow and more vertical this year than normal on Memorial Day. Literally, you park your car either in the summit parking lots or along the auto road and simply walk and/or down climb to the snow. I know the various MT. Washington advocacy groups this year have been asking people to be careful not to destroy the alpine flora and fauna by trampling over it. I'm guessing this a result of growing popularity of driving up and skiing when the auto road opens. I've skied in the ravine in late June once and I know there is typically a strip of snow that can be and does get skied on July 4th. There is still quite a bit of snow in the ravine and left gully which is safest option this time of year had plenty of snow last time I looked at a webcam. I find increasingly the down climbing with my gear on my back makes for a sore body the next day especially as I get older!
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    Spring 2019 New England Banter and Disco

    Who is Mandy Moore?
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    May 2019 Discussion

    Part of problem is poor guide services. In past, from I've read in the usual assortment of recently popular mountaineering books, the guide services would compete, yet coordinate ascents so as to mitigate back ups on summit. There are now a # of new outfitters which appear to be low quality. They are local Nepalese outfits that take anyone. Also, there has been allegations that thr bottled oxygen recharging has been faulty. Reading a book at moment about Mallory's attempt post WWI. Kind of sad when you consider that the mountain, considered sacred by the locals, is being trashed all in the name of hard foreign currency.
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    The 2018-2019 Ski Season Thread

    Season ended on Mount Washington today. Left Pinkham Notch early and went to summit snow fields via Lions Head trail (summer route). I was pretty cooked when I reached the top of the snowfield just below the summit. Took a single run and then traversed and hiked over to Left Gully for a run down to bottom of bowl and then hike back down to the AMC's parking lot. Good # of folks in summit snow fields with auto road open. Surprisingly few people in bowl. My initial plan was to take a run on Hillmans but I was toast. Weather went from deep blue sky in AM to very light mist by end. Not many days downhill (less than a dozen) but 50+ on the skinny skis.
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    May 2019 Discussion

    A little warmth so I can start swimming at the local pond - Walden - would be appreciated. We put dock in this weekend in NH...will be painful. Water temp currently 50.
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    NNE Warm Season Thread

    another accident at Tuckerman Ravine this weekend requiring helicopter evacuation. Here is the report https://www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org/skier-fall-chute-2019-4-12/ Thinking my only visit will be Memorial Day weekend if weather cooperates, maybe a hike up to summit snowfields, take a couple of runs and then downhike to the bowl for a couple of runs.
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    May 2019 Discussion

    It has been cold on Mt. Washington today. Currently, 23 on the summit.
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    May 2019 Discussion

    I've raked the last two weekends at the cottage on Winnisquam, definitely behind in terms of leaves and bugs.
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    May 2019 Discussion

    So, are you saying at this point in time, I should reconsider my planned Saturday hike into Tuckerman Ravine on Mt. Washington for some skiing. I've been eyeing doing this for almost every weekend for last month hoping to ski back to Pinkham Notch and avoid the slog out and the weather has been too snowy, cold, icey, rainy, foggy, et cetera. Very frustrating!
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    April 2019 Discussion II

    I sent my cousin who worked at the marina 10-15 years ago during the summer that picture just now. She lives in Wisconsin and got a big chuckle.
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    April 2019 Discussion II

    Is that 302 in the background? If so you are on Long Lake. I'm surprised that many boats are already in the water. Spent a lot of time around there as a kid in the early and mid-70's.
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