Friday, April 29, 2011

Salmon stocking

Fish and Game Department stocking Atlantic salmon fry in the Mad river and beebe river.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Springing up politics

Presidential wannabes are starting to descend on New Hampshire. Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, declared his intentions on Friday.

Newt Gingrich was at St. Anselm's College admiring the campaign trail photos from years past.

And in state politics, more than 3,000 people protested outside the State house over proposed budget cuts as the House voted.


Monday, April 18, 2011

extending the season

It is mid-April and skiing is still being attempted, though not always successfully. The chutes of King Ravine proved to be too rock-hard to do much with on Saturday, but they were awfully pretty to look at.

I think Jen and Mardi enjoying swinging their ice axes around, though.

Further south, the snow was even less accessible. Ben White goes searching for snow on Mt. Passaconaway despite the rain...

...or rain-swollen streams.


Saturday, April 09, 2011

Back in the Gulf

The Gulf of Slides on April 9th. Temperatures in the 50s with lots of snow and low avalanche danger. Great day.

Looking up Central Gully. Cars lined Rte. 16 with the Tuckerman Ravine-bound crowds. You couldn't tell there was a crowd one mile south in the Gulf of Slides.

It was possible to skin up all the way to tundra and the howl of winds coming over the ridge in the Left gully.

Brian Adams jump-turns in the trees.

The difference that one week makes. Fantastic temperatures, safe snow, spring skiing. The Gulf of Slides trail is intact all the way to the parking lot. A stream crossing towards the bottom is starting to open up, but is easy to cross for now. Once the sunshine loosened the snow it was lovely skiing on the trail and the gullies get even more sun, so are in great condition while it's warm. Snowboarders will have to stop about .2 miles from the trailhead where the run flattens out.


Sunday, April 03, 2011

Looking for avalanches

Jenn Gross leans into the wind in the Central Gully of the Gulf of Slides, Mount Washington.

The comments at the end are to a skier trying to head up around the corner when we all started bombing past her. I was not one of them.