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By seth hamel
Jun 3, 2008

Well there folks. Spoke to some of the crew in the parking lot yesterday and received some good news. Looks like things are going pretty well so far, and there is a possibility of being open for the weekend. Don't plan on it, and make sure to check the forest service website before coming up. It sounds like it will almost definitely be open next week. I also saw tim and he said that really none of the cliffs have been effected by the flames, no problems with the bolts, and the fire was mostly underbrush, not full on trees. Waimea and everything west wasn't hit at all by the fire. All in all it sounds like it's about as good as it could possibly get with the situation. Hopefully we will be seeing eachother at the crags this weekend.


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By NicoleKurth
From Londonderry, NH
Jun 3, 2008
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That is such good news! hopefully things will keep going well!


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By bbrum
Jun 4, 2008

Hey all,

I went out again today with Kori Marchowsky from the USFS and Jim Shimberg. We were looking for potential hazards and the conditions of the trails.

the Midewin hot shot crew is still on site, cutting the occasional hazard tree covering fire lines and still putting out smoldering hot spots. Yes there are still spots smoking!

oddly most trails remain unburned because the ground was compacted by foot traffic. the worst trails that we saw were by Jimmy cliff right and there are some trees down by Bonsai.

that being said there are undoubtedly plenty of unseen hazards such as burned trees and brush at the top of some of the crags that we all need to be aware of.

the USFS is anxious to open as soon as they can, I know they will make a decision as soon as they possibly can.

As far as trail work, and clean up, for now the shots are on the case. But the RCA does hope to get together with the USFS and schedule some much needed trail work.

Thanks to everyone that's volunteered to put in some time, we'll definitely let everyone know when we can give something back to Rumney.

hopefully I'll be letting everyone know soon when the status changes.

Cheers,

Bob


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By Ladd Raine
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From Plymouth, NH
Jun 5, 2008
Waiting for lift-off, Thin Air(5.6) Cathedral Ledge, NH

Driving home from the dump this morning I saw 5 NFS trucks driving away from Rumney, perhaps Rumney will open up soon!


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By seth hamel
Jun 5, 2008

ya boyeeee.... Rumney is open starting today ( Friday ). Just saw it on the news and the forestry webpage has confirmed this. Get ready for a lack of friction this weekend.


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By bbrum
Jun 6, 2008

This is the release from the USFS

Rumney Rocks Climbing Area Open to the Public


Rumney Rocks Climbing Area and Rattlesnake Mountain Trail are reopeningto the public effective Friday, June 6, 2008.

White Mountain National Forest staff caution hikers and climbers using recreation areas within the area burned during the Rattlesnake Fire in Rumney, NH, must be aware of possible hazards resulting from the fire: snags or standing dead trees, loose rocks, and unstable trail edges. A fire in 1992 in this same area left many snags, standing dead and weakened trees; this new fire consumed many of these existing snags and brought others down.

The incident safety officer, George Pozzuto warned that any of these old snags and as well as previously healthy trees affected by this new fire may come down with no warning. Hikers and climbers in the fire area should not grab onto small trees as the trees may be easily pull out of the ground. Pozzuto also warned that rocks and trail edges may be loose and unstable due to the fire consuming organic matter around them andbelow the surface of the soil. The soil surface may look level, but may collapse when stepped on.

Climbers returning to the crags in the Orange Crush, Bonsai, Main Cliff, and Darth Vader areas should be aware that previously exiting bolts,carabineers, slings, quick draws and anchors may no longer be stable.
Hikers and climbers are asked to check the White Mountain National Forestís webpage for updates. www.fs.fed.us/r9/white


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