I've grown up in the Boston area, we've just had the warmest November on record since mid 1800's, the first totally snowless December in modern history (more or less), I used to always sled on my birthday December 8 when I was a kid, and a record warm December. Now by the time early January rolls around winter should be settling in pretty hard as cold and snow goes. For the sake of the local ecosystems I hope it does but last Saturday it hit 60° during a woods climb!
We picked two tall American beech with close proximity so we might have some traverse potential. My slingshot was working fine due to the warm temps but I really like to get hand throws in if possible, if only to keep skills alive. The crowns on these trees are high but I was able to set throwlines over good limbs in one tree while my friend Paul worked on the second tree. Two climbers Åsa and Nancy installed their ropes, tied up their systems and started climbing. Then my hand throwing died so I sent a bag up with the slingshot, oops, overpowered, forgot how warm it was. Bag sailed over the highest possible tie-in in the tree. Which caused me to whine since I would have to do a 95' SRT ascent which wasn't the work I was expecting at the moment. I set my 150' with a cinched TIP, climbed up and then converted it over to DRT. Meanwhile Paul was having a seriously jinxed throwing day ending up with a stuck bag and other delights (not). Traverse would have to be another day. Hanging out in the tree we watched a pair of Cooper's Hawks fly past, red-tailed hawks, and as the sun went down listened to a coyote pack howling/yip-yapping. Good times.
Climbers going up DRT
Two climbers below, one in a second tree