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Jun 6, 2008, 8:54 AM

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Re: [blueeyedclimber] Rumney Is On Fire
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News From The
White Mountain
National Forest
For Immediate Release: June 4, 2008
Contact: Alexis R. Jackson, 603 – 528-8724 or
Pemigewasset Ranger District 603 – 536-1315
Rumney Rocks Climbing Area Open to the Public
Rumney Rocks Climbing Area and Rattlesnake Mountain Trail are reopening to 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 and below 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 Forest’s
webpage for updates.
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(This post was edited by wonderwoman on Jun 6, 2008, 8:56 AM)

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