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    The Mt Washington Run

    I was kind of keeping quiet on this, mostly so I could back out if I couldn't pull off the preparations, but here goes. Next weekend I'm going to try climbing Mount Washington with the bike.

    I wasn't able to borrow any additional lipo from the few possible guys I spoke to, though, in particular, Shawn Lawless was great, and if I'd had a few more weeks to work on it, I think we could have worked something out. So, I'm running what I've got. That is, about 1kwh of RC lipo that I don't trust at all, about 1.5kwh of lead that came from my original build, and about a .7kwh Headway pack that's mounted on my modular rack.

    Here's the bike:



    That was snapped before I finished the carbon fiber work, but I had some more reinforcing to do. I think it's going to be rock-solid, but that lead is heavy.

    The plan is to brutalize the lead, and get as far as I can on it. When that goes flat, I'll switch to the lipo, manually, with the big Anderson connectors. Hopefully that will get me to the top without killing the lipo, but the LVC is set to keep them from getting too low, and I have cell monitors on them now. If they can't do it, then I'll be carrying this pack in my courier bag:



    It actually will be a great test of the whole swappable battery idea. I kind of hope that I need to use it.

    I got the packs built this weekend, topping up the charges this week, and going through the punchlist.

    Check out the blog, I've done a lot of research on the history of this kind of thing on the mountain, and had some great email exchanges with Prof. Charlie MacArthur as well as Mike Corbin... there's a chance that Charlie may be able to make it!

    Wish me luck. The two biggest things I'm worried about are the weather, and the ride down on drum brakes.

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    Ted, good luck! I've been thinking about making the run with my conversion (7.2kwh of T-Sky cells should be no problem) but can't make it this weekend. Keep us posted! The folks at Mt. Washington used to run an alternative transportation day but I don't think it was very popular.

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    Thanks Frank! Yeah, there's a decent chance that Charlie MacArthur, the guy who started the Alternative Energy event back in the 70s may be there. Check out the forecast:

    Friday night into the weekend...low to moderate confidence.
    Cluster of model guidance has sped up a cold front moving across the
    northeast Friday night into Saturday. As the less amplified
    solution...appears that the cold front has very little moisture to
    work with. Am inclined to go with an entirely dry
    forecast...however there is still plenty of time for the models to
    change...and perhaps even slow the system up. Therefore insert a
    slight chance for Friday night into Sat morning with the west and
    northwest zones most likely to see precipitation. High pressure will
    quickly usher in on Sat night into Sunday. Because of all the
    flip-flopping have a low confidence on this portion of the forecast.


    ...for those not from New England, that's a pretty much typical forecast for any given day. Translation: They don't have a clue.

    Here's the morning's temperature profile - very different from yesterday, where it got down to 28º at the summit.



    I'm just waiting for a couple of non-essential parts. You know, two ANDERSON CONNECTORS for the PACKS, NOTHING IMPORTANT (EV Source FAIL). I'm hoping the forklift truck supplier is a little more professional, and that comes in today. Got one HUGE bolt coming in that will safety the belly tray, and that's coming from McMaster Carr.
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    Hope it all comes together. I just got back from a cross-country trip that saw me climbing mountain passes in Colorado last week which reminded me of Mt. Washington (except they're typically a lot higher!). I'd love to try Mt. Washington on my e-bike sometime.
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    holy last frikkin MINUTE batman... UPS just delivered the Anderson connectors for the two additional packs. I got 'em installed, and checked out. A few minor touchups, and it's off to the White Mountains tomorrow morning!

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    Brakes? Who needs brakes?

    Good luck Ted!!

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    Go get em Ted, keep the shinny side up and make sure to get some vids if you get the chance.

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    Rock out man!

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    Noah, at that point I'll either be thinking "DAMMIT" or "AWESOME", if I do get to that point! Either way, I'll be thinking of you and waving.

    All loaded up... the thunderstorms they promised for the morning have all blown through, and I had a chance to use my vinyl printed cover.

    Between the bike mechanical stuff, the bike electrical stuff, the photo and video gear and my toothbrush and u-trow, I can't believe how much prep it's taking to do a damn 8 mile ride lol!

    I good friend connected me with a B&B nearby, so I'll be sleeping in comfort tonight rather than in a tent... As soon as my wife wakes up so's I can kiss her goo-bye, I'm off!

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