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November 23, 2006

Hi Folks,

This is a short Report since, after all, it's Thanksgiving. Hopefully you all are in some warm and wonderful place surrounded by your friends and family, enjoying all the food and good cheer that you so richly deserve. I personally feel I have many things to be thankful for. I trust that each of you feels the same, in your own way.

I always make the desserts for our family dinner and then get out of the house with the kiddo to give my wife room to cook, unencumbered if you will. So, once my pies were in the oven Daz and I drove up to Crawford Notch to see how the ice is progressing. It was actually surprising how well things are coming along. While there was absolutely NO snow anywhere, and that includes Mt. Washington, if there is flowing water there is ice starting to form. We have had generally cold weather all week and on some days it hasn't gotten above the mid-thirties all day! So anyway...as I said, the ice is starting to form. Of course it's too thin to climb yet, but it is coming.

Here's a pictures of a very bare Mt. Washington taken Thanksgiving morning. Other shots of Crawford Notch are on the Ice Report page:

Mt. Washington

The current prediction for the next several days is for warmer temps, so I have no idea how all this will pan out. I think that we all just need to be thankful for what we have & spend as much time as possible on the rock right now.

Happy Thanksgiving...
2006/2007 Fundraiser - Winners Reminder:
I forgot one of the winners, sorry 'bout that folks:

Christoph Damboise Black Diamond ATC

Michael Janson: Patagonia men's Super Guide Jacket
Eric Winters: 3' Coyote Snow Picket
Jeff Findlen: Komperdell Avalanche Probe
Barry Rusnock: "The Villain, A Portrait of Don Whillans" by Jim Perrin
Simon Kozin: Robert Frost's acclaimed climbing video, "Auto Road"
Larry Boehmler: "An Ice Climbers Guide to Northern New England"
David Curry: Tim Kemple's "New England Bouldering" guidebook
Steve Gabis: Accidents In North American Mountaineering 2006
Tyler Donaldson: plastic water bottle
Neil Soice: plastic water bottle
Jon Shuttle: plastic water bottle
John Shortt: "Boston Rocks" 2nd Edition guidebook
Robert Clark: "Ways To The Sky" - North American Mountaineering

Some of you have already contacted me, most have not. If your name is on this list please get in touch with me at al@neclimbs.com to arrange to get your prize. Obviously it would be best if you simply dropped by the house here by Cathedral Ledge to pick it up at your convenience, or I can arrange to leave it somewhere for you to save the shipping costs.

Although this year's fundraiser is over, donations are always welcome at any time of the year. You can make a donation at any time by using the link below or by clicking the link on the Home page of NEClimbs.com.

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Thanks again for helping keep the White Mountain Report and NEClimbs available for the climbing community and growing.

November Mammut and NEClimbs Photo Contest:
We're more than halfway through the final month of our Mammut/NEClimbs photo contest. There are some fun images in this gallery. If you haven't checked them out, you should. At the end of this contest we'll be selecting the grand prize winner of a new pair of climbing shoes. Good luck to all.

Mobile Version Of NEClimbs:
Up on one of the Mount Washington Valley's finest crags and want to know what that climb you're looking at is? Or maybe you're on your way up from Boston and want to check out the Ice Report for your upcoming weekend plans. Or more likely, you're at work just want to daydream about your next adventure. Well if you have a smart phone handy, you can get to NEClimbs from anywhere you have cell service. While it doesn't offer every single feature of the site and it's not an "app", in mobile form, it does do a whole lot and is very useful. Here is the live link to the mobile version of NEClimbs:

http://www.neclimbs.com/mobile

Check it out and if you have issues on your specific phone, please feel free to let me know.

NEClimbs & White Mountain Report On Facebook:
Join us and LIKE us on Facebook. I'll try and post some interesting pix every Thursday and the latest Ice Report in the season, tho certainly not the whole Report. Here's where you can check it out:

http://www.facebook.com/NEClimbs/

Have fun and climb safe,


Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are naught without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end.
Edward Whymper, 1865, the first ascent of the Matterhorn
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