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November 22, 2007

Hi Folks,

Due to the fact that it's Thanksgiving afternoon, I'm just putting out a quick Report this week folks. I hope that all of you will have just as wonderful a holiday and special day with your family and friends as I am. You know, it's hard for me to think much about ice climbing right now, in between bites of my wife's fabulous turkey and stuffing. [big grin] Besides, I'm sure I'm going to put on at least a few more pounds from the mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie and I'll need a couple of days to work that off.

Up here in the north country we're kind of getting teased by the fits and starts of winter. I'd personally prefer that it would simply go from fall right into the cold and snow, but over the past few years that has not been the case. It looks as if this year is about he same. Things are going to be coldish through the weekend, but there is a chance for a warmup at the start of next week, maybe even to as high as the low to mid-40's! Who knows, maybe I'll get a little more rock climbing in. Heck last year there were a few days in mid-December when people were climbing at Humphrey's in t-shirts. I certainly don't hope for that tho.

Take a minute in between bites and the ball games on TV to remember those men and women in our armed services who are not at home with their families this Thanksgiving. Whether you agree with the war or not, please keep them in your thoughts, and prayers if you are thus inclined. They do a difficult job and certainly deserve our full respect and consideration. Let us not forget them on this day.
2007/2008 Fundraiser In Process:
On this Thanksgiving Day I would like to give additional thanks to all of you who have made a contribution to support NEClimbs and the White Mountain Report. As you know full well, all year long I put out the weekly report and maintain the NEClimbs web site. Keeping you up to date with happenings in the Whites is a time consuming thing. Providing the latest ice and rock conditions, reporting on events and people in the local climbing community and more consumes 10+ hours a week, and that's not insignificant - even for a late-worker and early riser like me.

I am not asking you for a whole lot... The minimum $20 donation isn't much, considering all the great information provided every week.

Don't wait to make your contribution, assuming that others will pick up the slack. YOU signed up to be included on the Report mailing list! YOU read it every week! Support NEClimbs and The White Mountain Report, by sending a check or money order for $20 NOW, or make your contribution ON LINE via PayPal. It's easy & painless and you can use your credit card. Simply click the link below to make your donation...

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The new Donations list is up on the NEClimbs site. It contains the names of all of those who have contributed as a part of this 2007/2008 fundraiser and will be updated every day or two.

And as we do each year, when you make a minimum $20 contribution you will be automatically entered in a raffle for some GREAT prizes like Ice guides, copies of Accidents In North American Mountaineering, Bouldering guides and more. The drawing will be held on December 13th, 2007 and all winners will be notified in the Report. Your donation must be postmarked or received by PayPal before December 7th, 2007 to be entered. It's a perfect opportunity to support NEClimbs, and a great chance to win a useful prize.

It's your contribution that makes this newsletter and the NEClimbs web site possible. Thanks for your support.

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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:

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Remember - climb hard, ride the steep stuff, stay safe and above all BE NICE,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

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