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November 27, 2014

Hi Folks,

First off I want to wish everyone a very healthy and Happy Thanksgiving. It's been a very wonderful year and I personally feel that I have a lot to be thankful for. Of course I would be nowhere without my family, I have my health and I live in a wonderful place. It's so easy these days for us to quibble about this & that and to loose perspective of just how good we really do have it. Sure, things could be better, but they just as easily could be a whole lot worse. My goal these days is to try and look on the bright side of things and as I look forward to a wonderful dinner with friends and family, I am very thankful for everything I have. All my best.

So it was another week of up and down weather. It's hard enough to figure out what to do outside these days, much less what to wear when you're doing it. [wry grin] I had too much work to do to be able to get in any ice climbing, but I did get in a couple of afternoons on the bike. That's right, while folks were climbing the Black Dike, Pinnacle Gully, Shoestring and even Standard Route at Frankenstein, I was riding my bike over here on the flat trails behind Cathedral & Whitehorse and even some over by the quarry in Redstone. It was a bit on the chilly side, but once I got going it was just fine. The very fully thing was riding the fat tire bike all bundled up in 26 degree temps on Sunday and then up near the Moats in 50 degree temps on Monday. Go figure.

I looked back through my archives for the past 5 years and this is pretty common. We have often had some early season ice, followed by a thaw/rain, followed by cold and ice formatting, a quick that/rain in late December and then right on into full-on winter. From what I can see I don't think this is going to deviate much from the norm. Let's be thankful for the earl ice we had, and keep our fingers and toes crossed for the cold and ice that we know is on the way.

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Instant Ice Report - 1:
While there was ice forming in the lower elevations this past week, the 1.25 inches of rain and temps almost in the 60's we had on Tuesday killed it all. As of Wednesday everything was back to ground zero. There is likely still ice in the upper elevations, but even it will likely be suspect. I'm leaving the IceCON rating at a 1, figuring that things will hopefully come back on the Mountain fairly quickly, but I doubt that will be the case for the lower elevations for another week or so. Especially with another warm front on the way for late in the weekend through the early part of next week!

Here are a few pix from Wednesday morning:


And one from today:


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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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