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March 30, 2017

Hi Folks,

Wow, we haven't had a late ice season in a while, but this could be the one folks! It used to be that George Hurley and I would drop our taxes in the mail and go climb Dracula as a matter of course. Well that's been a while, but you might be able to do it this season. In spite of the several warmups we had this season, the ice has kept coming back in spades.

I decided to take my pictures a day early so I could get out and climb with George Hurley this morning. He has been wanting to do something more interesting than Standard Route or Dracula and we talked about Super Goofer. I've been wanting to get on it, and it still looks fat, but Goofers itself looks very thin. So I suggested the new pillar at the Hanging Garden that's the talk of the coffee shop. [wry grin] I dropped the kid off at the HS and George met me at the house at 8:30. We got on the road quick and were at Frankenstein by 9. There were 4 other cars already in the lot and David Lottmann was hanging around with his friend Ben waiting for 2 others to arrive. George and I booked down the tracks, eventually coming across Matt Bowman and Dave Karl gearing up below Dracula. I chatted for a minute, but George kept moving, heading up the hill. A mere 10 minutes later we were at the base of the climb. When George is on a mission he's like a horse with the bit between his teeth. David and 3 others came up the hill behind us, but by this time we had on our harnesses and crampons and were flaking the rope.

A very small amount of chatter ensued and George started up the climb. I've been climbing with him for over 20 years and it's always a pleasure to watch him climb. Even at 82 he has and economy of motion and focus that allows him to climb almost effortlessly. Here are some pictures and a link to a short video of him. Enjoy...

I heard the very sad news that John Strand passed away on Wednesday. John was a prolific climber in the Mount Washington Valley in the 80's, putting up many hard and bold routes such as California Girls, Cuff Link, The Last Strand and Reelin' In The Fears; as well as test pieces like Sticks and Stones with long time partner Tom Callaghan. John had been living in Colorado for many years and had some medical issues for the last 5 years or so. His legacy was of hard climbing in excellent style. For those in the know, John hated Tricams!

RIP John...

Additional pictures are on the web site and facebook.

I've gotten out a couple of times this week. It took a few days for things to get packed out again after the storm, but it's been OK. The best place I've ridden was on the snowmobile trails at the Marshall Conservation land off West Side Road. It was soft after noon, but if you got out early it was wonderful. With another storm coming, I'm not sure how things will be this weekend, probably too soft. But if the snowmobiles get out, it could be awesome.

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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

You could make a guide from the stuff he has done over the years and not reported!(regarding Michael Hartrich)
Dave ?
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