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October 25, 2018

Hi Folks,

I'm writing this at 5:30 AM - the wind is really howling, it's 28 degrees outside here at the Ledges and we've had a little bit of spitting snow all night. Not anything to accumulate of course...go figure... So it's the end of October, and where the heck are we? Well one day it's nice, another cold, then it's snowing like crazy on the Mountain and yet it's clear here in our little Valley. So I suppose you could say, we're in a definite maybe. And as for as my attitude right now, I'm all in for cold & snow up on the mountain and in the Notches, but not so much here in the Valley. Why, because my snowblower is broke! And that's a good enough reason IMNSHO! [ha]

Nope, I haven't personally been in the Ravines yet, but I hope to get there sometime next week. Even if it's just to take my tools for a walk. That said, I've been monitoring conditions pretty closely and talking with friends who have been up in the Ravines, so I have a pretty good idea of how things are looking. My riding buddy and his wife were up skiing the Sherbie yesterday, and amazingly it was in surprisingly good shape. Good enough that they took 2 runs. He sent me a video that showed pretty good coverage, with close to 2' of snow!

Last week another friend was up in Huntington and the ice was mediocre. Tho Pinnacle was done, it was very thin and pouring water. This week things are better in Tucks, but still a lot of water running and not very well bonded. Yes, you can climb something, but don't count on being able to place even remotely solid screws. The big thing is that there is a LOT of snow up there for the end of October. Word has it that there we're talking 7-10 foot drifts in lots of places. Probably even deeper with the wind like it's been! Considering that, I'm not at all surprised.

Still, I'm pretty confident that we're going to have another round of Indian Summer before we sink into full-on winter. In fact I'm looking forward to another day or maybe two of warm rock before I actually bring out the ice gear, tho I have been getting it sharp and ready for pretty much instant use. I'm also making sure that all my clothes are clean and patched, I found my warm gloves I generally have everything ready to go. However, don't put those brand new picks on your ice tools quite yet. Even if you find something to climb in the Ravines, it's going to be thin. Just save those picks for that sweet & fat mid-season blue ice. WORD...
Yup, it's that time of year and I'm going to start the fundraiser this coming week, so please keep it in mind. It really does takes time and effort on my part to keep this newsletter, the web site and my Facebook postings going all year. I would appreciate your support in any way you can manage it this year.

ICE FEST 2019:
Mark your calendars folks! Time to start thinking about ice! IT'S THE 26TH YEAR of the 2019 Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest: February 1st-3rd, 2019

Yes, my buds and I are still riding. The trails are good, tho with some blowdowns here & there, and we hope to be doing it for at least another couple of weeks. I even want to get out for an hour this afternoon if at all possible. Time to grab it before we break out the fat-tire bikes and put on the studded tires folks.

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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

The Puking Gecko, Grand Wall, *** S9 5.12d/e 712m - An intimidating and salacious climb. The final pitch is so exposed, tricky, and continuously strenuous that it is impossible to even contact the rock at any point. Better than making passionate love on top of a Japanese Bullet Train. Superbly magnificent and grimly brilliant.
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