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November 22, 2018

Hi Folks,

So Thanksgiving it is...YES. I am grateful for my health, the family that I have even when I don't see them as much as I would like, for the ice and the rock that I can still climb and the friends and partners I climb with, for the bike trails that I can ride right out my back door and my buds that I ride with, for the music that I am still able to play after 51 years and for the friends that I am so very privileged to be able to play with. And for all the friends, loves and lovers I've known in these 71 turns around our yellow Sun.

For me, Thanksgiving is a special day to be grateful for what I have been given. But the gratitude is something I try to do every day. Happy thanks giving to you all. Savor this day my friends. Remember, this is the only November 22nd, 2018 you will have. Love to you all...

So here is how I spent my Thanksgiving morning. Up at 6:30, coffee and breakfast, get things ready to have people over for dinner this afternoon, and head out at 9 AM to take the weekly winter pictures. And now I'm back in my office at home writing up this week's White Mountain Report. It was 4 degrees here in the Valley this morning when I left the house, and 0 with a chill of -15 at the top of Crawford Notch at around 10.

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North Conway, NH 03860

The time and expense of the running and maintaining and putting out The White Mountain Report continue all year. But in the winter I put in at least 5 hours every Thursday taking the pictures, processing them, writing the Report, posting the pix on NEClimbs and FaceBook and putting out the email newsletter Report. It's a lot. PLEASE REMEMBER, it's your contribution that makes this newsletter and the NEClimbs web site viable.
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Thank you once again for all of your support...
That said, there is fun to be had and here are some pictures taken today:

Last week I broadcast my plea for a new camera to replace my broken and ancient EOS Rebel DSLR and it was answered by Ron Birk. He very generously donated his old used 30D to the cause, a major step up from my Rebel. YUGE thanks to him for his kindness. The Ice Report SHALL go on!

ICE FEST 2019:
Mark your calendars & book your clinics folks! IT'S THE 26TH YEAR of the 2019 Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest: February 1st-3rd, 2019.

The snow has made a mess of everything right now so I haven't been out riding this week. We need some snowmobiles and snowshoers out there packing things down so we can ride, but that will be happening soon enough.

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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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