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April 11, 2019

Hi Folks,

So where are we here folks? Well we had a couple of days of crappy weather early in the week. One day I saw 4" of heavy wet sloppy stuff that alternated between snow, sleet, freezing rain, rain and anything you can imagine in between. Then the next day we got another 2" of some kind of mess. Then yesterday we had clear blue skies, but temps stayed in the low to mid 30's. Today it's clear blue skies with temps predicted to be close to 50. YEE HA... You can read the weather report below yourself, so I won't try to rehash what the weather pundits have to say, but rest assured it's going to be up & down. Honestly I'd be a lot happier if it would just pick something and stabilize on it.

I want to go rock climbing, but we need another day of warm temps to get things stable even on cliffs like Humphreys, but I'm not sure that's going to happen for tomorrow, but if it does look for my car at Humphreys. I'm still getting asked about Whitehorse and various places on Cathedral. IMNSHO the only rational place on Whitehorse may be the South Buttress. Certainly nothing on the slab area! For me there is NO safe place on Cathedral at this time. Maybe in a week if we get warm sunny days and rain, but probably only on the Thin Air face. But getting up there safely is a crap shoot.

I would say that the classic Rod Stewart tune "Every Picture Tells A Story" would be appropriate here...

Here's some pictures of local rock:
I've been reduced to dredging out the road bike today. The trails that were good at the beginning of the week are all crappy from the snow and slush. And if that weren't enough folks are post-holing everywhere. I rode up along Diana's Bath on Sunday and then up the Attitash Trail until it got too narrow and treacherous to ride. Here are some pix I took. You can see the holes clearly. BTW if you are respectful of the hikers, maybe doing it in the early morning and not on a holiday, this is a fun summer ride.

Highly recommended year 'round...

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Al Hospers
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North Conway, New Hampshire

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