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January 21, 2021

Hi Folks,

After weeks of above average temps, it's finally gotten quite cold out there. And it's going to get colder over the next several days! The sustained cold temps, as well as some more snow, is just what the Ice Doctor ordered.

I was fortunate to be able to get out this Monday and climb Dropline with Matt Bowman. I've led it 3 times over the past 15 years and it was great to lay back and just follow him up it. He did a superb job and as always the climbing was a gas. I've always felt that getting up to the start of the column is in many ways the crux of the climb. There is little if any protection and the climbing borders on Grade 4. It's similar in that respect to Machine. The first 50+ feet are the business. [wry grin] We did it using a single 70 meter rope, so you can do the whole thing in a single go. I kind of like doing it that way because I really don't like going over to the tree belay on the left and making the rock traverse back right onto the pillar. But if all you have are 60's, that's what you need to do. Here's a link to his little video of me finishing it off and a picture I took of him in the middle.

As always the full set of pictures are on Facebook and NEClimbs.

I am gratified when I go out climbing and I see other climbers wearing masks when they around other climbers. I'm not saying that you need to wear it all the time. Just when you're at a belay with your partner, when you bring someone up and they are going to pass right next to you, when you're walking in or out in close or reasonably close proximity, or any time you're standing around with others like top-roping. It's smart, respectful and quite frankly it's the right thing to do.

And PS, even if you're a guide, please just wear the mask. You set the tone for the day. By doing so, you make your client understand that you take their health and safety seriously. It's exactly like wearing a helmet...

Thank you...

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I find JHU's Daily COVID-19 Data in Motion report to be very informative. It shares critical data on COVID-19 from the last 24 hours in a short 1 minute animated video format.



Many of the hiking and bike trails on the east side are in generally good shape. However, other than the Marshall area, stuff on the west side isn't as good. We need a little more snow for the snow machines to be able to get out there & pack things down. Once that happens it's going to open up a lot more good riding.

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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

I've tried many sports, but climbing is the best. The beauty of this sport is that no matter how good you get, you can always find a way to challenge yourself.
Randy Leavitt
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