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August 13, 2021

Hi Folks,

If you're wondering why this wasn't posted on Facebook last night, it's because I'm in FB Jail for 24 hours for an "inappropriate comment". [sigh]

Unfortunately I didn't get out climbing this week. [sigh] I needed to get out yesterday afternoon and did a local ride late yesterday afternoon. I thought the temp had moderated enough to make it reasonable and decided on a local ride. Rolling along the road to Cathedral it felt pretty good, but as I started to climb the Ledge Road I realized that the humidity was amazingly thick and it was hotter than I had expected, so I decided that climbing the road wasn't the best idea.

I opted to ride the woods trails by Echo Lake & cut over to Birch Hill and back through the Electric Loop to Joe's Alibi and Hales Location. 90 degrees and 80% humidity made things much more brutal than I expected, even tho I was kind of puttering along. I ran into some friends in the Electric Loop area and they had also opted for a no-climb ride! It was interesting that when I was cruising the road it was comfortable, but in the woods it was very oppressive. It made me kind of wish I'd been out on my road bike for a change, except for dealing with the crazy drivers on the road!

The point of all this is that when I got home I took a shower, made dinner, sat down and promptly dozed off! When I woke up it was too late to start this missive, so here we are this morning. Sorry 'bout that. It's going to be yet another very hot day today, so whatever you're going to do today try to stay cool & above all hydrate.
It's back folks! This year it will be September 17-19, 2021 and is being sponsored by CAMP Technical Adventure Equipment. It looks to be a great weekend and there is limited space so get your tickets NOW.

All seasonal climbing closures put in effect in Spring 2021 for NH Peregrine Falcon nest sites have been lifted. Climb on! This season, I especially want to acknowledge direct involvement by Bob Hall, Lee Hansche, Torie Kidd, and Andy Casler in management efforts at specific sites. And thanks again to all for your support of Peregrine Falcon management here in NH! 

Please continue to send me updates when you encounter falcons at any of the areas where you climb. I look forward to working with you in the 2022 falcon nesting season.

Chris Martin
Senior Biologist, NH Audubon

Ticks still out and about, but it's mostly annoying mosquitoes at sunrise and sunset or in deep woods.


Get vaccinated folks... The number of new cases and active cases have basically doubled in the past 7 days!!! And if you want to be able to get out and about, without vaccination that is starting to be restricted.

New Hampshire is one of the top ten states with the highest vaccination rates, with 752,000 Granite Staters who are fully vaccinated, although it has the lowest vaccination rate among the New England states.

-- Stone Mountain music venue
With the recent surge of Covid cases many of our artists and customers are needing a vaccinated environment to remain committed to come to SMAC. We obviously can’t afford another rash of cancellations by our customers or performers... so we are implementing the following policy:
* PROOF OF VACCINATION or a negative (within 72 hours) Covid test is required upon arrival to attend this concert. Rapid home tests are okay. Please bring proof to check in.
* MASKS are required when not seated at your table and our staff will be masked as well.
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--LA Times
Concert giant AEG Presents, which runs marquee festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach along with local clubs like the Roxy and El Rey Theater, announced a mandatory vaccination policy for staff and fans at its future shows. The policy, which fully kicks in on Oct. 1, will not allow for recent negative tests to substitute — only fully vaccinated ticketholders may attend its concerts and festivals, except in any states where such policies are banned. Effective immediately, and leading up to Oct. 1, proof of a negative test within 72 hours of the show date will suffice for entry.

New Hampshire:
1 new death reported
310 new cases reported
1,513 Active cases
58 patients are currently hospitalized
1,394 total deaths

United States:
Confirmed: 36,306,963
Deaths: 619,093

Confirmed: 205,553,080
Deaths: 4,336,846

The Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracking map:

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.



I got in several rides over the past couple of days in between the rainy days. Sawyer River Road on Wednesday was nice, as it usually is. A fair number of cars, but everyone was respectful. Yesterday's late afternoon MTM ride was brutal as described above. But at least I got out. The Electric Loop has just a touch of mud, but the bridges are all reasonably dry and fortunately not slippery at all.

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Remember - climb hard, ride the steep stuff, stay safe and above all BE NICE,

Al Hospers
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North Conway, New Hampshire

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