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September 9, 2021

Hi Folks,

The weather has been all over the place these days. Tuesday night was darn chilly and it was 48 when I got up at 6am Wednesday morning! Yesterday was gorgeous, but it's rained off and on all day today. Check out the weather prediction from the Observatory below. It looks like things will be all over the place again this weekend. [sheesh]

I was away for a couple of days and was really going nuts to go climbing when I returned. My plan was to do something on Tuesday, but I picked up a gig over in Ashland on Monday night and was kind of beat Tuesday. Plus Matty B was busy and Brad was away... [snif] So when I got up on Wednesday I decided to go up to the little cliff at the top of Cathedral, a.k.a. the Wall of the Hurley Morning Light, and just run a few laps on TR using my Shunt. There are some OK trees up there to setup a butterfly/loop with my little 30 meter rope and I can do all the lines just using that. As I've mentioned before, there are 2 trad lines on the left, and 4 bolted ones spread across the face. My personal faves are the corner on the far left and the arete on the far right. Here's a couple of pictures that will give you a good idea. The rope is down over the 2 leftmost bolted lines and there is another bolted line right behind the large tree on the right. The arete line starts to the right of the big tree, tiptoes to the right following a coouple of bolts and then heads straight up on the arete. As I've mentioned before do NOT mess with the flake just left of the arete. If you haven't been there, I certainly recommend it. Hey, they ain't big, but they's fun. [LOL]

The 62-year-old climbing guide sustained moderate brain trauma with multiple facial fractures in the incident. Medical professionals identified numerous brain bleeds. Blanchard’s family says that he’s having trouble communicating and has lost most of his memory.
Jon Sykes will do a presentation of his adventures and whatnot in the Whites on September 11 at 5pm at The Dam Brewhouse in Campton, NH. I've hung with Jon on occasion over the years, and he sure has some stories to tell. This should be a good one.

The Western Massachusetts Climbers’ Coalition (WMCC) and the Ragged Mountain Foundation (RMF), in partnership with the Access Fund, purchased the 14-acre Hanging Mountain parcel in November of 2019. Previously, Hanging Mountain, a small mountainside with ten distinct crags, was privately owned and closed to climbing.

Now, after the construction of an access road and parking area, building a network of approach trails, and developing approximately 70 rock climbs, the WMCC and RMF are ready for climbers, hikers, birdwatchers, and other users to recreate at Hanging Mountain.

I did a review on of John Branch's new-ish book Sidecountry last week. It's a collection of sports-related stories/articles he wrote for the NY Times. Check it out. It's a great read (the book that is). HIGHLY recommended...

Damn folks... We are rapidly going in the WRONG direction. Numbers are going up everywhere, even here in the hinterlands. NH was doing pretty good for quite a while, but now we aren't even in the top 10 of states doing well. Our current positivity rate is 4.8% and we have ~60% of our population fully vaccinated. While that's not too bad, we need more. Unfortunately, only 54% of the total US population is currently fully vaxxed and that simply ain't cutting it. Our local hospital, Memorial, has shifted back to a surge ready status and has reported that they have at least a couple of Covid related deaths! In addition the County nursing home also reported several new positive cases. Not good news at all...

As a professional musician, obviously I work in places where people congregate. It simply goes with the territory. Fortunately, almost all of my work this summer has been outdoors. However, that is going to change as the weather closes in on us. And if the numbers keep rising, things will get shut down regardless. This is not something I want to see. I didn't work at all last winter, and that's quite possible again this winter. And if it's as bad as last year, there is a strong likelihood that things like Ice Fest may be cancelled once again. We need more people vaxxed and masking to be able to keep things open, and I'm not hugely optimistic. Especially when I see the push back against masks and vaccination even going on up here. It's especially disappointing, when I talk to people I know living in Italy and France. The government has imposed strict vaccination requirements that apparently are being accepted. I do wish we would do that in this country. Several months of that would assuredly kick up the vaccination rate and change everything. Heck, if everybody took masking seriously, that would make a yuge difference.

"Researchers find correlation between consistent mask-wearing and improved well-being"

New Hampshire:
5 new death reported
522 new cases reported
3,079 Active cases
140 patients are currently hospitalized
1,436 total deaths

United States:
Confirmed: 40,572,631
Deaths: 654,268

Confirmed: 222,989,119
Deaths: 4,602,538

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.



If you haven't ridden the Outer Limits and Twilight Zone trails on the east side, you owe it to yourself to give them a try. Tho they are in the Intermediate range, they are great fun and well worth the effort. Access is generally from the Hemlock Lane parking area behind Walmart. Coupled with the Swenson/Grout & Cheater trails, they make up some of my fave rides. You can get the info on them from Trailforks here -

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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

Here I was working away and always this mumbling and bitching from below, and finally the shocking ejaculation "This is a lot of shit." From then on I felt I was battling two opponents, the wall and Peterson.
Royal Robbins, Tis-sa-ack
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