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October 14, 2021

Hi Folks,

Yes, I'm getting this one out early today... This time 'cause I have a big (for me) concert this evening at the newly renovated Majestic Theater in Conway Village and there is lots to do beforehand. It's kind of like packing up all your gear before heading out on that big alpine climb. Once you're there, you can't go back for whatever you have forgotten. [wry grin]

So it's been a particularly nice week, weather wise. Moderate temps and sunny days that are good for almost anything outdoors. Including stacking the last of the fire wood, picking up the kindling, covering the stacks, painting the garage doors, sanding the tops of the deck railings so I can repaint them and in general taking care of all the tasks that need to be done before winter comes in. Tho it feels like Indian Summer, technically there has to be a hard frost before the warmup and we haven't had one yet. I'm not complaining mind you, since I'm still getting lettuce, basil and green beans from the garden. But I know that's going to happen soon. And I know all you ice aficionados are all a-twitter for that early season Tucks ice. Just wait, it will come... In the meantime enjoy Rocktober! [LOL]

I had a very nice morning climbing with Bob Clark last Friday. It was a gorgeous day and the temperature was warmer than expected. We did the 2 new routes right of Beginners that I've done several times this summer. I led the first pitch of the one on the right, and he did the other 3 pitches. They were all in great shape and it was a blast. There were people up on the upper section of Standard, Cormier-Magness and as we were on p2 of the left climb, some military guys rapped down from something up high on our right. I'm not sure what they had done. All in all it was a great time.

I was watching Jeopardy last night and was surprised when this clue popped up. What a hoot, since the original quarry is in Redstone where I ride my MTB a lot.

Had a nice coffee & chat with climber & guidebook author Todd Swain last week when he was in town. He's doing deep research on a new history of ice climbing in New England. He's talked to many of the elder statesmen that I don't think have ever talked to anyone and has unearthed some great info. I'll be excited to read this one when it comes out. Stay tuned...
Inexplicably the NH Executive Council voted not to accept $27 million in federal funding that would have created 13 state health department positions for immunization work. The positions included vaccine outreach, assistance for health care providers navigating the logistics of vaccines and support for data entry on the state’s immunization information system. Health officials had described the contracts, and the money tied to them, as key to boosting the state's vaccination efforts. Councilor Cinde Warmington, a Democrat, was the only councilor to vote in favor of the funding. All four Republicans on the council voted against the money.

In a statement issued after the vote, Sununu said the "vote showed a reckless disregard for the lives we are losing while they turn away the tools our state needs to fight and win this battle against COVID.” Speaking to reporters later in the day, Sununu said he pushed fellow-Republican councilors to support the contracts as hard as he could, but described the party-line vote against the money as driven by disinformation. "At the end of the day, there was no rational, logical reason to say 'no' to these contracts," Sununu said. "Every argument that the council attempted to bring up was shot down immediately.”

While all this was going on, cases continued to rise in NH. Coos County has become a hot spot, with Berlin and Gorham cases rising enough to trigger the Gorham Town Manager to issue a Code Red message, and a similar message going out in Berlin. New Hampshire is the least vaccinated state in New England, and northern NH the least overall! The hospitals in the area are overburdened with COVID patients and having to transport some patients to other facilities. With winter looming, this is not a good scenario.
The US death toll has gone up another 10,000 over the past week, reaching over 719 thousand!

New Hampshire:
2 new deaths reported
510 new cases reported
4,218 Active cases
140 patients are currently hospitalized
1,5011 total deaths

United States:
Confirmed: 44,685,145
Deaths: 719,551

Confirmed: 239,297,575
Deaths: 4,876,802

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.



The Cranmore bike park has closed down for the season. I got over there earlier in the week and the trails were in good shape. For me it was worth the $ as something different to do.

The normal MTB trails are in good shape as well. However, I hear that Charlie Don't Surf in the Hurricane Zone has gotten pretty beat up. Still, overall the riding up here is pretty great right now.

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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

Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are naught without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end.
Edward Whymper, 1865, the first ascent of the Matterhorn
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