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January 27, 2022

Hi Folks,

I don't have that much to talk about this week, but here's a synopsis: The weather has been VERY cold at times and then back up to moderate (but unfortunately not warm enough for things overall to refresh), we've had a few rounds of snow but not all that much (tho that will almost surely change on Saturday), the ice is IN in most places at last, I guided on Monday for the first time in 2 years (thnX COVID) and it was really fun, the music business has been picking up on several levels lately (yee ha) and my large band just picked up 2 concerts for July, for the past 2 months I've been taking a friend over to Sanford Maine for his radiation treatments and tomorrow is his last one (blessings). The main thing is that overall, in spite of the craziness, life is doing OK for me and I hope you all are OK too.

ICE FEST 2022:
Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest is on the books for February 4-6, 2022. Stay tuned for website and registration updates, guest guide information, and party details. Plus, with any luck, there WILL be a party this year! If you have questions, call IMCS at (603) 356-7064. Remember, all attendees are required to provide proof of vaccination. So, be sure to bring your card and picture ID, or you won't be able to participate.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved New Hampshire's request to extend deployment of 30 paramedics as part of the state's response to COVID-19, Gov. Chris Sununu says. The deployment is extended another two weeks, from Feb. 2 to Feb. 16. According to the governor, the paramedics are assigned based on current hospital staffing.

FROM NHPR - Bills to broaden an individual’s power to opt out of vaccines, and to limit any entity that receives public funding from requiring COVID vaccines, were before the New Hampshire House Labor Committee Thursday. The most sweeping bill would direct private employers, colleges, and teaching hospitals to accept requests from workers or students to opt-out of COVID-19 vaccine mandates. It would also bar employers from requiring any medical treatment that only has FDA approval in cases of “emergency of experimental use.”
New Hampshire:
20 New deaths
2,274 New cases
14,542 Active cases
387 Current hospitalizations for COVID
2,193 Total deaths due to COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, New Hampshire has recorded 270,063 positive cases of coronavirus, and 2,193 related deaths. The deaths announced Thursday are residents of Belknap (1), Carroll (2), Coos, Grafton, Hillsborough (8), Merrimack (2), Rockingham (4), and Sullivan counties.

United States:
Confirmed: 73,373,545
Deaths: 878,220

Confirmed: 365,260,134
Deaths: 5,634,664

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 Marshall trails were groomed on Tuesday and riding well. Other well traveled places like the Albany Town Forest and some of the trails on the East side have been OK. I had a tour of some XC ski trails near the old Darby Field Inn that were excellent. All this will change of course on Saturday. If we get anything like the amount of snow that's predicted, all bets are off for a while.

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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

Climbing for speed records will probably become more popular, a mania which has just begun. Climbers climb not just to see how fast and efficiently they can do it, but far worse, to see how much faster and more efficiently they are than a party which did the same climb a few days before. The climb becomes secondary, no more important than a racetrack. Man is pitted against man.
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