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September 1, 2022

Hi Folks,

HOLY MOLEY - It's September 1st already! Where did the summer go? I'm always looking for interesting things to do and places to go. On Tuesday I had a music gig at the Castle In The Clouds in Moultonboro. I've never been there and was totally blown away. I didn't go to the actual castle, but the patio at the guest house was amazing.

We had a guitar trio and played outside on the patio. The weather was gorgeous and the view of the big lake and the mountain range beyond, including Gunstock, was incredible. It provided a very different perspective on the area for me. I had no idea the range was so wide. As the night fell, the lights across the lake and on the mountains blinked on like tiny Xmas lights. Apparently there are many hiking trails and I think you can have lunch as well. There is jazz every Tuesday, but you need reservations as it's always fully booked. If you get the chance to go there I highly recommend it.

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chan-ges: :
For those of you who don't know, or aren't IN the know, the BOSS, Brad White has finally retired from IMCS. WOO WOO Hard to believe but it's true! Guide and Bartlett native Paul McCoy and his wife Lisa purchased the business from Brad and Rick, and the deal was closed a few days ago. Paul's a great guide and all around good guy and we all wish them the very best. I guess I'll have to call him BOSS now! Stay tuned for the details on Ice Fest 2023. Plans are already in the works and I think it's going to be a good one. Also, all my personal best wishes to my dear friend Brad in his retirement. He and Barb just left for a few days of post-retirement stress free car-camping and I'm sure it won't be the last time. Maybe he'll have time to get out and climb some this fall.

This Saturday, September 10th, I'll be with the Jim McLaughlin Band at Ledge Brewing in Intervale from 6-9. This is a killer jam band that plays all the tunes you know, but you may not recognize them. [HA] This week we will be joined by our burry Moe on guitar who is truly amazing. Don't miss this one folks... It's all in good fun and the beer is great! Come by after you finish climbing. It's where we all met for Ice Fest last year.

As I've said, and the number indicates, here aren't a lot of bugs out there. UNLESS it's right after a rain or right around dusk in low-lying areas. That's when and where the mosquitoes come out. Just sayin'

The American Alpine Club is teaming up with CAMP Technical Adventure Equipment for the biggest gathering of NE climbers: the Rumney Craggin' Classic this September 16-18!

This 3-day grassroots festival features clinics led by professional climbers and local guides on topics ranging from intro to climbing outside, self-rescue, anchor building, and more. Get ready to dance to live music, get inspired, eat delicious local food, sip beverages, snag wicked good deals on gear, and make your corner of the Earth a little better by participating in a crag stewardship project! What makes these events truly exceptional is the community of passionate and friendly folks who show up to celebrate our shared vertical pursuits. So, whether you're new to clipping bolts or have been projecting routes for decades, we want to welcome you to the Rumney Craggin' Classic!
July 29, 2022: Two experts from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center (CRC) say the scientific community needs to urgently reform how public health data and preliminary research findings are communicated during future global crises to avoid mistakes committed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lauren Gardner, co-creator of the global COVID-19 map, and Beth Blauer, the CRC data lead, have spent nearly the entire lifespan of SARS-CoV-2 collecting, mapping, and studying the data detailing its deadly march around the world since 2020.

Their efforts building global, national, and local maps tracking the pandemic positioned them and Johns Hopkins University atop an international public health data ecosystem, which policy makers, journalists, researchers, and citizens around the world have relied on to make decisions about quarantining, masking, testing, and more.

Read Here:

New Hampshire:
0 New death(s) reported over past 5 days - DATA NOT AVAILABLE
1,718 Active cases
87 Current hospitalizations being treated for COVID - up 20 from this time last week
2,662 Total deaths due to COVID-19

United States:
Confirmed: 94,601,123
Deaths: 1,046,659

Confirmed: 603,440,818 (up over 5 MILLION)
Deaths: 6,496,277

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.



Last Thursday I rode up Bear Notch, so I had the road bike thing on my mind. Sunday I had to make a trip to Chatham, so I pulled out the road bike again and took a ride up the south side of Evans Notch. I've done it in all seasons, tho only rarely in the heat of the summer. It was almost 90 degrees on Sunday, so I was glad that most of the ride was in the shade. Only that fairly short bit about 2/3 of the way up near the scenic pulloff on the right is fully exposed. I continued past the summit pullout on to the hiking trailhead about another 3/4 of a mile. Overall it's a pretty moderate ride up and nice to continue a little further. There were only a few cars and motorcycles on the road for the uphill trip, and none on the way down so it was fairly chill. I like to cruise the downhill and usually pretty much let the bike loose on the way down. However near the halfway point I remembered my friend Jim Soroka. He had an accident and died on this downhill and it was as if he was reminding me to be careful. And as it turns out I had also forgotten to tell anyone where I was. [sheesh] When I got home I also realized that there was nothing on my person that would have told anyone who I was or a contact in case of an accident. I have something in my camelback when I ride the mountain bike, but nothing for the rare times I'm on the road. So I went on line and ordered one of the Road-ID bracelets. I had one years ago, but have no idea where it went too. I

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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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