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November 2, 2022

Hi Folks,

Is it ice season yet daddy? Well kiddos...we're not there yet! Is that fortunate or unfortunate? I will posit that, in spite of the dusting on the summits, it's all in the eye of the outdoor enthusiast/beholder. And of course if you live here in our little Valley, you should be prepared for whatever the weather gods decide to throw at you.

As always it's pretty interesting to "thumb" through the archives to see what it's been like on the same day over the past 20+ years. A quick perusal seems to indicate that in general it's rare for any ice to be happening yet, other than in some isolated places. Yes I know, the Dike has been climbed on Halloween, but that's pretty rare. Usually things start to happen mostly around Thanksgiving. And considering what's in place right now, 50's and upper 60's, I'd say keep those rock shoes out! There were a couple of years in the late 90's when I was able to climb Pinnacle on my birthday, Nov 3rd. But that's not been the case for a while, for whatever reasons...

Here's a link to the NEClimbs.com archives so you can check it out for yourself if you have a few minutes. For some reason I haven't posted the Reports prior to 2003, tho I started writing in 97/98.

http://www.neclimbs.com/index.php?PageName=archives

REVIEW - THE SANCTITY OF SPACE::
If you haven't had an opportunity to see this one, definitely check it out. Freddie & company have done a fantastic job on this one. It's not your typical climbing movie. It blends in a documentary of Bradford Washburn, the people story behind the 3 climbers and the tale of the climb itself. There is lots of very cool historical footage that is really amazing. I'm not sure what the release plan is for Sanctity, but if it's in your area or streaming, be sure to catch it. RECOMMENDED!

PS - on top of that Outside Magazine posted what is basically a followup story to Scanctity about a team of pro skiers finding Washburn's cache of gear, including cameras and film, they left behind 85 years ago!
https://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/exploration-survival/bradford-washburn-explorer-cache-found-saint-elias/

SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION:
I'll playing duo at the Majestic Theater Cafe in Conway Village on November 11th with master guitarist Randy Roos. Randy is a nationally acclaimed player who has performed with Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, Club d'Elf band and numerous other artists. He also teaches at Berklee. Don't miss this show. The last time we did this it was sold out, so make reservations...
INSTANT BUG REPORT: 0
No there aren't any mosquitoes or black flys now. BUT there are still TICKS. I keep seeing reports of folks finding them on their pets and on themselves. So if you're out wandering around, especially in bushes and high grass, be sure to check yourself. You do NOT want to find one embedded somewhere on your body!!!!!

SOME LOCAL/NATIONAL PANDEMIC THOUGHTS:
It's still there...

New Hampshire:
1 new deaths reported over the weekend
373 New cases UP A LOT!
40 Current hospitalizations being treated for COVID
2,761 Total deaths due to COVID-19 (6 new deaths over weekend)

United States:
Confirmed: 97,611,400
Deaths: 1,071,578 - UP 2,000

Global:
Confirmed: 631,450,818
Deaths: 6,595,273

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/us-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.

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/covid-19-daily-video

OUR ONLY WAY OUT IS IF YOU GET VACCINATED, WHERE RECOMMENDED PLEASE STILL WEAR A MASK, WASH YOUR HANDS!

VALLEY CYCLING:
I gotta say that the mountain bike trails are in very good shape now. I've been out a couple of times this week and the riding has been excellent. There are a few blowdowns here & there, like on Tent Boulder, but overall it's not bad. My buddy Phil has been riding the downhill stuff in the Hurricane Zone and he says it's held up very well. I'll take as much of this as I can right now.

Mobile Version Of NEClimbs:
Up on one of the Mount Washington Valley's finest crags and want to know what that climb you're looking at is? Or maybe you're on your way up from Boston and want to check out the Ice Report for your upcoming weekend plans. Or more likely, you're at work just want to daydream about your next adventure. Well if you have a smart phone handy, you can get to NEClimbs from anywhere you have cell service. While it doesn't offer every single feature of the site and it's not an "app", in mobile form, it does do a whole lot and is very useful. Here is the live link to the mobile version of NEClimbs:

http://www.neclimbs.com/mobile

Check it out and if you have issues on your specific phone, please feel free to let me know.

NEClimbs & White Mountain Report On Facebook:
Join us and LIKE us on Facebook. I'll try and post interesting pix every Thursday and the latest Ice Report in the season, tho certainly not the whole Report. Here's where you can check it out:

http://www.facebook.com/NEClimbs/

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

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


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