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December 29, 2022

Hi Folks,

HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS... Here's to a great 2023 with more ice and fewer storms. Stay safe, stay well and PLEASE BE NICE...

We've had 3 weeks where it's rained and gotten warm. And just when you think we're headed back to ICE, it resets again. This week gave is a FULL RESET, so I have little to nothing to say about the state of the ice. For all practical purposes there isn't any to climb. And what little there is left standing/hanging is very dangerous.

Just before it all went to crap I got out for my annual ice climb with a friend from NY/CT. With time concerns we decided to head to the North End rather than drive into the Notch. I led Thresher and we dropped a rope on the pillar just to its left. I'm glad I didn't try to lead it cause it was very candled and fragile. It was good fun tho. Walked back along the cliff to check out various climbs but I would NOT suggest doing that now! I've seen big ice falling down over the past several days. So just stay tuned.

Special THANKS go out to the 93 donors to NEClimbs & the 2023 White Mountain Report Fundraiser. Believe me when I say that I appreciate every single donation, no matter how small. The donation list should be current now.

Thank you once again for your support...

I will be playing at Ledge Brewing on Saturday Jan 7 with the Jim McLaughlin Band. Swing by if you're feeling it... The music will be hot and beers cold! This is the place where we all meet up and get outfitted for Ice Fest.
ICE FEST 2023:
This is the 30 year anniversary of Ice Fest and it's going to be a good one! The official date is February 3-5, 2023. Stay tuned for website and registration updates, guest guide information, and party details. If you have any questions, you can call IMCS directly at (603) 356-7064.

Here's something cool - IMCS guide Mark Vanover and I will be co-leading a clinic on Friday titled "Just For Seniors 55+". Since Mark and I are still out here doing our best to get at it, I gotta figure that we have something that we could impart to those of us still wanting to climb as we get older. I for one am looking forward to it. That said, you could jump in if you're only 50! [LOL]

The official date is February 3-5, 2023. Stay tuned for website and registration updates, guest guide information, and party details. If you have any questions, you can call IMCS directly at (603) 356-7064.

You do NOT want to get sick right now.

New Hampshire:
1 new deaths reported so far this week
1,873 active cases
26 Current hospitalizations being treated for COVID
2,851 Total deaths due to COVID-19

United States:
Confirmed: 100,502,320
Deaths: 1,090,779

Confirmed: 658,716,980
Deaths: 6,683,069


Strangely enough I haven't been riding a lot this past week. I had some plans for Sawyer River Road and Bear Notch, but they just didn't pan out. That said, I have the studded tires on the fat bike now and plan to get out after New Years. It's a RESOLUTION. [wry grin]

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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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