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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 10:59p on 07/04/22 - Temperature: 58.8 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 58.8 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.974 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 45 %
BugCON 4: almost too intense for climbing, DEET required
4 out of a possible 5
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June 27, 2019

Hi Folks,

Exercise has become a way of life for me over the past 20 years. I am almost as passionate about climbing and riding my bike as I am about playing music. And I'm VERY passionate about that. For the past 5 years I was also addicted to going to the gym. It helped me keep up my muscle mass and keep my weight under control. It's pretty common that as we age, men and women alike, we start to loose muscle. As we become subtly weaker we start to loose tone and one thing leads to another. The next thing we know our posture degenerates and we allow the little aches and pains to start to shut off various activities. It can be gradual process that we hardly even notice happening.

Going to the gym is one way to help keep that from happening, at least for me. Over the time my son was in high school I built it into my daily routine. Eat breakfast, drop him at school and go to the gym for an hour. It was an easy combination. Now that he's out of the house, it requires a more direct commitment, however it's well worth the effort. Working on strengthening my core has made a big difference in both my climbing and cycling. I've also had some difficulties with a torn rotator cuff over the past several years and my PT person set me up with a series of exercises that have kept me away from the knife. And on top of that, 20 minutes daily on the stair-master or elliptical machine upped my endurance for cycling.

Lately I've also gotten into yoga. Having the proverbial bad-back, I've always done stretches, but exploring a more structured program has recently been paying some very strong dividends in flexibility and balance. It works well with the gym workouts and my other outdoor activities. I started at 5 days a week, but have found that for me 2 or 3 works just as well. Now no doubt this stuff requires an investment in time and money. When I started going to the gym here in the Valley it was basically $50/month. For someone living on what is more or less a fixed income, that's real money. When I got divorced a year ago, sadly it was one of the things I had to cut out. I kept up my other activities and did some stretches and weights at home, but I admit that I was pretty unmotivated. There is something about going to the gym every day and seeing the same crew there day after day. So when I changed my health insurance plan this year, I looked for a plan with a gym component as a part of their preventative care program. As it turned out, I was able to go to the local gym for nothing! I'm in the process of carefully building back up to the level I was at when I quit last year, but I'm confident that will come soon. I can see the progress and feel much better.

As I've said many times, you either use it or you loose it. I truly believe that getting on a regular exercise program will help you preserve your body and skills for a longer period of time. Give it some consideration...
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The riding has been good in general, with well maintained trails all over the Valley. There are only problems in the places where there are always issues, speaking specifically about mud. But that's just the way mountain biking IS, so suck it up. With the general dampness in the woods, there are a few bridges that can be a bit problematic (a.k.a. slippery), like the long one on the Electric Loop. But other than that it's all good IMO.

Mosquitoes, ticks and blackflies... Nothing more to say. Other than DEET I suppose!

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

Naked male sport climbers? No! I want naked male trad hogs! Pushing 50 or over, very hairy chest and back, front tooth missing (no dental insurance), wrinkled yellow toenail fungus, sunburnt dome with long gray ponytail (sparse curls will do), fingers the size of Polish sausages, torn-off nipples due to offwidth damage... Now there's a man, an image to behold, every climber chick's dream. And when he says: 'Hey, honey, wanna do the DNB?' you just melt into a heap of adoring lard.
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