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January 16, 2020

Hi Folks,

Not really a lot to say right now. I think that the Instant Ice Report pretty much says it all. It was a really messy couple of days, but things are getting better. And with brutal cold coming in on Saturday and them more of the same on Monday, the ice should reform like gangbusters. Stay tuned... Like everyone in the Valley I'm hoping that we stay cold through the next 2 weeks for the upcoming Ice Fest.

MT WASHINGTON VALLEY ICE FEST - January 31 - February 2:
Yup, it's almost here friends, at the end of the month... For 27 years this event has been eagerly anticipated by ice climbers in the Eastern United States and is considered one of the premier climbing events in the country. It is a celebration of ice climbing and winter mountaineering, and the people that make it a part of their lives. It continues to provide a great opportunity for those attending to network, socialize, try new gear and participate in multiple day courses, one-day technical clinics and privately guided climbs. MWV Ice Fest welcomes climbers from all different backgrounds. Whether you are LGBTQIA+, adaptive, POC, we are striving to be an inclusive festival.

For information & booking your clinic call 603-356-7064

I've been crazy busy with music over the past 2 weeks and coupled with the horrible weather have hardly been able to get out for any climbing. It's been frustrating on some levels, but that's how it goes I guess. I have shows coming up the next several weekends and I've had recording sessions in the studio for folks wanting new tunes for the upcoming WMWV Valley Song Contest, songs due on Feb 14. I was a finalist myself last year, but don't know if I'll have time to get a tune of my own done for this year. [sigh] I have some fun gigs coming up over the next couple of weeks. If you're around, please come by and say hi.

Thursday Jan 16 - The Gravel Project - McGrath's - 9-12:30
Saturday Jan 18 - Bruce Marshall & Shuffle - Top Of The 9th in Fryeburg - 8-11:30
Thursday Jan 30 - Skunk Sessions - McGrath's - 9-12:30
Friday Feb 7 - Skunk Sessions - Brodie's Seaport - Salem MA - 9
Friday/Saturday Feb 14/15 - Bruce Marshall & Shuffle - Red Parka Pub - 9
Friday Jan 28 - Bruce Marshall & Shuffle - Top Of The 9th in Fryeburg - 8-11:30

Rain/Snow/Warm Temps = a Mess! Nothing is packed out. Not to my taste, that's for sure. Stay tuned...

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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

When the slab cut loose, my mind calculated trajectories, analyzed terrain, and fed me its conclusions: no way out, you are going to die. This conclusion seemed to free me to experience the fall. Tumbling, catching air, then the loudest sound I've ever heard - probably the sound of both legs breaking or how to get hit by a Mack truck.
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