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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 10:30a on 07/04/22 - Temperature: 71.5 °F - Wind speed: 2.0 mph - Wind chill: 71.5 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.949 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Slowly - Humidity: 13 %
BugCON 4: almost too intense for climbing, DEET required
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October 29, 2020

Hi Folks,

Brad and I had a plan to try to grab some rock on Wednesday before the season is fully shut down. We checked out the weather predictions and talked Tuesday night, agreeing to touch base on Wednesday morning with the hope of heading up to Mt Forist mid-day but unfortunately the weather did not cooperate.

Honestly, the way the weather has been, I'm not at all sure if I'm going to get in another day of rock this season. [sigh] I'm hoping for at least one blast of Indian Summer, but who knows. Several friends are already eyeing the temps on Mt Washington and thinking about the Dike. as always, you gotta wonder who will be first.

I drove up through Crawford Notch this afternoon to ride Mt Clinton and Jefferson Notch Roads and took a few pictures. Needless to say there is no ice, but I did notice that there is snow up high on Mt Willey. None that I could see on the Webster side tho!

I played what is almost assuredly my last music gig for the season over at Lenny's in Westford with guitarist/singer Denny Breau. The brother of legendary guitarist Lenny Breau, Denny is an amazing player & singer in his own rite. If you haven't seen him play, make sure you put him on your list when the music scene starts up again, whenever that is. He is a true Maine treasure!

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I finally got around to writing a review of Todd Swain's great new guidebook "An Ice Climber's Guide To Southern New Hampshire and Eastern New York". The book is available at all the regular places, including IME here in the Valley. You can read my review here:
8,683,298 confirmed cases in the US, 225,073 American citizens are dead with 1,171,255 reported deaths world-wide from the Novel Corona Virus as of Thursday October 29th! Over the past 7 days New Hampshire has had 724 new cases of the virus (up ~200), 9 new deaths and our positivity rate is 1.69%, up from last week.

Tho not as bad as most states, we are in an upward trend, driven by community spread in bars and restaurants. In addition the governor has shut down hockey for 2 weeks due to significant numbers of cases traced to that activity. Interestingly enough the NH counties above and below Carroll - the one that includes the Valley - are trending upward at a higher rate than we are. That's obviously a good thing that we are lower, but it is likely just a matter of time before we are in the same situation. Fortunately I see a majority of folks wearing masks here, so that is a good thing. Let's just hope we remain in this pattern.

Like the doctors, I am most concerned about what is going to happen during the winter when more people are inside. I am not planning on traveling over the holidays. I don't feel that is safe for me and my family, so I'm imagining a better holiday season next year.

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.



I had a couple of nice rides this week. One was with my buddy Phil at Rob Brook, off the Kanc side of Bear Notch Road. What we do out there these days is mostly logging roads and snowmobile trails. There is some old single track, but it's mostly overgrown. We got in almost 13 miles and over 1,000' of climbing in a little under 2 hours. You can get up pretty near Owls and Green's cliffs.

I was in desperate need of some activity so today I drove through the Notch after I took pictures and rode Mt Clinton Road. I was planning on also doing Jefferson Notch, but just as I got to where the actual climbing started, it started to spit rain/snow so I turned around. I did get damp on the way back, but it still was a good 9.2 mile ride with 668' of climbing. Although the gate on Jefferson Notch is not closed, there is a sign posted. If we get the 4" or so that is predicted for Friday, it's likely it will be gated, as will be many of the other notch roads. It's just a matter of time folks.

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

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