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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 10:00a on 07/04/22 - Temperature: 70.8 °F - Wind speed: 1.0 mph - Wind chill: 70.8 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.944 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Slowly - Humidity: 13 %
BugCON 4: almost too intense for climbing, DEET required
4 out of a possible 5
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November 5, 2020

Hi Folks,

I know everyone is all excited about the upcoming and inevitability of the 2021 ice season. But ya all know that winter will be here soon enough, plus up here in the hinterlands it lasts a LONG time. So frankly I've personally been hoping we get a blast of Indian Summer, and apparently my wish has been granted. We're headed into a gloriously extended stretch of weather that just screams rock climbing!

Yes, yes, yes... I know that folks have been up in Tucks, the Dike has been climbed multiple times and even Parasol Gully up in Dixville has been done already. [go figure]

But for me, being able to climb in warm rock on a sunny and crisp mid-November day has that certain "allure". And yes Matty, I promise will get my ice gear together this week. I've just been putting it off, but I'll make sure it's all ready to go. In the meantime tho, I'm going to grab what I can, while I can. And I think you should too!

Bear Notch and Hurricane Mountain Roads are now both officially closed for the season and I bet Evans Notch is closed too. I haven't heard about Passaconaway, but I would suspect it's still open.

I know I said that last week's gig with guitar master Denny Breau would be my last of the season, but I lied! Actually I got a call last night from Denny last night saying that we have one more outdoors gig at Lenny's in Westford Maine on Saturday from 4-7. If you haven't seen Denny, you should. We will be joined by Craig Bryan, a great drummer who plays in my bands. Lenny's has no cover charge, great food and an excellent staff.

2020/2021 FUNDRAISER:
Folks - It's November 5th, and it's time for the White Mountain ICE Report. I've been writing the Report for 22 years, since 1998 and I hope you find it useful. And if you do, I'd appreciate a small donation to support what I do. As always, absolutely any amount is welcome, and you can easily go ON LINE and make your donation via PayPal. And you don't really even need a PayPal account, you can use almost any credit card. Just click the link below:

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92 Bow Lane
North Conway, NH 03860

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Thank you once again for your support...
The numbers are climbing friends. There are now 9,887,514 confirmed cases in the US, 231,034 of your fellow American citizens are dead with 1,221,781 reported deaths world-wide from the Novel Corona Virus as of Thursday November 5th! yesterday New Hampshire alone had had 252 new cases of the virus reported on Wednesday and 2 new deaths and our positivity rate is 1.8%, again up from last week.

Two new outbreaks at long-term care facilities were reported. Health Commissioner Lori Shibinette said eight residents and seven staff members at St. Ann's Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Dover have tested positive for COVID-19. Eight residents and three staff members at Woodlawn Care Center in Newport have also tested positive. In addition there was also an outbreak at Mt. Prospect Academy, a residential youth treatment center in Plymouth where nine residents and 11 staff members have tested positive!

I know folks are thinking about climbing in Vermont this winter, like at Smuggs or Lake Willoughby. I urge you to look at this site to see what the restrictions are at this time.

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've been riding a bit this past week, mostly close to home. I did a ride in the woods on Monday and the wind was gusting as high as 40 mph and really howling. There was a fair amount of blowdown everywhere and it really probably wasn't the best idea to be out and about at that time. Today a friend took me on the new connector that goes from Cranmore all the way over to the water tower on Hurricane Mt Road. It's a 2 way trail, almost a road, with about 500' of climbing. This is a very nice addition to the area. Afterwards we did a short explore off the Cranmore access road and then came back via the Whittaker Woods power line trail. It was a fun loop and is highly recommended.

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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:

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

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