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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 11:30a on 07/04/22 - Temperature: 73.8 °F - Wind speed: 10.0 mph - Wind chill: 73.8 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.954 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Steady - Humidity: 11 %
BugCON 4: almost too intense for climbing, DEET required
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November 19, 2020

Hi Folks,

I knew I wasn't going to have a car Thursday, so I drove up to the Notch Wednesday to see what was happening up there. Temps were in the upper teens, there were flurries and the wind was howling. It was especially interesting to experience the difference between the conditions in the Valley and the Notch.

It was chilly and breezy in the Valley, but once I got up around Sawyer River Road there was snow on the ground and the wind picked up a lot. There were flurries such that I couldn't see Mt Washington and at times it was difficult to see the climbs at Frankenstein from the road. I drove up to the top of the Notch and had a hard time capturing pics of Mt Willard and unfortunately I couldn't get a good one of Willies Slide at all! I decided to walk the tracks into Frankenstein both to get better pictures and for some exercise.

Altho the wind didn't let up, the flurries stopped and the sun came out as I went across the Trestle. There has been some jerk tagging boulders and other places with graffiti this year. Apparently Frankenstein isn't immune either as I saw some on the trestle itself! [grrr]

Ice is forming in Crawford Notch, but I didn't see anything that looks climbable yet. If temps stay chilly at night and we get some more snow up there I'm sure that will change pretty quickly. For those interested in taking a walk, I'm almost certain Tucks has climbable ice now. Bring your stubbies and tools with old picks tho, cause I'm pretty sure it will be thin.

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It's already November 19th, the week before Thanksgiving! YUGE thanks to all 45 supporters who have donated to the annual fundraiser. I truly appreciate every one of you. I updated the current Donation page on today and thank you all once again for your consideration.

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92 Bow Lane
North Conway, NH 03860

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FLASH Governor Sununu has announced a Mask Mandate for the state if New Hampshire. With numbers rising precipitously this month, it's about time.

There are now, Thursday, 111,542,561 confirmed cases in the US with 250,732 American citizens dead. According to Johns Hopkins there are 1,352,775 reported deaths world-wide from the Corona Virus as of Thursday November 19th. This is beyond sad, it's incredibly tragic. This is NOT the flu!

The numbers everywhere have really jumped up again, even up here. On Wednesday alone, New Hampshire reported 447 new cases of the virus a positivity rate of 2.16%. In the 19 days since the 1st of November we have picked up 20% of the total cases since the pandemic started! This is a major escalation folks. All of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont are now RED and showing SUBSTANTIAL Community Spread and we have now had cases in ALL of our local schools.

In almost every neighborhood you see multiple cars with out of state tags at houses. In my little neighborhood I regularly see houses with 5, 6 or even 7 cars at a time! Unfortunately our local Chamber Of Commerce is still encouraging people to come up here to shop and recreate. I see the parking lots at local restaurants full and there are a lot of people shopping at the outlet stores. It's as if for some people this still really isn't happening. On the news this week I saw an interview with a nurse who works on a Covid ward in a hospital in the Midwest. She said that she has patients who right up to the time that they die, they continue to deny that they have the virus.

Thanksgiving is next Thursday friends. In the past I would have 4-8 friends over for a party and a feast. This year, instead of a big turkey, I will be cooking a small chicken, baking only one small pie and will do dinner via Zoom. I want to be able to get together again next year, and am willing to forgo this year for the promise of the future. I hope you will do the same...

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 done 6 rides so far over the past 7 days, and have one more on tap for Friday. 4 of them were one of my 1 hour go-to local loops, one up Bear Notch Road and back down the Experimental Forest and yesterday was a ride back from dropping my car off at the mechanic on East Conway Road. All except Saturday were chilly, but yesterday was downright COLD! It never got above 26 according to my home weather station, and the wind gusts made it feel MUCH colder. Even with good gloves and a warm jacket, I was cold. It may be time to get out the booties and lobster-claw gloves friends.

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
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North Conway, New Hampshire

You put up with the grind of work or school as long as you can or is required. But then, one day, the phone rings one too many times, or the line at the gas pumps seems unending. The air smells bad. The food foul. 'Enough of this' you cry. You grab your ice tools and are gone.
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