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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 3:30p on 06/25/22 - Temperature: 88.7 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 88.7 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.917 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Slowly - Humidity: 15 %
BugCON 4: almost too intense for climbing, DEET required
4 out of a possible 5
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February 11, 2021

Hi Folks,

It's been continually cold over the past week. I had to go to Portland on Wednesday and it was a "balmy" 0 when I left North Conway at 7:30, dropping to -5 in Fryeburg and by the time I got to Portland at about 9AM it was a toasty 14! I took care of my business, was home by 2 and it was cloudy and 20. Over the past week that was pretty close to the high! And there is more cold on the way tonight & tomorrow along with pretty significant wind chills. SHEESH

Great oped in Rock & Ice by local climber Zac St Jules.

TREAD LIGHTLY February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST Free:
Winter Climbing in the Eastern White Mountains - Join Friends of the Ledges and the Access Fund in a community forum about winter climbing in the White Mountains.As more and more people discover the challenge and allure of cold weather climbing, there is an increasing concern about permanent rock damage caused by dry tooling and mixed climbing.

Here is a link to an extremely well written Mt Washington Avalanche Center report on this tragic incident:

The article is extensive and very well done. I think this final sentence may be the take-away, and it applies to climbing and really any extreme sport:

"If there are lessons to be learned from this accident, they arenít new. Skiing technical lines, in a thin snowpack above a notorious terrain trap, with no partners, even on a Low danger day, raises the stakes tremendously."

I know this is not climbing related, but I just received the news that master jazz pianist/composer Chick Corea passed on the 9th. I was living in Gainesville Florida and first came across his album Now He Sings and Now He Sobs. I was enamored with his compositions and his empathy with his trio of Miroslav Vitous and Roy Haynes. And then I heard the Light As A Feather album with Stanley, Airto, Flora and Joe Farrell in '74. I was totally and completely floored... The band and their playing was amazing of course, but for me it was the songs! I was just starting to get into jazz and of course our band had to learn Spain. It became a staple in our repertoire and one I learned inside and out and I learned the head. When I auditioned at the University of Miami Music School, that was the piece that both got me in and got me a scholarship. Of course there Chick has written many many tunes, but that tune resurfaced in his set list regularly. 2 years ago I did a concert at the Leura Hill Eastman PAC at Fryeburg Academy and I pulled it out and dusted it off. It featured Jeff Loewer: vibes, Craig Bryan Jr: drums, Jed Wilson: piano, Jarrod Taylor: guitar and Mike Sakash: sax. You can hear it here:

I saw Chick play a number of times over the years, the first being at Avery Fisher Hall in NYC in '76. My friend and I thought it would be the same band that was on Light As A Feather, but it was the first iteration of the Return To Forever band with Stanley, Lenny White and Bill Connors, bringing us both a full-on mind altering experience. The last time I saw him was with his trio of Brian Blade and Christian McBride in Hanover, NH in 2016. It was an amazing and inspiring evening of creative music by 3 masters.

Here is the announcement of his passing. RIP maestro... There will never be another one like you.

As always the full set of regular pictures are on Facebook and NEClimbs.

While there is no doubt that things are getting somewhat better, this pandemic is not over by a long shot, and there is another surge expected following the Super Bowl. But the big thing is of course getting shots into arms. Currently 157,404 total doses have been administered to NH citizens. While that sounds like a lot, the population as of 2020 in New Hampshire is 1,366,275. Fortunately the new administration is churning out vaccines and distributing them across the country much faster than before. While of course we need lots more doses, but more compliance with masking, social distancing and sanitizing will really help to knock this thing back. Do your part please, even when you are outdoors...

Thank you...

New Hampshire:
1 new death(s) reported
665 new cases reported
1,116 deaths total
3,142 Active cases
142 patients are currently hospitalized

Confirmed Cases: 27,378,881
Total Deaths: 474,988

Confirmed Cases: 107,662,275
Total Deaths: 2,363,918

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 have only ridden once in the past week. Partly because I've been busy, and partly because the trails aren't in great shape. That may be changing now that the snowmobiles are out and they trails are getting groomed. I rode by Sawyer River Road and saw the groomer had been there this morning so I may hit it up there very soon. Stay tuned...

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
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North Conway, New Hampshire

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