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September 24, 2021

Hi Folks,

There's been a lot of chatter about the forthcoming ice season, so I thought it might be fun to head up to Crawford Notch and take a few pictures. Of course it was worth it just to make sure the camera is in good shape for the upcoming season.

Tho it rained all day yesterday and it's been raining off and on today as well, I brought the bike along in case it cleared off enough to ride from Arethusa up to the top of the Notch. unfortunately that wasn't in the cards at all. There were off and on squalls coming through the whole time I was up there, some pretty torrential in fact! I had also thought about walking down the tracks to get close ups, but when I got to Frankenstein it was pouring. [sigh]

We're a long ways from ice actually forming, but as always it's fun to see the rock that's under all that winter ice. Actually it was actually kind of difficult to get clear pictures of the climbs because of all the leaves on the trees. Here's the best of the bunch...

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20210923/FrankensteinAmphitheater.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20210923/StandardRoute.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20210923/Dracula.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20210923/FrankensteinRight.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20210923/Cinema.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20210923/FlumeCascade.jpg

I got out climbing again on Tuesday with the Boss, Brad White, for just a little spurt climbing at a little private cliff in Fryeburg. There's a short video on Facebook and Instagram if you're on Social Media. No big deal, but it was fun to get out on what was a pretty day.
SOME LOCAL/NATIONAL PANDEMIC THOUGHTS:
State epidemiologists Dr. Benjamin Chan and Dr. Elizabeth Talbot spoke to NHPR's Morning Edition team in a lengthy interview. Here are the main takeaways.

Dr. Chan says of the 600 or so individuals who have been hospitalized with COVID-19 since January, 35 of those people were fully vaccinated. The state does not receive detailed data on the vaccination status from individuals who are hospitalized, but they do receive aggregate data.

Dr. Talbot says as more data becomes available on COVID vaccines, it shows that they are both safe and the most effective way to prevent transmission and serious illness from the virus.

Dr. Chan says public health officials don’t have the authority to require face coverings in schools. But they will continue to strongly recommend students and staff wear masks.

Dr. Talbot says the state is much better prepared and more equipped to handle a potential winter surge this year.

Dr. Talbot says she thinks we’ll see approval for the Pfizer vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old very soon.

https://www.nhpr.org/nh-news/2021-09-22/chan-talbot-nh-covid

New Hampshire: 3 new deaths reported
304 new cases reported
4,000 Active cases
142 patients are currently hospitalized
1,452 total deaths

United States:
Confirmed: 42,622,969
Deaths: 682,468

Global:
Confirmed: 230,422,803
Deaths: 4,724,238

The Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracking map:

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/us-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.

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/covid-19-daily-video

OUR ONLY WAY OUT IS IF YOU GET VACCINATED, WHERE RECOMMENDED PLEASE STILL WEAR A MASK, WASH YOUR HANDS!

REMEMBER - WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

VALLEY CYCLING:
The Swift River side of the Albany Town Forest is flat and easy, but it's wicked fun. And if you need more, with a little climbing, check out the Up Both Ways loop right across the street from the little parking area on the Kanc.
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20210923/AlbanyTownForest.jpg

Mobile Version Of NEClimbs:
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:

http://www.neclimbs.com/mobile

Check it out and if you have issues on your specific phone, please feel free to let me know.

NEClimbs & White Mountain Report On Facebook:
Join us and LIKE us on Facebook. I'll try and post some interesting pix every Thursday and the latest Ice Report in the season, tho certainly not the whole Report. Here's where you can check it out:

http://www.facebook.com/NEClimbs/

Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


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