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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 2:59p on 06/28/22 - Temperature: 73.4 °F - Wind speed: 3.0 mph - Wind chill: 73.4 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.972 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Steady - Humidity: 18 %
BugCON 4: almost too intense for climbing, DEET required
4 out of a possible 5
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December 9, 2021

Hi Folks,

It's been cold for several days in a row. And on top of that, we've actually had some snow. Both of which contribute to the ice-making machine. It's pretty darn cool to see just how quickly things can form up in a relatively short period of time, given the right conditions. Tho I've gotten heavily into riding the fat tire bike in the winter, seeing the ice coming IN, gets my juices flowing. Hmmm...

ICE FEST 2022:
Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest is on the books for February 4-6, 2022. Stay tuned for website and registration updates, guest guide information, and party details. Plus, with any luck, there WILL be a party this year! If you have questions, call IMCS at (603) 356-7064.

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VERY IMPORTANT - all attendees are required to provide proof of vaccination. No test results will be permitted. So, be sure to bring your card and picture ID, or you won't be able to participate.

FUNDRAISER PLUS A DEAL - 2021/2022:
There have been only 82 donations so far, in contrast to 131 last year! Considering I will be giving away 2 copies of the new ice guide to 2 random folks who have donated $20 or more to this season's NEClimbs fundraiser, it's a bit disappointing. [sigh] I have extended the contest to midnight tonight, Thursday December 9th. I will announce the winners on the 10th on FB and Instagram and email the winners. Each copies will be signed by the guidebook author, by Rick Wilcox (who is on vacation but I'll grab him when he returns) and by myself.

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Once again, PLEASE make a contribution. Any amount is welcome, YES even the $1.08 that someone sent last winter - GO FIGURE! It's easy, just go ON LINE and make your donation via PayPal. You don't even need a PayPal account, you can use almost any credit card. Just click the link below:

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Once again, PLEASE make a contribution. Any amount is welcome, YES even the $1.08 that someone sent last winter - GO FIGURE! It's easy, just go ON LINE and make your donation via PayPal. You don't even need a PayPal account, you can use almost any credit card. Just click the link below:

http://www.neclimbs.com/index.php?PageName=donation_fundraiser

Of course you can also contribute via check or money order if you like. Make it out to NEClimbs and send it here:

NEClimbs
92 Bow Lane
North Conway, NH 03860

The expenses of the running and maintaining NEClimbs.com and putting out The White Mountain Report continue all year. PLEASE REMEMBER, it's your contribution that makes this newsletter and the NEClimbs web site viable.

BTW You can see almost all of the Reports on NEClimbs.com archived from as far back as September of 1999! To get a sense of the popularity of the site, current traffic as of November 3, 2021 on NEClimbs.com is about 2840 UNIQUE visits a day, generating over 1.5 million monthly "HITS". The White Mountain Report newsletter goes out to over 1,210 subscribers weekly!

Thank you once again for your support...
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SOME LOCAL/NATIONAL PANDEMIC THOUGHTS:
Shit is hitting the fan in New Hampshire. We are #1 in the country in per capita cases and hospitals are full. Hospitals are shutting down elective surgeries and sending some patients out of state for care. Instead of putting mask and vaccine mandates in place, the governor is calling in the National Guard and Maine's governor is doing the same. This is NOT good. If you are coming up to go climbing, PLEASE mask-up if you are in close contact with others and just get vaccinated. Here is some information about what's going on up here...

https://www.nhpr.org/coronavirus-updates

New Hampshire:
11 new deaths reported
1,184 new cases reported
9,868 Active cases
462 patients are currently hospitalized

United States:
Confirmed: 49,601,279
Deaths: 793,734

Global:
Confirmed: 268,343,207
Deaths: 5,285,076

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:
I rode the fat tire bike several times this week. One was on the Marshall trails and the other was just around the hood. There are no snowmobiles packing things out yet, but trails were OK where folks had walked. http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20211209/Bike_1.jpg
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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


Climbing for speed records will probably become more popular, a mania which has just begun. Climbers climb not just to see how fast and efficiently they can do it, but far worse, to see how much faster and more efficiently they are than a party which did the same climb a few days before. The climb becomes secondary, no more important than a racetrack. Man is pitted against man.
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