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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 1:59p on 06/28/22 - Temperature: 71.7 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 71.7 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.976 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Steady - Humidity: 20 %
BugCON 4: almost too intense for climbing, DEET required
4 out of a possible 5
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January 20, 2022

Hi Folks,

Goodness... Hard to believe but we actually got snow on Monday! YEE HA Here in the Valley we got between 7 & 10 inches and the Notch got closer to a foot. It's cool to be able to finally do a bit of XC skiing right out the back door, and be able to count on having enough liquid in the system for the ice to actually refresh for a change.

I had planned on doing Super Goofer with Matty Bowman this morning, but there were already people ahead of us at 8:15! Go figure... The road is now being plowed down to the kiosk and has a couple of spots winged-out for parking. There is a bit of a snow barrier on the road right there, but I'm sure it will be gone soon and you'll be able to drive right down to the North End. I wish they would just plow the whole thing down to the gate, but I'm grateful we have what we have. It's so much better than it was. I noticed that they aren't doing a great job at the pullout for Black Pudding. A reminder - if you're not fully off the road you may be towed or ticketed. And if it's snowing, off the road or not, you WILL be towed! WORD!

Today is the 87th birthday of my dear friend, mentor, rock & ice climbing partner, master guide climber extraordinaire and all around wonderful human - George Hurley. I can't begin to catalog the things we've done together over the 25 years I've known him: put up routes, climbed rock & ice, trips to the Gunks, eaten dinners, shared wine, drunk numerous cups of coffee and had many many memorable conversations on almost every possible topic. He and his wife Jean are truly special people, on every level.

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. Remember, all attendees are required to provide proof of vaccination. So, be sure to bring your card and picture ID, or you won't be able to participate.

The positivity rate in New Hampshire is 22%. There are currently 183 confirmed cases of COVID in the Conways alone!

NH hospitalizations: Breakdown of patient vaccination statuses

Unvaccinated: 45.4%
Vaccinations fully up to date: 22.0%
Vaccinations partially up to date: 19.0%
Unknown: 13.7%

New Hampshire:
14 New deaths reported
3,190 New cases reported
20,026 Active cases
411 Current hospitalizations for COVID
2,123 Total deaths due to COVID-19

The deaths reported are residents from: Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire (4), Hillsborough (4), Merrimack (5), Rockingham (6), and Strafford (3) counties.

United States:
Confirmed: 69,062,304
Deaths: 859,503

Confirmed: 339,690,871
Deaths: 5,570,909

From the Johns Hopkins Blog on December 6, 2021 In an essay recently published in The Hill newspaper, Chris Beyrer (Johns Hopkins) and Larry Corey (University of Washington) detail a 1905 Supreme Court decision that demonstrates the constitutionality of vaccine mandates imposed by governments.

"As the Supreme Court made clear in a 1905 decision, the liberty we enjoy in this country does not give us the right to act to the detriment of others in all circumstances, Beyrer and Corey wrote. "One of those circumstances is when personal decisions threaten the health and well-being of others. COVID-19, like smallpox, is colorless, invisible, and even more contagious. Talking, eating, singing, and shouting are major modes of transmission; one cannot identify who is infected, and one cannot discern who to avoid.

"What is needed for control, they added, "is essentially universal vaccination and masking, and even then, the results will not likely provide complete eradication. But our society and economy will be able to fully recover.

In addition, they wrote: "Vaccine mandates are fully in-line with our best science, and our best hope to control the delta and subsequent variants. It is time to recognize our mutual obligations to protect our children, our elderly, and our neighbors from disease and accept the emphasis that our government places on this obligation.

For the full essay, visit The Hill.

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.



The snow made a bit of a mess of the trails. The Marshall was groomed yesterday, bit it's not firmed up yet. I'd give it a day. The east side trails aren't groomed or packed at all, but after the weekend tourist infusion I'm sure they will be. Stay tuned...

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

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