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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 2:29p on 06/28/22 - Temperature: 74.0 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 74.0 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.967 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Steady - Humidity: 18 %
BugCON 4: almost too intense for climbing, DEET required
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February 24, 2022

Hi Folks,

So here we are after yet another series of weather events, and there is yet another one on the way. [YIKES] I really wish I wasn't commenting on the weather every single week, but that's kind of how things are right now. It's UP, then it's DOWN, and now it's UP yet again. Or at least it's UP for the most part. Stick around and we shall see where the season leads us.

I got a message from Fred Wilkinson about some cool stuff that's been getting done this year on a somewhat obscure cliff off the Kanc. The cliff is about 1/4 mile from the Albany Covered Bridge, on the opposite side of the road. The cliff has never had a name, tho Fred has been appropriately calling it Hemlock Grove. The best known climb on the craig is Winterlude, a really nice 3+ that as far as I know comes in every year. Plus there are many other smaller flows at varying grades all along the right side of the cliff band that are well worth doing. There has also been some rock climbing development there over the years and you can spot bolts are here and there. After a visit with Brad in March of 2016 I went back and rope-soloed (4 stubbies) a line in the middle of the cliff. I never named or talked about it because I was sure someone had led it previously. But, who knows? Regardless, the most recent bold lead is on a flow that's significantly thinner! There is a line of bolts left of the ice that were mostly covered when I did it, and since then someone has added a 2 bolt anchor about 3/4 of the way up the face. Go figure... It was recently led by one of Freddie's crew, as well as several other even thinner lines. There are many options pretty much everywhere I looked and this is a place that's worth visiting if you haven't been there before. That said, who knows if it's still IN at this point.

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220224/HemlockGrove_1.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220224/HemlockGrove_2.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220224/HemlockGrove_3.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220224/HemlockGrove_4.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220224/HemlockGrove_5.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220224/HemlockGrove_6.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220224/HemlockGrove_7.jpg

And yes, yet another great morning...
WILLOUGHBY HEADS UP:
For those of you who climb at the Lake, here is a comment from Alden Pellett. Alden lived in the immediate area and knows what's up with the DOT. It bears a striking resemblance to what I've been saying about Black Pudding and Shoestring - HMMM...

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220210/willoughby_parking.jpg

SOME LOCAL/NATIONAL PANDEMIC THOUGHTS:
Dr. Benjamin Chan, the state epidemiologist, announced today that New Hampshire is no longer recommending face mask use indoors, with some exceptions. This comes as New Hampshire sees a notable drop in new cases and hospitalizations fell below 100.

"At this point in the pandemic, we are no longer recommending universal face masks for people in indoor public locations, unless a person is required to wear a face mask for their specific situation," Chan said.

New Hampshire:
2 New deaths reported
929 New cases reported
2,063 Active cases
195 Current hospitalizations for COVID
2,370 Total deaths due to COVID-19

United States:
Confirmed: 78,793,718
Deaths: 944,755

Global:
Confirmed: 430,996,426
Deaths: 5,927,023

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 trails at the Marshall and elsewhere were fantastic a week ago, but then the s$%t hit the fan. But the trails have been groomed again and are in fairly decent conditions. As long as it's cold at night, morning riding should be good to go.

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220224/Bike_1.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220224/Bike_2.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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