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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 %
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March 10, 2022

Hi Folks,

So here we are only 1/3 of the way through March, and it feels and looks a lot like April! At 9am the Mordor was basking in the morning sun and hanging tough. Just before 1pm I was bringing in some wood from the crib in the yard and heard something big crash down! I am very glad I was nowhere near it!

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220310/Mordor.jpg

Pix of Standard Route this morning:

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220310/Standard_1.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220310/Standard_2.jpg

I've mentioned this before, but it's worth reiterating... Everywhere you wander around right now there is ice. It's the road from the kiosk to the gate at Cathedral, on the bike and hiking trails, at the top and base of the climbs and honestly almost everywhere. I rode the fat tire bike over to climb Thresher on Wednesday. I couldn't have ridden down the road without studded tires and I put on my crampons right after I got off the bike, and was glad I did. Here's some pix of Thresher, the walk-off trail and the top of the North End pillars area.

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220310/Thresher_1.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220310/Thresher_2.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220310/Thresher_3.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220310/Thresher_4.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220310/Thresher_5.jpg

And for those thinking longingly about rock and considering Whitehorse, here's a couple of pics:

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220310/Whitehorse_1.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220310/Whitehorse_2.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220310/Whitehorse_3.jpg

RUSSIAN AND UKRAINIAN CLIMBERS SPEAK OUT:
As you all know, Russia has invaded Ukraine. Many Russian citizens have protested, at great personal risk. The Russian climbing website Mountain.RU posted an open letter, which hundreds of people had signed by March 2.

http://www.alpinist.com/doc/web22w/newswire-russian-ukrainian-climbers-speak-against-invasion

PETZL RECALLS LANYARDS WITH CARABINERS:
The carabiner’s gate automatic closing system can malfunction, posing a risk of serious injury or death to the user.

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2022/Petzl-Recalls-Lanyards-with-Carabiners-Due-to-Risk-of-Serious-Injury-or-Death
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220310/CathedralLedge.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220310/Repentance_Remission.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220310/Unicorn.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220310/FrankensteinAmphitheater.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220310/Frankenstein_right.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220310/MtWillard.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220310/LHMW.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220310/MtWillard_UpperTier.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220310/Shoestring.jpg

SOME LOCAL/NATIONAL PANDEMIC THOUGHTS:
Is the COVID pandemic going to become endemic, and when? Some thoughts from a recent CDC briefing -

Vaccinations in the United States remain stagnant, said William Moss, the CRC vaccinology lead and executive director of the International Vaccine Access Center. Slightly more than 215 million people in the United States have been fully vaccinated, just below 66% of the total population.

“We’re not seeing a sustained increase in vaccinations,” Moss said Friday. “Even with booster doses -- fewer than half of adults in the United States have received boosters.”

Many viewers of the CDC Friday Live Briefing asked the experts when the pandemic will become an endemic, or regularly recurring, virus like a seasonal influenza.

“We know that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is not going to disappear, that we are going to continue to encounter it in our lives,” Nuzzo said. “That’s why it’s important to get vaccinated. It’s not yet endemic. We’re still at very high levels of case numbers even though they’re falling.”

The scientific community does not yet know what an endemic level of infections for COVID-19 looks like, she added.

“We don’t know if it will fall on a seasonal pattern, although there is increasing belief that it will,” she said. “But we don’t know what that season will look like and when it will start and when it will end. We’re not there. But we are having a conversation given that this virus is not going away.

New Hampshire:
6 New deaths reported
126 New cases reported
1,007 Active cases
47 Current hospitalizations for COVID
2,408 Total deaths due to COVID-19

United States:
Confirmed: 79,406,602
Deaths: 963,819

Global:
Confirmed: 451,810,002
Deaths: 6,023,941

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 Marshall trails are still in reasonable shape, tho they have gotten icy. Like getting around while climbing, being out there without studded tires would be like trying to walk around without micro spikes or crampons! DEADLY... In fact I often wear microspikes when riding on the lakes or icy trails. And on Wednesday I forgot the micro spikes so I wore my crampons on the way out! LOL I'm happy that I'm riding flat pedals.

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220310/Bike_1.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220310/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.

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

Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


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