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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
4 out of a possible 5
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March 24, 2022

Hi Folks,

I know I've been saying that pretty much everything is OUT at this point. And I still stand by that observation, even tho I snuck in one last ice climb yesterday with Brad! It was a gorgeous day and I had heard that Parasol Gully was still happening, so I just had to give it a try. Not to mention that I hadn't been able to get Brad out all winter, so this was the last opportunity.

We got off to a late start, not leaving IMCS until 11am! Since I knew we wouldn't be at the pullout until 12:30 or so, and at the base of the route till almost 1, I figured if anyone was up there we would be in the second line. Turned out there was no one there other than us, so all was good. The climbing was great, just damp and somewhat soft, but not pouring water in spite of it being in the mid 40's! Go figure... Parasol is almost always the last ice climb to hang in at the end of the season, usually even later than Dracula! I'm glad we grabbed it while we could. I've never seen the parasol look quite like this one. I would have called it a great white shark's mouth. I wish it had been open in the back so I could crawl through. Now THAT would gave really been neat. Regardless, even tho it was a long drive, it was fun afternoon.

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220324/Parasol_1.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220324/Parasol_2.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220324/Parasol_3.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220324/Parasol_4.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220324/Parasol_5.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220324/Parasol_6.jpg

While taking the pics on Wednesday I was looking at Upper Hitchcock and noticed some motion on the rock face just to its right. Looking with the binoculars I would see crows/ravens going in and out of a hole. It looks as if they have a nest in there. Strange that as many times as I've stood right under it, I've never seen them.

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220324/Crow_nest.jpg

Maybe it's a new one...check it out.
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220324/goofers.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220324/Unicorn.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220324/CathedralLedge.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220324/Frankenstein_Amphitheater.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220324/standardRoute.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220324/dracula.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220324/willies.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220324/MtWillard.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220324/cinema.jpg

SOME LOCAL/NATIONAL PANDEMIC THOUGHTS:
Dunno about you, but if there is another booster - I'm IN. I know some folks who have had breakthrough cases and it's NNO JOKE. I still wear my mask in the grocery store, or anywhere there are a lot of people. Coronavirus hospitalizations are down to 20, which is the lowest number of COVID patients in New Hampshire since July. The highest number of current hospitalizations was 335 back on Jan. 2, 2021. State health officials announced one additional COVID death on March 23 a woman, 60 or older, from Belknap County. There are 140 new cases for Tuesday, and 986 current infections.
New Hampshire:
6 New deaths reported
89 New hospitalizations
811 Active cases
27 Current hospitalizations for COVID
2,442 Total deaths due to COVID-19

United States:
Confirmed: 79,878,771
Deaths: 975,650

Global:
Confirmed: 476,683,132
Deaths: 6,108,053

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:
Rode up Town hall Road to Mountain Pond a few daze ago. It was a gorgeous day, tho there was some blowing snow coming off Mt Washington. There were patches of bare ground here & there, but mostly well packed snow/ice until I got to the pond parking lot. I wanted to ride further or up to East Branch, but both roads were too soft at that time. With this rain & warmer temps we are asking folks not to ride the trails in the woods until things dry out or, unlikely, refreeze. Thanks...

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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