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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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May 24, 2022

Hi Folks,

I've been in a real funk for the past several days following the Texas shooting, so I really don't have a lot to say. I've been doing a lot of aerobic stuff to, as Rick Charity said on FB, "Punish the body to quiet the mind." It's the best I can do, so here's a lot of stuff, but not much commentary. Stay well and tell those you care about that you love them...

A FEW INTERESTING ARTICLES:


Cory Richards Retiring from Climbing:
The Alpinist Movie Wins an Emmy:

CATHEDRAL LEDGE ROAD CLOSURE:
Cathedral Ledge Road will be closed from 5/31-6/2 for paving. I'm not sure where it will start, but be prepared to hoof in through the woods for a few days and DO NOT park in the housing development or, just like in the winter, you may be towed.

PEREGRINE CLIFF CLOSINGS:
I hadn't heard anything yet from Chris Martin about the list of closings for Peregrines this year, so I gave him a call. I participated in about 10 years of banding on the Painted Walls and Cathedral Ledge. The birds are incredible and well worth the relatively minimal time and inconvenience of protecting them. Here's a list of the primary areas that are currently restricted.

Rumney: Main Cliff
Cathedral Ledge: Repentance & Remission
Franconia Notch: The Eaglet Spire
Holt's Ledge: all is closed
Band M: The Steps area
Woodchuck: right side of cliff
Russell Craig: Main cliff
Frankenstein: none
Painted Walls: none
Whitehorse Ledge: none

Here's a few peregrine pictures I took over the years.

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220519/Peregrine_1.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220519/Peregrine_2.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20220519/Peregrine_3.jpg
INSTANT BUG REPORT: 4+
The past several days the bug population and activity has definitely ramped up. Both mosquitoes and blackflies are out there & biting. When riding the bike, every time I stopped within seconds there were all over me. So bug dope is a requirement, especially if you're in the deep woods.

SOME LOCAL/NATIONAL PANDEMIC THOUGHTS:


The numbers in NH are going up gradually. VT and ME are in red status. VY has closed nursing homes to visitors! A friend who I play music with was just exposed and tested positive. He has no symptoms Another musician just came off tour and tested positive. He was quite sick for about 10 days. Both were fully vaccinated and boosted. Both had their doctors indicate that they would haven been much worse off if they were not fully vaccinated!

New Hampshire:
7 New death(s) reported
4,785 Active cases
33 Current hospitalizations for COVID
2,531 Total deaths due to COVID-19

United States:
Confirmed: 83,811,522
Deaths: 1,004,084

Global:
Confirmed: 527,724,512
Deaths: 6,284,292

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've ridden on the West Side all week: Marshall, Electric Loop and one of my little go-to rides that incorporates bits of other west side rides. All these trails are in great shape right now. I plan on hitting Jefferson Notch and possibly Town Hall Road in the next few days. From what I hear both of those are great. The same goes for the east side trails. Do remember that it's best to access the east side trails from Hemlock Lane rather than Thompson Rd. The work on the Rec Path has had some impact on access.

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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