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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 1:29p on 06/28/22 - Temperature: 70.8 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 70.8 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.985 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 24 %
BugCON 4: almost too intense for climbing, DEET required
4 out of a possible 5
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June 3, 2022

Hi Folks,

I had plans to climb 2 separate days this week, but either the weather or partner didn't cooperate. [AARRGGH] What a bummer... At least I got in good rides Friday, Saturday and Monday. I'm wasn't feeling great last night or today, and that makes for a somewhat bummed Al. When I can't climb, ride or work out I have a hard time. Plus any time I don't feel good, I worry about Covid!

I had a gig at the Sandy Martin Gallery in Wolfeboro Sunday afternoon with my friend Carolyn Ramsay and 2 other folks. Not a full band, but fun. I went down early so I could stop in for brunch with George and Jean Hurley. I wish we'd been able to go climbing, but the timing didn't work. Plus I try not to climb and play music on the same day!

The Hurley's look good and as always it was great to see them. I have to get down there again in the next week or two. He told me that the Longstack Crag has apparently been sold to a private owner. If this is true, it's a real bummer. He indicated that the Access Fund had tried to make a deal, but it couldn't happen. Longstack is a great place, with some great views of the Lake from the top. Most likely it will be developed. [sigh]

I'm starting to scavenge wood for the next winter. My buddy Shawn, who took down the huge tree in my back yard last spring, dropped off some hardwood logs. It's going to take some work to cut and split them, but it's going to be OK. I did it over the past 2 years and it's worth the effort.

I have a deer that's been coming into my yard regularly over the past week or two. It's eating stuff from my garden and some of my lilies and hosta! I like deer, but this is getting darn annoying. I'm going to have to do something about this. Coyote pee or the like...

Cathedral Ledge Road has been paved over the past couple of daze. It's looking a lot better and this afternoon they were dealing with the shoulders. I spoke with the crew this afternoon and they said that they should be all finished today or first thing Friday morning.

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
Bugs BAD! Nothing else to say...

With COVID still circulating, the slightest cold or allergy cough or sniffle, and I get all worried. The numbers here in New England are going up once again, so I'm taking precautions again. My biking buddy just tested positive a couple of days ago, and I don't feel great. I tested negative this morning and will test again tomorrow. What else can I do?

New Hampshire:
7 New death(s) reported
3,658 Active cases
84 Current hospitalizations for COVID
2,542 Total deaths due to COVID-19

United States:
Confirmed: 84,510,540
Deaths: 1,007,894

Confirmed: 531,390,202
Deaths: 6,297,683

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.



I got in a ride up Jefferson Notch Road on Friday and another up Cathedral Ledge Road on Saturday. I bought a season downhill pass for Cranmore and got over there on Monday. The regular downhill trails are fun, but the cool thing is that from the top of the bike park lift, you can traverse left all the way over to connect to Kettle Ridge and then come down Tornado. This is a very cool thing to do and a super addition to the local riding. If you're into that kind of thing, check it out.

I am seriously considering picking up a full face helmet and some armor tho. This stuff is cool, but pretty tricky!

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

Climbing for speed records will probably become more popular, a mania which has just begun. Climbers climb not just to see how fast and efficiently they can do it, but far worse, to see how much faster and more efficiently they are than a party which did the same climb a few days before. The climb becomes secondary, no more important than a racetrack. Man is pitted against man.
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