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Offline Sarah

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Visting
« on: October 25, 2004, 07:00:19 am »
Hi,

I'm going to be working in Connecticut for 3-4 months early next year. I'm planning on persuading some friends to join me for some ice climbing in New Hampshire in early January. I've ordered a copy of "An Ice Climber's Guide to Northern New England" but it might take 8 weeks to get to the UK. We're not an amasingly experienced group but have done a bit of ice climbing. I'm looking for any advice on where to go and where to stay. How cold will it be? I assume we should hire a car?

Sarah

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Re: Visting
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2004, 01:38:23 pm »
Conditions in January in NH vary considerably from year to year.  Conditions can be excellent for ice or aweful.  Sometimes there is considerable snow, ofther times none.

In general expect colder temperatures than you are used to in the UK.  The length of day should be about an hour more light than in the UK for that time of year (roughly 9+ hours in NH vs 7.5-8.5 hours in the UK - depending on where).

If you are going for the long gully experience and decide to venture up Mt Washington be prepared for the near arctic conditions and possibility of higher winds than you are used to.  I believe it blows over 100 MPH an average of 10 days in January.  Over 100 people have died on this mountain.  Many articles have been written on this.  You won't have to search to hard to find out more - I leave this as an exercise to the reader.

If you are into shorter, steeper climbs, the winds are much less of a factor, but in general expect to be cold and quite possibly miserable - or as you say this in the UK - "refreshed."

North Conway, New Hampshire is a good base for ice climbing for new climbers as it has the greatest concentration of stores with up to date information once you're in town.  IME in the center of town is a great place to start.

Here are some good links for ice climbers:

Once the season starts these 2 sites are good for very specific local conditions:

http://www.neclimbs.com (this site)
http://www.neice.com

Weather and back country trail conditions:

http://www.mountwashington.org/
http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/index.php
http://www.mountwashington.org/backcountry/index.php

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David
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Re: Visting
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2004, 05:48:25 pm »
D Warriner gave you a good picture of what it can be like and certainly what it was like the last 2 years temp. wise. the flip side of the coin is that it is entirely possible to be 40 degrees F and raining in january. I belive you are familiar with those conditions 8)

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Re: Visting
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2004, 03:40:42 pm »
Sarah: where are you going to be in Connecticut? There is an active climbing group with whom you could travel to the north and/ or from whom you can get all the info you need. There are usually people going north to climb and/or ski every weekend, so sharing rides is also possible. If you e-mail me, I can put you in touch with a number of  people who can help. Jeff Lea

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Re: Visting
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2004, 07:20:59 am »
Excellent points:

RE:  Tradmanz

Yes!  I remember one January (1994?) it was 60 F for 2 whole days and melted every ice climb in NH even up in Huntington.  You can get anything up here.

Also, don't forget the Catskills and Adirondaks in NY - which are closer than NH.  There's some great climbing there and it means less time in the car.

What type/style/grade of climbing are you looking for?

-David
« Last Edit: October 27, 2004, 07:21:44 am by DWarriner »
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