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Iím going to make this short and sweet because my phone is ringing off the hook, my text messages are filling up and my email basket is overflowing. Everyone wants the answer to the question; ďIS THERE ICE?Ē And the answer, after a day of rain, a night of temps in the 40ís and a morning of temps in the upper 40ís (even up in the Notches) is a resounding YES VIRGINIA, THERE IS ICE. And YES THERE WILL BE AN ICE FEST!!!!!
Needless to say, we did take a hit from this crazy weather, but it wasnít nearly as bad as any of us expected. Of course Diagonal fell down, for the 4th time this year, but pretty much all of the larger climbs hung on - so to speak. Golfers, Black Pudding, Dracula, Standard, Dropline all are still there. Even the North End of Cathedral looks like itís reasonable. I wouldnít walk under the middle part of Cathedral Ledge (Repentance or Remission), try to climb the stuff in the Frankenstein Amphitheater or the left face of Willard, but thatís not at all surprising.
All that said, check out the MWV weather report below. Itís going to start cooling down tonight and going to stay that way through the weekend. I was talking to some of my guide friends like Bayard Russell and Marc Chauvin in the Frontside this morning and the consensus is that things will be JUST FINE for the weekend. You just want to take a bit more caution checking out how well things are bonded and be extra careful on the top outs and you should be OK. Of course YMMV, and there are no warranties, either implicit or explicit in this Report. [wry grin]
ICE FEST 2016:
February 5-7, 2016 here in the Mount Washington Valley in North Conway, NH. We are super psyched to have another killer festival for the climbing community...filled with demos, clinics, parties, shows, good food, and more! Check it out and keep up to date at http://www.mwv-icefest.com. You can also Check out the downloadable schedule here:† http://www.mwv-icefest.com/wp-content/uploads/2016_IceFestSchedule.pdf
NOTE - There will be an additional couple of HUNDRED climbers in the Valley and Notches this weekend for the Fest. Please be prepared to share the climbs and be careful.
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective February 4, 2016
In spite of the rain and warmup, there is still ice to be climbed in the Valley and Notches. Some additional caution is required after an event like this, but with reasonable care you should have stuff to climb this weekend. All of the larger climbs are still there and by mid-day Friday and Saturday should be good to go. Just place plenty of pro, check for bonding and beware of some of the top-outs and all should be good. For the time being I personally would NOT go under Repentance or Remission!
There were 2 accidents last week. I donít have time to rehash them here, but you can read about them on NEClimbs.com or on our FaceBook page. One on Hitchcock and the other on Pegasus. Itís worth reading the reports on them if you get a chance.
Before the rain the fat tire riding was fantastic. Itís really soft and wet now so please donít ride until things firm up, hopefully by Saturday. FWIW 2 local riders rode up the Tucks Trail, all the way into the ravine and back down the trail on Tuesday! It is not illegal, so I expect to see this happen again as soon as we get a little more snowpack. In addition a Red Bull athlete rode up the Auto Road on Wednesday to the summit in 1:20! This was a part of a sponsored event that was filmed by a helicopter and not allowed otherwise. Still it was pretty cool. I canít wait to see the pictures.
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:
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