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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 8:30p on 12/11/18 - Temperature: 11.1 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 11.1 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.906 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Steady - Humidity: 81 %
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December 6, 2018

Hi Folks,

Well, weather-wise it's been an eventful week. But after all, it's still early December and not even officially winter yet, so what can we realistically expect? With lower-elevation ice actually available to be climbed, I'm actually feeling pretty good about the season so far. Plus, even tho we had a veritable deluge a couple of days ago, it's going to be quite cold over there weekend so things should build somewhat quickly.

That said, you really do need to be careful out there right now. With all the rain and 2 days of unseasonably warm temps, what's left of the ice can be thin and very delaminated. I would really scrutinize whatever route you are considering, bring your stubbies and protect early and often.

I climbed the middle of Standard up to the cave this morning. It was 30 degrees at Frankenstein at 11, and even warmer back at the car at 12:30! Even tho it was that warm, the water wasn't running as much as I expected. Go figure... Still the ice was plastic and thick enough as long as I stayed in the middle. If you're a Facebook subscriber I posted a little video up there that describes things. Otherwise here's a few pictures:

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20181206/StandardRoute_0.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20181206/StandardRoute_1.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20181206/StandardRoute_2.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20181206/StandardRoute_3.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20181206/StandardRoute_4.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20181206/StandardRoute_5.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20181206/StandardRoute_6.jpg

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Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective December 6, 2018
While there is ice to be climbed, it's still not really in great shape. Lots of stuff is delaminated and the top outs on many climbs look dicey. Definitely bring your old picks and protect early and often. Remember, it's still Fall!!!
Huntington Ravine SNOW  
Repentance OUT Click to see route picture.
Standard Route not too bad Click to see route picture.
Dracula OK, beware topout Click to see route picture.
For the full current conditions report, CLICK HERE

Of course there is ice to be had and here are some pictures taken today:

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20181206/WillardUpperTier.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20181206/Unicorn.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20181206/SnotRocket.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20181206/Shoestring.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20181206/Repentance_Remission.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20181206/Pilgrimage.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20181206/MtWillard.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20181206/LHMonkeyWrench.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20181206/Frankenstein.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20181206/elephantHead-right.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20181206/Diagonal.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20181206/CathedralLedge.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20181206/AngelCakes.jpg

ICE FEST 2019:
Mark your calendars & book your clinics folks! IT'S THE 26TH YEAR of the 2019 Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest: February 1st-3rd, 2019.

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20181122/IceFest_2019.jpg

VALLEY CYCLING:
While the regular trails aren't packed out yet, there are places to ride. Since the snow has packed down places like Whittaker Woods, Sawyer River Road, the Peaked hiking trail all are fairly reasonable. You might need studded tires tho, as in many places there is ice underneath the fluffy snow.

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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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Check it out and if you have issues on your specific phone, please feel free to let me know.

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Have fun and climb safe,


Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


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