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Yet another snow event yesterday and last night brings the Valley total to around 30" in the past 10 daze! WOO WOO... There was another 2 hour delay for the schools as well. Let me tell you, this is getting old. It was clear in the Valley at 9:30, but still snowing like crazy when got up to the Notch at around 10AM.
From the state of the road, you could tell that the DOT was having trouble keeping up. None of the lots were plowed yet, except for the one at the top of Crawford Notch, Sawyer River Road and the one by Ripley Falls. The lower lot at Frankenstein wasn't plowed, but I feel certain it will be soon.
Not too many pictures from the Notch today. It was snowing such that many of the places I get weren't even visible. I normally climb the snowbank at the Dry River Campground, but it's not 8'+ and almost impossible to climb up on. I couldn't even see any of Mt Willard from the road.
I was reading an article in the Conway Sun the other day that reinforced what I had seen on the regional weather a week ago. Apparently in North Conway the average temperature was 26 degrees in January. This is 7.9 degrees higher than the 30 year average of 18.1! I'm not sure what we're at for February, but it really hasn't felt that cold to me.
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective February 16, 2017
At this point almost everything is IN and in pretty decent shape and I'm raising the ICECon level to a 4. The thing now is simply getting around. With all this snow you might not want to be the person breaking trail. [wry grin] Tramping out to the more obscure spots will definitely require snowshoes and a heads of for avalanche danger.
With close to 30" of snow in the past 10 days the riding has really taken a crash. Things should firm up as the snowmobiles come out this weekend and the temps moderate. Stay tuned...
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The hype pretended that M7, or 8, or 12 for that matter, had never before been climbed un thil the current practitioners rap bolted some overhanging choss heap, rehersed it, climbed it, did photo shoots on it, and treated it as commerce.