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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 11:52a on 02/11/16 - Temperature: 26.0 F - Wind speed: 2.0 mph - Wind chill: 22.5 F - Barometric pressure: 29.067 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Steady - Humidity: 37 %
IceCON 3. Ice generally available in the usual places, many climbs fat.
3 out of a possible 5
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December 18, 2003

Hi Folks,

MORE RAIN? Can you believe it? I almost can't believe it myself. Wednesday's rain event dropped almost 3 1/4 inches of rain here in North Conway. This month alone we've already had well over 6 inches. While not a record, it's pretty darn close. I haven't seen anything like it in the 6 years I've been up here. The south side of West Side Road was closed for several hours this morning due to the Saco flooding, and the north side at the First Bridge near town was even closed for a while.

I was up at Lake Willoughby on Tuesday. We couldn't have picked a better day to climb: no wind, temps just at freezing, and totally bluebird skies. All in all a super day. Amazingly enough we were the only people at the cliff the entire day. We decided to do 20 Below Zero and had to pound through knee and waist deep snow to get up to the climb. Well at least it got us warmed up! <grin> We got a late start so it was running water over Dave on first pitch. He belayed a little to the right, and it turned out to be in a waterfall. I took the second pitch and definitely got rained on as well. Still it was a near-perfect day. Afterward we plowed across to the Tablets. They were in fat and even Crazy Diamond was in good shape! A ride up the road showed that the bottom of the Gentleman and Promenade were thin. Overall there is plenty of ice to be found up there and I would say that this last rain hasn't killed it off all that much.

Here are a couple of pictures from Willoughby:

Mt. Pisgah from the South End
Dave Powers on 20 Below Zero
2nd pitch of 20 Below Zero
Crazy Diamond
Center Tablet
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!
Huntington Ravine UNKNOWN, probably climbable  
Repentance OUT Click to see route picture.
Standard Route still OK Click to see route picture.
Dracula OK Click to see route picture.
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