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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 8:06a on 12/18/14 - Temperature: 27.7 F - Wind speed: 2.0 mph - Wind chill: 22.0 F - Barometric pressure: 29.117 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Rapidly - Humidity: 64 %
IceCON 2. Some trade routes are climbable, even in lower elevations.
2 out of a possible 5
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December 9, 2004

Hi Folks,

Sometimes as I am driving by myself up to the Notch when the road is dry and there is nobody out, it's as if I am on cruise control. I think about the climb I'm going to do, the tune that's blasting on the iPod or the computer project that I'm currently working on. I don't "wake up" until I get to the Davis Path parking lot at the Texaco area. Right about there I snap out of it. Needless to say this definitely does NOT happen when I'm climbing!

Even tho climbing is almost second-nature to me now, when I'm out there I am just so totally focused on the job at hand. Every crimper, jug, axe placement and kick-step are vividly in the forefront of my brain's activity. There is no music running and thoughts about work intruding. It's just me and IT. As I soloed the first pitch of Standard this morning I was totally in the zone. Brad White and a client were on the right side so I took a steep line in the center, just right of a big hole that was running water. The ice was candled but thick enough to take full swings and great kicks, making me feel totally solid. It was a wonderful feeling to stand there in the middle of a 20' curtain of vertical ice and know that this was where I wanted and needed to be right at this moment in my life. There aren't a whole lot of things that can make you feel that alive.

Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective December 15, 2014
While the Valley ice is taking its sweet time, other places are starting to fill out nicely. Unless we have another rain/warmup event, my bet is for some fairly reasonable ice for Xmas. That would be a nice holiday gift, don't you think? ;-)
Huntington Ravine possible - beware any danger  
Repentance OUT  
Standard Route reforming Click to see route picture.
Dracula building  
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Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


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