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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 2:30a on 03/22/19 - Temperature: 32.2 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 32.2 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.736 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Rapidly - Humidity: 76 %
IceCON 3. Ice generally available in the usual places, many climbs fat.
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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 March 21, 2019
It's been a wonderful ice season, but Spring is officially here folks. Thus the sun is strong so it's warm during the day, but it's cold at night. And of course that means that climbs in the full sun are crap, but anything in the shade can still be good and maybe even building a bit. Sure, Standard Route is still massive, but the ice isn't all that good IMO. I was up there today and thought the ice above the cave was punky! Climbs in the reflector oven that is the Amphitheater are a mess now and honestly in my mind it's not a smart place to be. We're entering a time when the best climbing will be up high in the Ravine. And of course the longer days make it a great time to be up there. From here on out I'm only going to be posting pictures of things I think are in climbable shape, and that's a dwindling supply.
Huntington Ravine IN mostly  
Repentance OUT Click to see route picture.
Standard Route climbable, but getting punky Click to see route picture.
Dracula IN - bring your snorkle Click to see route picture.
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Al Hospers
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North Conway, New Hampshire


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