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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 4:29a on 11/21/17 - Temperature: 26.4 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 26.4 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.954 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Steady - Humidity: 69 %
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December 1, 2005

Hi Folks,

Well after 1.7 inches of rain on Wednesday there is no snow left in my yard here in the Valley. Temps were up as high as 54 and hung around the mid-40's until after midnight and as you can well imagine, the Saco is running very high from all the melt off in the upper elevations. Then of course the weather turns absolutely beautiful this morning. By beautiful I mean bluebird skies, but unfortunately not cold.

Funny how we adjust what we think of as "great weather" depending on the season and our location. Up here Spring through Fall we all love those dry clear days, but once winter comes it's "the more snow the better" and those sunny days aren't required! For me I could pretty much care less if it's clear or not, as long as there is ice on the cliffs and snow in the mountains it's a "great day".

This got brought home to me last week when I was talking with someone in Philadelphia about business related things. Running through the normal exchange of pleasantries of course the weather came up. They were having a generally nice day by almost any standard. When I put in my 2 centavos, I too said it was great. He had just looked at the East coast weather report and thought I was nuts. We had snow on the ground, temps were in the mid-20's and here I was chomping at the bit to get our conversation over with so I could go out & play. He just laughed at me. It made me remember talking to friends in upper New York State when I was living in Miami. I was at the beach on Xmas day and they were on the slopes. We both were happy folks. It's all in your personal perspective. Personally I'm happy with mine right now.

Woops, it's 46 & still sunny, gotta go - the road bike calls. <grin>

Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective November 16, 2017
I got up at 5:30, grabbed some cereal, grabbed a coffee at the Frontside and headed up to the Notch to check things out. As I left town it started snowing lightly, getting heavier as I went along. By the time I got past Bartlett it was obvious that getting any really good pictures was going to be doubtful. Pulling into the Dry River Campground where I take pics of the Amphitheater, I could make out the climbs, but they were hard to really see. It was the same at the Standard Route pullout and Dracula. Further up I couldn't even see Willies Slide or anything on Mt Willard! I took pictures anyway, boping I could tweak them, but it wasn't promising. I was able to get pics of Snot Rocket and the trestle cut by pulling into the viewing area. Coming back down past Standard I stopped again and was able to get a little better shot than previously.
Huntington Ravine possible  
Repentance OUT  
Standard Route possible Click to see route picture.
Dracula OUT Click to see route picture.
For the full current conditions report, CLICK HERE

Survival & Survivorman:
If you haven't caught this show on the Science Channel, check it out sometime. In each episode Les Stroud is abandoned in a remote location and he has to survive for a week. He has his trusty multi-tool, no food or water, barely more than the clothes he is wearing and 50 pounds of cameras that he has to use to film the ordeal himself. While not perfect, it is entertaining and informative and pretty much every week I get something out of his experiences. Last week's episode he had a magnesium flint-stick. It was a very nifty item & one I think I'm going to pick up for my pack. Here's the web site.

I really enjoy this show, and so does my 6 year old. And YES, he does carry an emergency satellite phone, but as Les says; "I have discovered as I do random testing that it has only been operational 50% of the time!" And, oh yeah, he's not a bad harmonica player either!



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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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