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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 4:30p on 11/19/17 - Temperature: 42.5 °F - Wind speed: 8.0 mph - Wind chill: 37.6 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.171 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Rapidly - Humidity: 58 %
IceCON 1. Climbs just coming in or only in upper elevations like Ravines.
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March 16, 2006

Hi Folks,

I rode up in the Notch on Wednesday morning to get a head start on pictures, but it was pretty much full-on conditions so I couldn't even see the climbs from the road. Traffic was slowed to a crawl from about Texaco all the way to the Highland Center. Even the down-staters in their SUV's with the skis on top were going slow. It was quite something. What was even more impressive was the contrast between the almost total lack of snow here in the Valley, and just how much snow there was up in Bretton Woods and over into Vermont. Well somebody had to be getting it, 'cause we sure weren't.

Even from the tracks there was no way to take a meaningful picture so I had to get up there again this morning. Although it was windy and there was some blowing snow this AM, I was able to see almost everything & get the pics that I needed. Amazingly enough a lot of the ice hung in through 24 hours of rain, equaling about 1 inch, and 2 very warm days - one almost reaching 60! Many of the climbs are doing OK and I would be surprised if we didn't hang in there until close to the end of the month.

Old Man Winter has certainly thrown us some real change-ups this season. In spite of that I think that it's been generally OK. I've managed to get in most, if not all of the climbs that I wanted to do this year. We have even had one thaw that saw the fully formed pillars on Pegasus fall completely down! I never thought that it would have come back as well as it has. I don't know if this is due to global warming or what, but things have certainly been changing over the past several years. If nothing else the jet stream has shifted to the south, giving areas that could care less about the snowfall accumulation, massive dumps. I'm sure that the area ski resorts are happy that snowmaking technology has risen to the occasion. Hmmm... Is there something like that that we could to to help the ice climbing conditions? Any environmental engineers out there?
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.
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My dance/funk band SoundsClever is playing at the Wildcat Tavern on this Friday night from 8:30 to 12. This is a great alternative to the normal St. Patrick's Day Irish music that you will find pretty much everywhere else in the Valley. Hey, you can dance to it! There is no cover charge, the food is great, the drinks ample and I think that you will definitely like the music.

Hope to see you there...

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Al Hospers
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North Conway, New Hampshire

Personally, I would rather climb in the high mountains. I have always abhorred the tremendous heat, the dirt-filled cracks, the ant-covered foul-smelling trees and bushes which cover the cliffs, the filth and noise of Camp 4 (the climbers' campground), and worst of all, the multitudes of tourists which abound during the weekends and summer months.
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