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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 8:30p on 01/17/19 - Temperature: 8.2 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 8.2 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.258 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 45 %
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May 29, 2008

Hi Folks,

In case you haven't heard there has been a forest fire over at Rumney. It was on the news Wednesday evening and again this morning. The fire was located above the Main Cliff and on the left side of Orange Crush. Fire officials have said the fire was started by someone on Wednesday and they don't know if it was accidental! "It's still burning deep into the ground because a lot of the rock top has a lot of debris and dust in it, so it's making the mop-up a little bit of concern," said forest ranger Bryan Nowell. According to reports as of the middle of the day today (Thursday) the area is officially closed.

Here are some links to stories and pictures -

WMUR Channel 9

WMUR Channel 9 slideshow

The Union Leader newspaper

Mountain Project web site

In spite of the record snowfall this winter and slow melt, the ground everywhere is very dry and the wind is exacerbating the situation. Although we did have a little rain last Monday afternoon, it had virtually no impact on the amount of water "in the system" and there has been little or no seepage on the cliffs. I was out on the mountain bike on Wednesday afternoon and the trails are dusty with places that are usually pretty muddy this time of year bone dry. When I tilled my garden this morning getting ready for some planting I noticed that the soil was totally dry, as much as 8-10 inches down.

Several years ago there was a forest fire up in the North Moats behind Whitehorse Ledge. It filled the Valley with smoke and was actually quite difficult to put out. For those of us living on the West side of town it was pretty scary. Another one probably a year earlier was up in the Green Hills and was also difficult to put out. And these weren't in a place like Rumney where the cliffs make access even more treacherous!

If you are out in the woods or camping, even in a campground, please be careful with cigarettes and any kind of open flame. Besides being dry the breeze will very quickly fan any open flame and scatter sparks everywhere. Although I want a good climbing weekend as much as anyone, right now I would prefer some rain.
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective January 17, 2019
I raised the IceCON rating to a 5 today. It's unusual to get a 5 rating this early in the season, but this one has certainly been special. All the climbs in the Amphitheater are IN, as is pretty much everything else at Frankenstein. It's really pretty impressive just how much ice there is out there right now, in spite of how sunny it is. Just goes to show what snow and cold will do for things. That said, we have a VERY BIG round of snow coming in on Saturday evening through early Monday. Predictions are for 2 feet, but if we even get half that it's a big deal. If you're planning on climbing on Sunday just be aware of what that much snow means and please drive safe on the way home.
Huntington Ravine options, but beware snow  
Repentance IN - P2 start tricky Click to see route picture.
Standard Route IN - top pitch is much better Click to see route picture.
Dracula IN Click to see route picture.
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Whitehorse Route Query:
If anyone has any information about who put up the variation of Sea Of Holes on Whitehorse called "The 5.7 Flake" please let me know. This information is not in either the Webster or Handren guide books. Someone was asking about the historical aspect of this climb & I thought I would inquire among you folks. Thanks...

BUG REPORT:
The blackflies are starting to feast now. Between them and the mosquitoes and ticks, being outside on a calm day without DEET or some kind of bug dope is, shall we say, problematic at best.

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Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


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