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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 4:00p on 11/19/17 - Temperature: 44.3 °F - Wind speed: 4.0 mph - Wind chill: 41.5 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.141 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Rapidly - Humidity: 63 %
IceCON 1. Climbs just coming in or only in upper elevations like Ravines.
1 out of a possible 5
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November 5, 2009

Hi Folks,

So at 10AM on Thursday the flurries were coming down here in the Valley. This after a run of gorgeous 50+ degree days. We've had flurries and measurable snow in the upper elevations prior to this, but it's been a while. After the warm rain on Halloween the summit was bare until yesterday and Valley residents were beginning to question when winter was actually going to start. But this looks as if it's going to be interesting, at least up higher. Morning summit conditions were 17 with a -5 wind chill and temps like this should start the freezing process for sure. It won't take too long for that to turn into ice.

Here's a shot of Mt. Washington taken on Wednesday morning, looking more like early winter than we've seen lately:

Mt Washington

The leaves were still on the trees in teh Valley until the rain & wind we had Halloween night. Tho the foliage was certainly past peak, it was still looking pretty. Last Friday I hiked up Cranmore, across the Connector and down a mountain bike trail and there were some leaves on the trails but it wasn't too bad. Another hike up and down Cranmore with my son on Sunday yielded lots more leaves but there were 6 inches of fresh leaves on the trail on Peaked Mountain on Monday. You can really see everything in the woods a lot more clearly now. In fact all the little crags are starting to stand out. On the way down off Peaked we detoured over to the obvious slabs that you can see form town. It is quite surprising just how big they are. Unfortunately they aren't steep enough to consider them actually climbing, at least from what I saw. I was able to easily walk down the steepest areas in my approach shoes. There may be a steeper area way over on the right, but I didn't get over there. Regardless it would definitely be short. Here's a shot from Artist Falls Road:

Peaked Mountain Slabs
On Wednesday morning I was riding on Rt 302 over to Bridgeton and several miles out of Fryeburg, before Moose Pond I noticed a cliff on the left. You can see it just before you get to where 302 crosses the river. It looks like a somewhat interesting cliff and so I Googled it. It's over 1000 feet tall but there are no roads that go right near it and I didn't see a name. The best way to get there might be by canoe. Has anyone ever been there?

crag on Rt302 near Bridgeton

When I was taking the pictures of Mt. Washington on Wednesday from the Scenic Overlook in Intervale I noticed a crag up high in the corner between Humphrey's on the right and The Bluff on the left. It looks somewhat interesting, tho probably a bit of a thrash to get there. Here are two pictures, one overview where you can see its location and another close-up: It's teh crag in teh upper middle.

crag between Humphreys overviewl

I know Brad White went up there one winter and I have to figure that several others have been up there, but I haven't seen it written up anywhere. I gotta figure that there is lots of cool stuff still out there in the woods waiting to be discovered.
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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Instant Ice Report:
I would say that if the temps in the higher elevations stay cold we'll have ice in the ravines and on the Dike pretty soon. I'm hoping to get up into Tucks for a look-see early next week.

Salsa Dance and Benefit Kismet Rock Foundation THIS SATURDAY:
The Caliente! party and dance takes place at Black Mountain Resort in Jackson on November 7. Tickets for are only $35 and are available at

RSVP is required please. For more information visit the website or contact Heidi Lewis ( or call 603-383-9928).

Based in North Conway, NH, Kismet Rock Foundation is a non-profit organization striving to enhance the physical, intellectual and emotional development of well-functioning but economically disadvantaged children by providing access to the immense value of a comprehensive education in technical rock climbing. Kismet Rock Foundation currently offers programs to students from Boston, MA, Manchester, NH, Bartlett, NH and Portland, ME.

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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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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

You could make a guide from the stuff he has done over the years and not reported!(regarding Michael Hartrich)
Dave ?
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