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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 10:30p on 01/18/19 - Temperature: 29.2 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 29.2 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.974 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 53 %
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November 26, 2009

Hi Folks,

Things are crazed right with Turkey Day and Black Friday. Couple that with 2 gigs this week and I am over the top. So - basically this is a very short Report that is going out this morning rather than on Thanksgiving day when I want to be laying around scarfing turkey and watching football. [wry grin] I hope that you all take a minute or so to reflect on what we all have to be thankful for and have a great little holiday.

So in one longish paragraph, here is what's gone on this week...

The weather has been pretty doggone nice, as long as you aren't looking for ice season. If you like rock you have been very happy. A doctor from Elliott Hospital died in an accident in Tucks on Saturday. He was reported missing on Saturday afternoon/evening and not found until Sunday morning where he was discovered below the main headwall. No one saw it and so it is unknown what happened. There was a fairly substantial rockfall just left of the Ethereal Buttress on Whitehorse on Sunday. If you look up near the top of the 3rd pitch on Children's Crusade you can see the initial impact and a lot of large loose rock. It just might be a good idea to avoid that area for a while, I know I will. Careful when you're stacking wood this time of year. There are TONS of spiders in the woodpile & when they bite you it can be more than just annoying! I know... Passaconaway Road is closed for bridge repair and will remain closed for the season. There is NO sign on the Conway side to indicate this!!!!
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.
For the full current conditions report, CLICK HERE

In House Jam Band at Ryle's Jazz Club:
I almost never get down Boston way these days, but for a change I'm actually getting down to play some music. Try & come out if you can. One of the guitarists, Randy Roos, is pretty well known in the area. He teaches at Berklee and plays with well known band Club d'Elf. Check out our web site for info about the band and some great sound clips.

http://www.InHouseTheBand.com

show at 9 PM
212 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA
617-876-9330

This is a wild & crazy jam band that just KILLS. Trust me...

Instant Ice Report:
No snow on Mt. Washington and very little ice anywhere. There are reports of some ice "left of Left" in Tucks, however it's anyones guess if it has hung in over this past week. We know it's gonna happen, the question is when. If you check out the weather prediction below it looks as if it's not quite yet...

Mobile Version Of NEClimbs:
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:

http://www.neclimbs.com/mobile

Check it out and if you have issues on your specific phone, please feel free to let me know.

NEClimbs & White Mountain Report On Facebook:
Join us and LIKE us on Facebook. I'll try and post some interesting pix every Thursday and the latest Ice Report in the season, tho certainly not the whole Report. Here's where you can check it out:

http://www.facebook.com/NEClimbs/

Have fun and climb safe,


Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


This is a group of people I used to go walking with. (long pause) That's me on the left. (even longer pause) On the right is the woman I married, Audrey. (very long pause, speaker looks at shoes) Which just goes to show that danger lurks where you least expect it.
Don Whillans commenting on a B&W slide showing a group of smiling hikers
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