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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 12:29p on 11/21/17 - Temperature: 42.1 °F - Wind speed: 1.0 mph - Wind chill: 42.1 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.840 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Rapidly - Humidity: 47 %
IceCON 1. Climbs just coming in or only in upper elevations like Ravines.
1 out of a possible 5
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October 29, 2010

Hi Folks,

NEClimbs FORUM UPDATE... NEClimbs FORUM UPDATE... We're back up and running as of Wednesday night! As you may know the NEClimbs forum has not been available since late last Sunday night. The problem took place when I made an attempt to upgrade the forum to the latest version of the software. As always, I made a backup of the database prior to the upgrade. For reasons I do not understand there was a problem with the upgrade process. At around 2 AM it became apparent that something was wrong and I aborted the procedure. I immediately tried to restore the backup, but there was a server issue and it didn't go through. By 2 AM I was hammered, so I sent a HELP email to my ISP and crashed.

First thing in the morning I contacted the ISP directly and they assured me that they would be able to restore the site from a snapshot of 12 hours previously. Unfortunately that was not to be the case and I've spent the past 2 1/2 days trying to resolve this issue. This whole thing is making me crazed now. I feel really pretty bad about the problems, but I still have faith that we will manage to recover the history in it. if not I'll install another copy, but obviously it won't be the same.

On top of that the weather has been horrible. Only 1 day this week has been good enough to get outside and do anything really fun and I had to work that day! Go figure... I'm going to get through the work, software problems and the weather soon enough. I know there is light at the end of this tunnel and crisp blue skies ahead. And based on the MWO weather report, there may be some "measurable snowfall" in our immediate future! Stay tuned...

Oh yeah - Happy Halloween!

2010/2011 NEClimbs Fundraiser Starts:
It's hard to ask for money when I'm having problems with the web site's community forum right now, but I really have no choice as I don't want to drag this out. The expenses of the site continue and the White Mountain Report goes on and hopefully you will find it useful enough to make a contribution.

I still don't feel that the minimal requested $20 annual donation is out of line. Heck, it's probably less than half of most people's Cable bill so it shouldn't really make much of a dent. If you can please take a minute to support NEClimbs and The White Mountain Report. You can do it via check or money order for $20 OR make your contribution ON LINE via PayPal. It's easy & painless and you can use pretty much any credit card. Simply click the link below and make a contribution.

I don't feel that the minimal requested $20 annual donation is a lot for most folks. Heck, it's probably half of your Ca ble bill! So please take a minute to support NEClimbs and The White Mountain Report. You can do it via check or money order for $20 OR make your contribution ON LINE via PayPal. It's easy & painless and you can use pretty much any credit card. Simply click the link below and make a contribution.

You DON"T need a PayPal account to use PayPal. But if you don't want to use your plastic, and some don't, you can always make out a check or money order to NEClimbs and send it here:

92 Bow Lane
North Conway, NH 03860

The 2010/2011 Donation List will be up soon containing the names of all of those who have contributed as a part of this year's fundraiser. REMEMBER, it's your contribution that makes this newsletter and the NEClimbs web site possible.

Thank you ever so much for your support...
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

Instant Ice Report:
There was ice up in the mountains over the weekend, but in typical fall fashion the warm temps and rain have brought it down. It rained all day Wednesday on the summit and it looks as if it's going to be another mild one on Thursday, but cold is on the way. The plus side of all of this is that there is lots of moisture in the system and once we get some consistent cold, we'll have ice. I predict a banner season...

Austrails: An Antarctic Ski Odyssey:
Join pro-skier Chris Davenport & master filmmaker Jim Surette at the New England premier of their new ski movie Sunday Nov 21 at 8 PM. Doors open at 7:30. $10, under 18 FREE! This is a benefit for the Kismet Rock Foundation. Meet Chris at the signing of his new book "50 Classic Ski Descents of North America" at White Birch Books from 3-5 PM prior to the show.

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:

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:

Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

From Everest Base Camp, you can walk four hours and you're lounging on grass, drinking beer with trekkers. K2 stands absolutely on its own. The approach is hard. The base camp feels like the moon. The mountain itself looks utterly impregnable, and there's no easy way up the thing. And all this hits you between the eyes when you see it for the first time. It's like that famous Munch painting. You know the one—The Scream? Except, of course, you're the one doing the screaming.
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