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Santa brought us a great ice season and you should get yourself up here ASAP to enjoy it. It really doesn't get a whole lot better than this! I could stop there, and probably I should. No time this week for a major-league Report. I'm sure you can understand the entire family-holiday-thing… We were in Philly for the actual holiday and didn't get back until Wednesday night. Then there has been all kinds stuff to catch up with. Not the least of which was the remnants of a snowstorm and a cat who was lefty themselves! I'm not really sure which was worse BTW. [grin]
In any event I did manage to run up to Frankenstein to check on the state of the ice for you folks. In case you hadn't heard, it's gone from OK to excellent in 1 week. Pretty much everything, everywhere I looked was good ice. Thursday morning and there were people everywhere! I don't see how more folks could have fit on Cinema Gully this morning and at Frankenstein I spotted simultaneous parties on Dropline, Last Exit and Welcome To The Machine! I suppose that says it all.
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective February 4, 2016
In spite of the rain and warmup, there is still ice to be climbed in the Valley and Notches. Some additional caution is required after an event like this, but with reasonable care you should have stuff to climb this weekend. All of the larger climbs are still there and by mid-day Friday and Saturday should be good to go. Just place plenty of pro, check for bonding and beware of some of the top-outs and all should be good. For the time being I personally would NOT go under Repentance or Remission!
I did take pictures, but haven't had time to process & post them. Check on NEClimbs and our Facebook page tomorrow, Friday.
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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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