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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 11:00p on 03/22/18 - Temperature: 34.3 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 34.3 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.753 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 44 %
IceCON 2. Some trade routes are climbable, even in lower elevations.
2 out of a possible 5
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April 28, 2011

Hi Folks,

This is getting whacky folks… Those weather folken say poor, and then it's beautiful. then they say so-so, and it's terrible. I'm at a loss to predict anything. I think that the best thing to do is just take it as it comes right now. At least we aren't getting the completely off-the wall weather in the midwest and south. The last thing I want to see is a funnel cloud heading my way!

I am a bit bummed that I didn't get out climbing at all this week. On the 2 nice days, I actually had to work on both. That's right, I'm not retired, and frankly I wouldn't know retired if it came up and bit me on the butt! [wry grin] That said I was able to get out for about an hour and half on the bike in between various tasks on both Monday and Wednesday, both of which were warm and pretty. Monday I rode around town and then up Cathedral Ledge Road. There was just a little snow on the upper part of that road and I had no problem riding it. On Wednesday I rode over to the Scenic Vista and then we decided to ride up Hurricane Mountain Road as far as we could. As it turned out we went all the way to the top and there was no snow on the road to speak of. We came across a female runner heading down the Chatham side and she said that that was clear as well. Go figure… Next on the list is to check out Bear Notch. However only a week ago Passaconaway Road was full of snow, so I have my doubts.

People keep telling me how good the skiing is in Tucks and other places on the Mountain. Apparently, as of a couple of days ago, Pinnacle and Central were fat. I'll bet that will be the case for a bit longer and then it will fall apart very quickly. At least that's my guess.

Frankly I think that the best thing to do now is grab the sunny dry days whenever you can. Sure I'd like it to be dry and balmy all the time, but it's my thought that we're not going to get to that state for a bit longer. I have a couple of new projects on my tick-list that I'm hoping to get to sooner rather than later. But I guess patience really is a virtue. At least I'm not gigging on Saturday and the weather looks as if it may be OK, so I may be able to slip in a couple of hours on some (hopefully) dry rock.
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective March 22, 2018
In spite of the crazy swings in the weather this month, including a 70+ degree day or two, there is still some lower elevation ice to be climbed. Not all that much mind you, but there is some. Needless to say you should be careful of the undermining and delaminating that certainly is taking place and be sure to check out at what's above you. But climbs that aren't in direct sun all day or that are huge, like Dracula and Standard Route, still have some life in them. As far as the Ravines, there are options up there as well. That said, I'm not counting on more than another week or so out of this season, at least down here. That's especially true if the prognosticators are right about temps being in the upper 40's+ for much of next week!
Huntington Ravine options  
Repentance OUT  
Standard Route OK Click to see route picture.
Dracula OK Click to see route picture.
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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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