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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 6:29p on 02/24/18 - Temperature: 36.2 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 36.2 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.094 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Rapidly - Humidity: 52 %
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August 11, 2011

Hi Folks,

Outside of the economy, the crazed mechanizations of the stock market and the roots in England, the big story of the week was an amazing fall off the Prow by local climber Hans Bauer. To say he's a lucky man is a real understatement. To fall 100 feet off the Space Station belay and get away with more or less uninjured is nothing short of a miracle on the order of the kid who drowned for 20 minutes and lived. Go figure…

I was going to write it up, but the article in the local Conway Daily Sun by journalist and local climber Erik Eisele was so well written there really is no need. It's great to finally have someone writing this stuff that actually KNOWS what the heck they're talking about, and Erik sure does. Here's the link -

http://www.conwaydailysun.com/featured/story/fall081011

Interview With Hugh Herr:
This week there was a great interview on NPR with local legend Hugh Herr. Thanks to another legend, Todd Swain, for the link. DO NOT miss this one -

http://www.npr.org/2011/08/10/137552538/the-double-amputee-who-designs-better-limbs
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective February 22, 2018
The ice took a YUGE hit over the past couple of daze. Not just in the lower elevations, but everywhere. It's pretty clear that winter isn't over, and March is often our snowiest month. So let's just muddle through this next couple of days and see what next week brings us. Many of the trade routes in Crawford Notch are in poor shape right now and need at least a couple of days and nights of cold temps to firm things up again. Still, there are some climbs to be done like Standard Route and Dracula, and even the North End of Cathedral has hung on. HOWEVER you really need to beware of what's above you now. There are hangers everywhere that will be coming down as soon as the sun comes out! I would stay away from everything left of Thresher on Cathedral, all the way to Goofers. And right now the Amphitheater at Frankenstein looks poor, most especially Chia with all those daggers. Keep your fingers crossed for come chill-down next week folks.
Huntington Ravine UNKNOWN but likely OK  
Repentance OUT  
Standard Route OK Click to see route picture.
Dracula OK middle & right Click to see route picture.
For the full current conditions report, CLICK HERE

All That Glitters - A Climber's Journey Through Addiction And Depression:
I haven't read this tell-all-confessional book by Margot Talbot, but I was really impressed by the article Alison Osius wrote about in her recent blog on Rock & Ice. I figured since I was putting lots of links in MY blog (yes, I admit that this is pretty much a blog) this week I would include this one. Check this out -

http://rockandice.com/tnb-blog/tnb-all-that-glitters.html

And here's the link to the book itself -

http://www.allthatglittersbook.com/

As an aside - I've always been impressed with the way Alison writes…she's real, she's down to earth, she tells things the way she sees 'em and she writes about what she knows. I'd love to be able to write that way. Anywho...

Instant Bug Report:
Mostly the bugs aren't bad except in the deep woods. We'll see what happens after this upcoming spout of wet weather tho. Stay tuned...

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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


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