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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 7:59p on 01/17/19 - Temperature: 8.9 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 8.9 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.265 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 41 %
IceCON 5. Superb New England ice climbing. Even many of the climbs that form rarely are IN.
5 out of a possible 5
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November 7, 2013

Hi Folks,

I hate to admit it, but even for me some weeks are just slower than others. [LOL] This week I don't have any big ice-related news to report or especially entertaining adventures. I've just been riding my bike as much as possible and working out trying to get into shape for ice season. For me at least, climbing ice and getting around in the winter requires more stamina than rock climbing and summer hiking. Thus adding a bit to my fitness baseline will really help, especially for someone as close to over-the-hill as me.

I am planning on attending the Eastern Snow and Avalanche Workshop which is taking place this Saturday. I've been posting information about it on NEClimbs and in this newsletter over the past several months. I think it's incumbent on all of us that spend time in the mountains in the winter to know as much as we can about the conditions. I believe that it's getting pretty close to full, so if you'r interested I urge you to sign up right now. I hope to see you there. Below is the latest info I received from head Ranger Chris Joosen on Thursday:


Looking forward to seeing all of you this weekend. Really a great line up and evening for this Saturday's ESAW 2013. Any last minute questions let me know and I'll do what I can to respond if I don't get shelled.

- Bring a mug if you wish to keep the Frontside coffee hot.
- This is last year on metal chairs I promise-I'll explain about 2014 on
Saturday, but bring a cushion for your backside if you have trouble with
metal folding chairs.
- Some folks have found paper and pen handy for certain talks of
- We'll start right on time so please give yourself enough time to get
through check in. We'll have about 140 people so it may take a hair longer
to get through the line than last year. We'll have it stream lined with
multiple people checking you in to help it go quickly.
- Remember, If you are a member or worker in the list below bring along
your membership information and get a $10 IME Gift certificate at
registration. As I mentioned before make it easy for our volunteers at the
check in desk and bring something that easily passes the straight face
test, a membership card, a current organizational publication with your
name and address on it, etc.

American Alpine Club
National Ski Patrol
Professional Ski Patrollers of America
American Avalanche Association
Canadian Avalanche Association
Mount Washington Observatory
Have current American Mountain Guides Association Certification
Have taken or instructed an Avalanche course with AIARE certification in
the past 24 months

- For those interested in hanging around on Sunday for some more
avalanche related education and topics, AIARE is offering an Instructors
Refreshers Course just a 100 meters from IME. They are offering it to ESAW
attendees whether you're an instructor or not. The cost is $100. If
interested check out this link:

Go to
for Saturday's schedule.

And sign up here -
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

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