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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 3:29a on 01/18/19 - Temperature: 7.2 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 7.2 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.167 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Slowly - Humidity: 59 %
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April 10, 2014

Hi Folks,

My goodness, hasn't spring come on with a huge rush? We've gone from winter to full-on spring conditions and I'm excited! Sure, I love winter and ice season, but this has been a long one and frankly I'm ready for the change. One fortunate thing is that we haven't had the torrential rains that sometime accompany the switchover to warmer weather. We all have been expecting a big mud season, but that may not happen. My back yard has gone from 5+ feet of packed snow to under 3 feet and it's all soaking right into the ground. And so far the streams and rivers have just gradually risen, without the huge jams and blocks of ice that we got last year. You know what? I'll take it!

And I'll take days like last Friday when I managed to get one of those rare 4-season- sport days that I so covet. I climbed the first pitch of Standard Route, rode the bike up to the top of Crawford Notch, skied Mt Clinton Road to the base Road and back and did an hour on the boulders at Humphrey's. It really doesn't get a whole lot better than that!

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Although I knew what the ice conditions in Crawford Notch were, abysmal, I decided to run up and take a last series of pictures to round out the season. While I was there I figured I would get some exercise by hiking up to see what was up with Willie's. Just like I figured, it was a giant mostly-firm snow-cone! I figured that, unless I managed to get in a trip up to Huntington, it would probably be my last ice of this season so I said "What the heck…" and ran up it. As I went I used the opportunity to clean off all the v-threads I spotted - 5 of 'em! It made me feel like I was doing a bit of community service. Good excuse to go climbing, right?. [grin] All in all it was a perfect morning and I'm glad I did it.

As I was coming by Humphrey's on the way home I spotted a couple of cars and stopped up the road to see what was up. Turns out there was someone on the second pitch of Wanderlust. As far as I'm concerned, the ice season is over. It's been a great one for me and I hope it was for you as well. I can't say that I'm looking forward to next year 'cause I'm just looking forward to warm rock right now, and that's OK by me.

A quick note about the Report - I've gone up to the Notch every Thursday but open this winter and brought back pictures and descriptions of the climbs. I hope that you have enjoyed and appreciated them. If you did, and you haven't put in a donation to support NEClimbs and the White Mountain Report, perhaps this would be a good time. Just a thought - [wry grin]

Here's some pictures:

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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

There's pretty much nothing left to climb, but here's what I saw… There will be more on NEClimbs tomorrow and our FaceBook page later today:

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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:

http://www.neclimbs.com/mobile

Check it out and if you have issues on your specific phone, please feel free to let me know.

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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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