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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 10:59a on 03/23/19 - Temperature: 30.2 °F - Wind speed: 6.0 mph - Wind chill: 22.7 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.341 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Rapidly - Humidity: 56 %
IceCON 3. Ice generally available in the usual places, many climbs fat.
3 out of a possible 5
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May 29, 2014

Hi Folks,

After multiple rainy days, I was getting a little stir-crazy this week. We've had some amount of rain every day singe last Friday, but Tuesday was brutal. It brought in several lines of storms that roared through, dumping a lot of water in a very short period of time. I don't have any problem getting rained on while I'm out. It kind of goes with the territory. But I'm sorry, I can't bring myself to leave the house for an outdoor activity IN the rain. Things have to be pretty darn bad for me to do that. Fortunately I've had a lot of musical work that has kept me occupied in the house. I've had a couple of recording sessions, some mixing work and a big band rehearsal for a wedding that's coming up in 2 weeks. At least it's all somewhat profitable. [grin]

Someone mentioned that a cold front was coming through last night, and it was actually going to be down near freezing. I was surprised, but kind of disregarded it - until I got up this morning. I went outside to check on the garden and it was downright chilly, probably the upper 40's. A friend who lives in Jefferson texted me that it was 34 at his house at 7am, and then my postman said the same thing about his house ion Berlin! It certainly has been a late spring!

That all said, the morning was totally bluebird and I was chomping at the bit to get out and do something fun. I made a few calls about going climbing, but everyone I called was out skiing on Mt Washington. I guess the auto road is open now, so the east snowfields are beckoning folks to get in some of the last turns of the season. I feel the same at the end of ice season, so I guess I can understand. I did a few errands and reached the point where I absolutely HAD to get out and do something fun, so I decided to get out on the mountain bike.

I had figured that things would be really crappy in the woods, but that turned out not to be the case. I rode from my place by Echo Lake, through the woods to Hale's Location, up to the Carroll Reed Trail, up the logging road to an old cut across to the Tent Boulder Trail, up to the boulder, down to the 4 corners, back left to the mineral site and down Sherwood Forest to the logging road, where I went past Joe's Alibi into Hale's and home. All in all a nice 8 miles in 1:21 in darn near perfect conditions. I think that I would have rather climbed, but I don't know - the ride was pretty darn nice. [grin]
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective March 21, 2019
It's been a wonderful ice season, but Spring is officially here folks. Thus the sun is strong so it's warm during the day, but it's cold at night. And of course that means that climbs in the full sun are crap, but anything in the shade can still be good and maybe even building a bit. Sure, Standard Route is still massive, but the ice isn't all that good IMO. I was up there today and thought the ice above the cave was punky! Climbs in the reflector oven that is the Amphitheater are a mess now and honestly in my mind it's not a smart place to be. We're entering a time when the best climbing will be up high in the Ravine. And of course the longer days make it a great time to be up there. From here on out I'm only going to be posting pictures of things I think are in climbable shape, and that's a dwindling supply.
Huntington Ravine IN mostly  
Repentance OUT Click to see route picture.
Standard Route climbable, but getting punky Click to see route picture.
Dracula IN - bring your snorkle Click to see route picture.
For the full current conditions report, CLICK HERE

Helmets - a follow up:
I came across the following on Mountain Project. Make of it what you will… http://www.mountainproject.com/v/my-helmet-saved-my-life-on-sunday/109031642

As someone on the NEClimbs Facebook page posted-

"I honestly can't believe that this is considered debatable. Gravity works. Protect your head."

Instant Bug Report - 3:
I'm keeping the BugCON level at a 3. I was up in the woods near the Tent Boulder today. Not a problem riding along, but if you stopped the mosquitoes ate me alive! DEET is recommended. Also, the ticks are ferocious right now. Be sure to check yourself every time you are outside.

Peregrine Closings Peregrines are nesting at the Summit Cliff at Rumney. The entire Summit Cliff, including Northwest Passage and Flea Surgeon, is now closed. The Asylum on the left, and The Monolith on the right are also closed! Peregrines are nesting at the Summit Cliff at Rumney. The entire Summit Cliff, including Northwest Passage and Flea Surgeon, is now closed. The Asylum on the left, and The Monolith on the right are also closed!

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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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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


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