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February 19, 2015

Hi Folks,

Itís been a brutal week since last we spoke. We have continued to get battered with storms and cold temps. And yet tucked into that was yesterday - an absolutely bluebird day with temps around 31 at 2:30 pm. It gave us all some hope that this winter will woo come to an end and that spring will spring sooner, rather than later. Of course we got slapped in the side of the head last night, waking up to 7Ē here in the Valley. Itís not surprising, and it certainly a lot better than what you peeps in Boston are going through. As Iím writing this itís snowing and 26 degrees, go figure.

Fatality On Mt Washington:
As Iím sure most of you are aware, a young woman died on Mt Washington on Sunday after attempting a northern Presi traverse on one of the worst possible days weíve had this winter. It is always easy to criticize and Monday morning quarterback incidents such as this and Iím sure it will be discussed at length in next yearís AINAM. Some people have a different take on risk. I am, and have always been, fairly risk-adverse in the mountains. Perhaps there was a lull in the weather as she came out of tree line by Madison and she thought she could make it across. Apparently she was experienced in mountain travel, yet clearly she made a critical mistake. We likely will never know exactly what happened. She was found ďÖ1/4 mile from Madison Hut, southeast on Star Lake Trail, 50 yds east off trailĒ, her pack contents consisted of mostly tech gear, no sleeping bag or bivy gear!

Below are some articles about the incident and a video taken by a member of the search team. RIP

http://www.conwaydailysun.com/newsx/local-news/119239-wilcox-says-woman-s-climbing-death-monday-offers-lessons
http://trailtosummit.com/new-hampshires-presidential-range-claims-another-life/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP4u6VyrgCk&feature=youtu.be

Rock In The Caucasus:
The deadline of March 1 is almost upon us for submission of applications for the AAC delegation to the Rock Us in the Caucasus 2015 event in Armenia and Georgia this September. Want to go climb in Armenia and Georgia this summer? APPLY NOW

rockusinthecaucasus.com
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective November 16, 2017
I got up at 5:30, grabbed some cereal, grabbed a coffee at the Frontside and headed up to the Notch to check things out. As I left town it started snowing lightly, getting heavier as I went along. By the time I got past Bartlett it was obvious that getting any really good pictures was going to be doubtful. Pulling into the Dry River Campground where I take pics of the Amphitheater, I could make out the climbs, but they were hard to really see. It was the same at the Standard Route pullout and Dracula. Further up I couldn't even see Willies Slide or anything on Mt Willard! I took pictures anyway, boping I could tweak them, but it wasn't promising. I was able to get pics of Snot Rocket and the trestle cut by pulling into the viewing area. Coming back down past Standard I stopped again and was able to get a little better shot than previously.
Huntington Ravine possible  
Repentance OUT  
Standard Route possible Click to see route picture.
Dracula OUT Click to see route picture.
For the full current conditions report, CLICK HERE

Here are a few interesting pix from this morning:

goofers.jpg
AngelCakes.jpg
CathedralLedge.jpg
LHMonkeyWrench.jpg
Shoestring.jpg
SnotRocket.jpg
WillardUpperTier.jpg
Unicorn.jpg

As always, more pix are on NEClimbs Ice Report and Facebook.

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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http://www.facebook.com/NEClimbs/

Have fun and climb safe,


Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


As far as I knew, he had never taken a photograph before, and the summit of Everest was hardly the place to show him how.
Edmund Hillary, referring to the Sherpa Tenzing Norgay
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