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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 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

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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Have fun and climb safe,


Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


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