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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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June 25, 2015

Hi Folks,

Itís a gas to finally meet in person people Iíve corresponded with over the years. This week I finally hooked up with Bobby G, someone Iíve talked with on NEClimbs for quite a while. He lives in DC, but comes up here and weíve talked about getting together, but it just hasnít happened for one reason or another. Youíd think I would have time to get out almost anytime, but it doesnít quite work like that. Go figureÖ

Weíd emailed back & forth and made plans to climb on Tuesday afternoon, but it rained Monday night and when I got up it was still drizzling. SHEESH! I had a appointment at noon and before I left I texted him that I didnít think it was going to happen, but it didnít go through. Strangely enough, I got home and it was clear and breezy and the street looked as if it hadnít rained at all so I grabbed my stuff and headed over there. His truck was parked on the road, but he wasnít there so I hiked in a bit and hollered his name. I heard a call back from up by Weissnerís and he walked down the hill. Very cool -

Things looked wet, but I figured we should just head on up and maybe we could find something dry enough to climb. You never know, right? Everything we looked at from Weissnerís past Robinson Crusoe was sopping, but when we got to the Cakewalk face were were pleasantly surprised that it looked dry. We figured what the heck, so he led the first pitch up to the belay tree in the gully. I followed and instead of going to the tree headed up to the the bolt anchor straight up. I brought him up and we looked around in surprise, everything on the upper wall was basically dry! So, to make a long story short, we climbed the second pitch of Cakewalk, the second pitch of Mr. Moto and the second pitch of Above & Beyond. It was all very nice and dry and was well worth the effort.

It just goes to show you that if you want to climb bad enough, you can often find something to do. Hopefully we will manage to find a bit nicer a day to get out sometime, but all in all this was pretty nice regardless.
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

Valley Cycling Notes:
My friends and I like to think that we have some of the best mountain biking in the Northeast right here in our little Valley, tho Iím sure there are lots of good trails all over. Thereís the 25 miles on the west side, the Moat side of town, another 25 or so on the East side in the vicinity of Middle Mountain, Pudding Pond and Redstone, plus probably another 8-10 of interesting stuff around Davis Hill. Whatís often forgotten about is the network of trails and logging roads in the Robb Brook area off Bear Notch Road. If you look on Google Earth you can see just how many miles of roads and trails wind and wander all over that area. If you havenít ridden over there I highly recommend it. You can easily spend a day riding out there. I know that some of the folks who are climbing at Greenís Cliif and Owlís are accessing it from there as well. And if you like that area you can check out the Experimental Forest trails on the Bartlett side of the road or Sawyer River Road & Sawyer Pond. Thereís lots to do so explore & enjoy.

AAC Cragginí Classic Get-together:
Put this on your schedules - September 11-13. More details will come later.

Instant Bug Report - BugCON 3:
In spite of some folks saying that the bugs are horrific, honestly I just donít see it. Iíve been at Whitehorse, Cathedral, Humphreys and riding all over in the woods and feel that they are no worse than any other time, maybe even a little better. So Iím dropping BugCON to a 3.

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:

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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