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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 8:30a on 11/20/17 - Temperature: 27.9 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 26.5 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.652 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Rapidly - Humidity: 46 %
IceCON 1. Climbs just coming in or only in upper elevations like Ravines.
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July 2, 2015

Hi Folks,

This weekend is July 4th and things are going to be crazy here in our Valley. The tourists are definitely here now and the traffic is very nuts everywhere. If you’re coming into town, often the traffic is totally backed up waaay before the Kanc. While you could take a left and ride out to Passaconaway Road and come back to West Side road, there is a better way. As you come down the hill past Karla’s Pet Rendezvous you will see the Coleman place and Rt 153 on the right. Turn there, take the next street to the left, Cranmore Shores, continue onto Pequawket Dr, wind your way through Quint and then on to Tasker Hill Road. A left will drop you right at the intersection of West Side Road and 16, north of Conway Village. Put this one in your GPS, you will love it in the summer.

Boy have we been going through some up and down weather the past week. It seems like every time I try to go climbing, it rains. And when I say it rains I mean it pours. Yesterday was supposed to only be a day of showers, but it rained cats & dogs almost all day long. Go figure… It was drag that I had to drive to Concord for an all day jazz trio rehearsal, but at least I was inside most of the day. This weekend brings me 1 guiding morning, 4 music gigs, 2 rehearsals and a trip to Portland to take the wife & boy to the airport between now and Sunday night! WHEW. I hope that your holiday weekend is more relaxing.

BTW While on the ride described below, I did spot an interesting slab as I rode down the obvious spur out right we rode as we headed up the forest road. I don’t know what that is, but it’s likely been climbed. In addition we saw a car with Mass plates that was parked up at the top of the forest road, about 200 yards from the intersection of Bear Notch Road. There was a small trail heading uphill right there & I gotta wonder if it’s the newish access to Green’s. Very interesting…
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

Valley Cycling Notes:
I took a great explore-ride on Tuesday that started at the bottom of Bear Notch Road, went up the dirt roads on the right that wind up through the Bartlett Experimental Forest to the top of the Notch, rode back down with a stop at the amazing upper overlook, continuing down to a trail on the right (2 boulders) that winds through the woods over a couple of stream crossings and comes out right by the gate at the bottom of the hill. The bit at the bottom is a part of some ski and old hiking trails and is pretty neat. We also tried one up a bit higher, but it got too overgrown to ride. It might make an interesting explore on foot sometime tho. Here’s a picture of the ride:

BearNotch.jpg

Peregrine Closings:
I got this rather late this year, but here is the info.- Temporary access restrictions are posted at the following five New Hampshire cliff sites in 2015:

Cathedral Ledge (right/north end only), Bartlett, NH
Holts Ledge, Lyme, NH
Painted Walls, Albany, NH
Rumney Rocks (Summit Cliff area), Rumney, NH
Woodchuck Ledge (right/north end only), Albany, NH

Peregrines are present at a number of additional cliffs where no closure has been posted.  Climbers are advised to alter plans, and report incident, if you encounter aggressive falcons during a climb.  All areas will be open effective August 1.

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

Instant Bug Report - BugCON 3:
I’m sticking with the BC 3 rating right now. Tho the blackflys and mosquitoes aren’t that bad, you gotta still beware of the ticks tho.

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Have fun and climb safe,


Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


In climbing, the difference between bold and bad judgement is if you make it down alive, you were bold.
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