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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 2:29a on 01/18/19 - Temperature: 7.0 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 7.0 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.182 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Rapidly - Humidity: 56 %
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January 19, 2016

Hi Folks,

This is an early Report this week because I am leaving on Wednesday and will be gone for a week. It’s my annual trip to LA for a big music show, to see my sister in Redondo beach and to do some MTB riding in Topanga. I keep getting invited to do some rock climbing, but there just isn’t time for everything. I must say that I am looking forward to a bit of a warm break in the middle of this winter.

It was very cold and windy yesterday, and when I drove up to Crawford Notch this morning it was brutal. The wind was really howling at 20-30 and the air temperature was a balmy 3 above. In spite of that there were 6 cars parked at the top of the notch and I spotted a party topping at the Trestle Cut near Snot Rocket and another party on Monkey Wrench. All I can say is that it must have been a pretty cold time. Needless to say there was no one up on Willies! Now THAT would have been brutal!

There has been a bunch of stuff going on in the area, so without adieu, here’s your latest info…

AVALANCHE IN TUCKS:
This past Sunday there was an avalanche involving 5 people in the Chute, on the left side of Tucks. There have been several articles written about it. This one is pretty good, it’s written by a survivor.

http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Surviving-an-Avalanche-365828621.html


HEADSUP - CARS TOWED AT SHOESTRING:
David Lottman posted this on NEClimbs.com - There were 4 cars towed out of 5 that were parked on the west bound side of 302 directly below Shoestring. Not sure why they didn't take the 5th car. Best parking is either at plowed lot at Webster Cliff Trail (AT) since that is where you come out of the woods anyways, or Willy House as that has more space and has a convenient bridge to cross Saco (then easy quick walking on Saco Trail to get to gully bushwhack approach). 2nd option probably adds 10 minutes to approach/descent. Parking on shoulder anywhere in Whites when DOT is plowing invites being towed. No snow... No problem. But better safe than sorry. Webster Cliff Trail is probably best bet unless overflowing or tough river crossing.

CRAG-VT CAMPAIGN TO REPLACE THE RESCUE CACHE AT LAKE WILLOUGHBY:
What would YOU do if the worst happened while ice climbing at Lake Willoughby? CRAG-VT is pleased to announce a new campaign to replace the rescue cache at the south end of the Pisgah cliffs. The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) has partnered with CRAG-VT and is matching every dollar we can raise up to $400.00 to replace the recently destroyed cache below “The Tablets”. The new cache will feature a backboard and first aid materials to be used by climbers in an emergency. Donate online at www.cragvt.org through our paypal account, or join us this weekend at the Smuggler’s Notch ice bash if you would like to contribute. If you want to directly help with the fabrication of the cache, please contact us at info@cragvt.org.
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

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VALLEY CYCLING:
In spite of the 3” of snow we got a few days ago, the riding is very good now. Not only is the East side in good shape, but the Electric Loop on the West is getting well ridden. If the snowmobiles get out soon we will be in great shape.

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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:

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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