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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 1:59a on 01/18/19 - Temperature: 7.8 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 7.8 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.191 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Slowly - Humidity: 55 %
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March 17, 2016

Hi Folks,

I took a last ride up to Crawford Notch this morning, partly to see how much of the ice had come down, and partly to grab another early season road bike ride. It’s either been cold or raining on and off the past several days so I haven’t been exactly inspired to go rock climbing. Instead I’ve used the time to put in some extra gym hours and time on the road bike when I can grab an hour here and there. You have to take what you can get. [wry grin]

Tho it started off foggy and raining this morning, it was 56 degrees and sunny when I rode by Frankenstein. I was somewhat surprised that there actually were more fragments of ice here & there. Needless to say there was nothing remotely climbable, and the water was roaring. I could hear it from the road, in-between the cars. Here are some pictures for your interest:


I know I keep saying this, but I have to repeat it again - there is a lot of ice still hanging out here and there above the climbs on both Cathedral & Whitehorse. I would stay away from much of Cathedral Ledge and anything other than the South Buttress of Whitehorse for a while. Humphrey’s looks pretty darn clear, as does Sundown and of course places like Shell Pond and Longstack. Stick to those and you should be good. Here are some pix of some of the ice danger for your edification:


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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.
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This is the last ice report of this season. As I mentioned above, there is nothing left to climb anywhere in the lower elevations. While there is ice on the Mountain, it is rapidly degenerating as well. If you do go up there, you most certainly need to be very vigilant. In addition you should be aware that in many places the snowfields are like sheets of ice. There were two accidents over last weekend within 2 hours of each other that left both victims with life-threatening injuries and requiring helicopter evacuation! Even if you are just hiking, be cautious please.

Yup, the snow biking is done for the year. However we are rapidly moving toward regular mountain bike weather. All we need is for the trails to dry out a bit and we’ll be good to go. In the meantime I have been getting out every few days on the road bike while there aren’t a lot of cars around. Last week I rode around town, over in Jackson and up the Kanc. There was a lot of sand on the Jackson roads and some of the Kanc road was pretty funky. I got in a ride today up in Crawford Notch from the WIlley House to Mt. Clinton Road and back. There was no sand on that road and the pavement was in surprisingly good shape. I checked out Mt Clinton Road and it is rideable all the way to the Base Road. I also looked at bear Notch and it should be passable in about a week.

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