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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 4:00p on 11/19/17 - Temperature: 44.3 °F - Wind speed: 4.0 mph - Wind chill: 41.5 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.141 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Rapidly - Humidity: 63 %
IceCON 1. Climbs just coming in or only in upper elevations like Ravines.
1 out of a possible 5
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May 6, 2016

Hi Folks,

What do I have to say this week? I can encapsulate it all in one word, and one word only - RAIN!!!! Thatís right, it has rained virtually all week. It started on Sunday afternoon, and continued basically nab ate, at least in drizzle mode, until Friday morning. And from what I understand weíre gong to get some more drizzles Friday night and the chance of showers again Friday night into Saturday. SIGH br />
The cliffs are definitely on the damp side for anything other than aid, at least IMNSHO, so you might want to haul out the hiking shoes or some rain gear to go along with your spring cycling experience. Of course weíve been fortunate so far, but itís a bit on the frustrating side for me, since every time the weather cooperates, I have a rehearsal or out of town gig. Well I know thatís going to change soon enough, so I have something to look forward to. Stay tunedÖ br />
1:00 PM br />
?Meet at the kiosk at Cathedral Ledge br />
It's that time of year where our beloved cliffs need a little TLC. All are welcome, and please invite others. A casual BYO-everything cook-out (drink, chips, food for the grill) will follow in the early evening at the kiosk area at the base of Cathedral (or head to Flatbread for plan B rainy day scenerio). Should be great afternoon! br />
Clean Up Objectives are (and they are subject to change): br />
Second coat of paint on the blazes for the approach trails.
Take down the signs marking the approach trails and paint.
Replace missing approach signs (if supplied by State Park).
Spruce up the kiosk with a fresh coat of paint.
Leaf blow/raking of trails where needed.
Picking up any trash from winter.
If someone was ambitious, we could reblaze the Bryce path. br />
Please wear proper work attire and work gloves of your choice. br />
Friends Of The Ledges is a climbing stewardship organization in the eastern White Mountains of New Hampshire and Maine.
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

If you get a few minutes, check out the out the review of this new Petzl product on the web site written by guide Matt Shove. Iíve been using the double version of this device since last winter and I think itís a pretty cool thing.
While there are mosquitoes and blackflies out there, they donít seem to be biting up here in the Valley quite yet. After this rain tho Iím sure thatís going to change, so keep the DEET handy. Ticks are certainly around and the experts are expecting a pretty bad season so be sure to check carefully after any outdoor efforts!

Overall itís still pretty good and not much mud. The reality is that itís been dry so long, and weíre only getting drizzles, that itís not that muddy. Iíd say that most everything is still pretty darn good. In addition there is a new trail thatís just gone in on the Marshall Conservation Land thatís worth checking out. It starts down low on the right side opposite the Shumway switchbacks sign. Give it a go and help pack it out.

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

Boulder /n./ place close to the ground to practice falling. When climbers aren't climbing, they like to sharpen their skills by bouldering on large rocks located in places frequented by impressionable tourists. Because bouldering is done without protection, the rule is never to climb higher than you'd like to fall. That is why so many climbers stand around discussing boulder problems instead of climbing them.
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