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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 12:29p on 11/21/17 - Temperature: 42.1 °F - Wind speed: 1.0 mph - Wind chill: 42.1 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.840 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Rapidly - Humidity: 47 %
IceCON 1. Climbs just coming in or only in upper elevations like Ravines.
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January 5, 2017

Hi Folks,

We've had some pretty variable weather this past week that's for sure. Heavy snow, rain, warm, cold, freezing rain, sleet, hail, you name it. And while conditions are most certainly weird in places, there is absolutely stuff out there to climb. Needless to say the cold that came in Wednesday night sure helped out a lot and I'll bet that by Friday we're going to be in great shape.

There are some places that still aren't very good yet, or that simply haven't come in at all. A good example of the latter is the Fang area. It looks more like late March, than early January. And while there is ice there, the main portion of Pegasus isn't climbable yet.

Wondering about how much snow we got from the big storm here in the Valley? The measurement was 15+"!

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span class="reportSectionHeader">DREAMS ARE NOT GOALS, GOALS ARE NOT DREAMS:
Here's a great article by master climber Steve House. Well worth the read IMO.

http://www.uphillathlete.com/dreams-are-not-goals/

RUMNEY'S FINAL FRONTIER:
Access Fund and Rumney Climber's Association (RCA) are excited to announce that Rumney's Final Frontier has been permanently protected.

In just under a year, the climbing community rallied to raise over $100,000, and RCA now owns the 85-acre property that is home to the Northwest Crags. Access Fund provided RCA with two loans to cover the gap in the purchase price, which RCA will pay back after they transfer the property to White Mountain National Forest.

The Final Frontier is home to the last set of privately owned climbing resources at Rumney--including Northwest Territories, Buffalo Pit, Northwest Passage, Prudential, Asylum, and the western portion of the Black Jack Boulders.

Now that the purchase is complete, RCA will construct a new parking area, toilet, and trail system to the Northwest Crags, alleviating crowding at the main parking area and crags. For the final phase of this project, Access Fund will help RCA transfer the property to the USFS within the next two years for permanent conservation. A huge thanks to everyone who made this victory possible!
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

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VALLEY CYCLING:
he local bike nerds were out packing the trails, but the big snow and then the ice-whatever made a pretty big mess of things. I would look for places to ride that are popular hiking trails, like Peaked, or snowmobile trails. I briefly checked out Sawyer River Road on Thursday morning and it looked pretty packed. I'll bet that the road behind Cathedral & Whitehorse (Red's Trail), Bear Notch and Zealand would be rideable. The single track stuff probably not so much. This picture was taken on the Swenson Trail on the East Side behind Walmart on the afternoon of the big snow. It was pretty fun.

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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:

http://www.neclimbs.com/mobile

Check it out and if you have issues on your specific phone, please feel free to let me know.

NEClimbs & White Mountain Report On Facebook:
Join us and LIKE us on Facebook. I'll try and post some interesting pix every Thursday and the latest Ice Report in the season, tho certainly not the whole Report. Here's where you can check it out:

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Have fun and climb safe,


Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


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