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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 11:00p on 01/18/19 - Temperature: 27.9 °F - Wind speed: 2.0 mph - Wind chill: 26.5 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.973 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 49 %
IceCON 5. Superb New England ice climbing. Even many of the climbs that form rarely are IN.
5 out of a possible 5
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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+"!

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.

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 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

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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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:

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

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