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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 10:30p on 01/18/19 - Temperature: 29.2 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 29.2 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.974 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 53 %
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January 13, 2017

Hi Folks,

And we have yet another roller coaster ride of weather this week folks! On Tuesday night we had snowy-slush and freezing rain, turning into a sunny warm day on Wednesday with temps in the mid to upper 40's, and today - Thursday - it's cloudy and dreary with temps in the mid-40's again. It's the classic January thaw! It would be great if we had a week where the focus wasn't on the weather, right?

I don't have a lot to say this week, other than as soon as it cools off, get out outside...

ICE FEST 2017:
Don't forget that the 2017 Ice fest is coming fast, February 3-4-5. If you've been to one, you know just how great it is. If not, you owe it to yourself to come out and enjoy the festivities. There are clinics, events, presentations, demo gear and just the feeling of being a part of a fantastic celebration of the ice climbing sport that we all love. For the latest information, check out the blog here:

ICE FEST BLOG

I hope to see you there.
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

Here's a few pix from this morning. They are on the dark side because of the clouds and fog. I think you can get the idea tho...

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20170112/CathedralLedge.jpg
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http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20170112/CauliflowerGully.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20170112/Diagonal.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20170112/Repentance_Remission.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20170112/Frankenstein.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20170112/MtWillard.jpg
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http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20170112/ShoestringGully.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20170112/LHMonkeyWrench_slab.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20170112/AngelCakes.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20170112/Unicorn.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20170112/ThePilgrimage.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20170112/standardRoute.jpg

VALLEY CYCLING:
There has been some really great riding on the trails here in the Valley this winter. At least in places where the "bare boot" folks don't go. By bare boot I mean the walkers/hikers/dog people who walk on soft trails without snowshoes! If you're a skier you know what I'm talking about too. Let's just say that it's a major drag to go out to one of your fave trails and find deep shoe prints (aka post holes) all over the place. making it unrideable. One of my favorite rides in the winter has been the Swamp Trail at Hemlock Land, behind Walmart. However when I went over there 2 days ago it was unrideable due to all the footprints everywhere. Fortunately a friend had mentioned that the "Cheater Trail" was in great shape. This is a trail that I have been calling Chutes And Ladders because off all the cool bridges. It's located off the logging road/snowmobile trail that runs past the Redstone Quarry. In the summer we use it as a somewhat easier way to get up to the Outer Limits. As of pre-warmup it was in amazing shape and in fact the pack-out continues up to Outer Limits! If you're looking for a fun ride on your fat tire bike, this is the one.

NOTE - if things are at all soft and you see any ruts from your tracks, don't ride these trails. Let's keep them in good shape.

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20170112/bike.jpg


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.

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http://www.facebook.com/NEClimbs/

Have fun and climb safe,


Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


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