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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 11:30p on 01/18/19 - Temperature: 26.7 °F - Wind speed: 3.0 mph - Wind chill: 25.1 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.989 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Rapidly - 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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February 16, 2017

Hi Folks,

Yet another snow event yesterday and last night brings the Valley total to around 30" in the past 10 daze! WOO WOO... There was another 2 hour delay for the schools as well. Let me tell you, this is getting old. It was clear in the Valley at 9:30, but still snowing like crazy when got up to the Notch at around 10AM.

From the state of the road, you could tell that the DOT was having trouble keeping up. None of the lots were plowed yet, except for the one at the top of Crawford Notch, Sawyer River Road and the one by Ripley Falls. The lower lot at Frankenstein wasn't plowed, but I feel certain it will be soon.

Not too many pictures from the Notch today. It was snowing such that many of the places I get weren't even visible. I normally climb the snowbank at the Dry River Campground, but it's not 8'+ and almost impossible to climb up on. I couldn't even see any of Mt Willard from the road.

I was reading an article in the Conway Sun the other day that reinforced what I had seen on the regional weather a week ago. Apparently in North Conway the average temperature was 26 degrees in January. This is 7.9 degrees higher than the 30 year average of 18.1! I'm not sure what we're at for February, but it really hasn't felt that cold to me.
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

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WINTER PARKING HEADS UP:
NEW GUIDEBOOK - THE NOTCHES BY JON SYKES:
You can get your copy at all the regular climbing shops like IME, EMS and Ragged or online directly from the publisher here:

http://eaglecliffpub.com/climb/ordering/

VALLEY CYCLING:
With close to 30" of snow in the past 10 days the riding has really taken a crash. Things should firm up as the snowmobiles come out this weekend and the temps moderate. Stay tuned...

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Have fun and climb safe,


Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


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