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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 5:00a on 11/21/17 - Temperature: 25.8 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 25.8 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.954 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Steady - Humidity: 71 %
IceCON 1. Climbs just coming in or only in upper elevations like Ravines.
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May 19, 2017

Hi Folks,


Yup, that's what all of us up here in the hinterlands have felt like since the spring Nor'Easter that blew through the area on Sunday. Tho we got nothing here in the Valley, Mt Washington got almost 30", there was close to a foot at the top of the Kanc and 6"+ on Bear Notch Road. POW!

If you're skeptical, there are a bunch of pictures on the NEClimbs Facebook page. Particularly interesting was the Mt Washington summit's record breaking snowfall. 38 hours of continuous snow left behind a whopping 33.3"of snow, making it the largest snowstorm ever recorded in May, as well as breaking their 24-hour May snowfall record with 22.9" in a 24-hour period! BAM! This was followed by the better part of a day of rain that was great for our gardens, and then followed now by 2 days of record breaking heat. At 3:30 on Thursday it was a balmy 94 degrees! SOCK

On the good side the leaves have popped out and everything is green and yellow. With some of the yellow due to the massive amount of pollen that's been released. BOOM If you have allergies, you better bring your drugs with you. I have minimal allergies, but my eyes have been itching for the past 2 days. I'm hoping for some rain soon to clean the air and help with watering the lawn and garden.'s now summer. Time for rock climbing and mountain bikes folks.

Spring Cleaning at the Ledges - It's time for our annual spring clean-up at Cathedral and Whitehorse ledges. We will gather at the kiosk below Cathedral Ledge at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 20 to divvy up tools and assignments. The goal is to clear the climber trails of leaf litter and other debris from the winter and to pick up any trash that may have melted out of the snow. We will also have an opportunity to do a walk-through of some potential future trail projects with Mike Morin, the Northeast Regional Director of the Access Fund.

After the clean-up we'll have BYO barbecue at the look-out below Cathedral (or gather at Flatbread if the weather or bugs are bad). Please spread the word, bring your friends, and we'll see you there!

Please bring your own work gloves.
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

There's a little mud here and there, but with this heat and dry spell I gotta figure it will be gone soon. All the trails I've ridden, with the exception of Red's Trail, the snowmobile connector off Cathedral Ledge Road, are quite good. Get those bikes out and go for a ride. east Side, West Side, it's all good.

The black files are out. Not quite in force yet, but getting there. I several bites while working in the yard on Friday, and I'm seeing them around. I just gotta figure with this heat we're going to see them in full force soon. Bring your DEET or whatever you use if you're going to be out. In addition, I've seen some ticks as well, so be sure to check yourself thoroughly.

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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:

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

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

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