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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 4:59p on 01/21/19 - Temperature: -3.3 °F - Wind speed: 2.0 mph - Wind chill: -12.6 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.774 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Rapidly - Humidity: 36 %
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5 out of a possible 5
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June 8, 2017

Hi Folks,

Several solid days of rain has left most of us in a daze. Thus when the sun came out on Wednesday morning with nary a cloud in the sky, there was a collective and massive sigh of relief in our Valley. I even got out climbing with Brad today up on Mt Forist and it was great. With any luck the weekend will be OK and we will settle back into a more normal weather pattern of mostly sun, with some occasional rain.

ALEX HONNOLD:
Alex Honnold free-soloed El Cap on June 3rd. I saw this headline right after it happened and as I said on Facebook right afterward, "This is almost beyond imagination..." And frankly, it IS beyond my imagination. Someone posted a statement that this may have been the most incredible athletic achievement in history, and I tend to agree. I don't know that anything I can say about it will do his achievement justice, so I'm just going to post the links that I have seen and let you draw your own conclusions.

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/features/athletes/alex-honnold/most-dangerous-free-solo-climb-yosemite-national-park-el-capitan/

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/features/athletes/alex-honnold/interview-rope-free-solo-climb-yosemite-el-capitan/

http://elcapreport.com/content/elcap-report-6317-special-edition-honnold-free-solo-elcap

https://www.outsideonline.com/2190306/why-alex-honnolds-free-solo-scared-me

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/170606-alex-honnold-el-capitan-vin-spd?source=relatedvideo

http://nautil.us/issue/39/sport/the-strange-brain-of-the-worlds-greatest-solo-climber?utm_source=frontpage&utm_medium=mview&utm_campaign=the-strange-brain-of-the-worlds-greatest-solo-climber

And if you're a Facebook member you can check out this picture of Alex and Jimmy Chin right after he topped out-

https://www.facebook.com/AlexHonnold/photos/a.425008157553492.110974.132274126826898/1295491890505110/?type=3&theater">https://www.facebook.com/AlexHonnold/photos/a.425008157553492.110974.132274126826898/1295491890505110/?type=3&theater

Enjoy...
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

VALLEY CYCLING:
After 2 1/2 daze of rain, I took a nice ride on Wednesday afternoon. Amazingly enough the trails on the West side were basically dry. I'm sure that there are places where it's wet, and maybe muddy, but if you stay mainly on the higher trails you're going to be OK. And actually the network around Echo Lake is in great shape. Enjoy...

INSTANT BUG REPORT:
I don't care what anybody says, it's a 4!

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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Have fun and climb safe,


Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


Here I was working away and always this mumbling and bitching from below, and finally the shocking ejaculation "This is a lot of shit." From then on I felt I was battling two opponents, the wall and Peterson.
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