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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 4:29a on 11/21/17 - Temperature: 26.4 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 26.4 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.954 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Steady - Humidity: 69 %
IceCON 1. Climbs just coming in or only in upper elevations like Ravines.
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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 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

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


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