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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 7:59p on 01/17/19 - Temperature: 8.9 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 8.9 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.265 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 41 %
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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November 16, 2017

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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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MAYBE LAST ROCK LAST SUNDAY:
Brad had heard about a little cliff over in Maine kind of near the Fryeburg Airport that he wanted to check out. It was a somewhat sunny day and in ethics's upper 30's, so I said what the heck... Getting into the place was a bit tricky so I won't try to describe the location, it's down a series of dirt logging roads. The climbing was OK, on a nicely positive Rumny-like schist rock. There were bolts on the 5 routes we climbed and they were generally in the 5.6-5.7 range tho somewhat runout in places. There are lots of little cliffs like this all over Maine, apparently you just need to know where they are. [wry grin]

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ROAD CLOSINGS:
Bear Notch Road, Cathedral Ledge Road, Sawer River Road and Hurricane Mountain Road are all closed. Tho I haven't seen anything about Evans Notch I would bet that it too is closed for the season.

MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY ICE FEST 2018:
In case you had forgotten, the 25 annual Ice Fest is coming up. Mark February 2-4 on your calendars and stay tuned. It's going to be a good one!

http://www.mwv-icefest.com

VALLEY CYCLING:
I rode in light snow on the West side near Echo Lake on Monday and it was great, then again on a beautiful warmish-Wednesday in Whittaker Woods and that was great as well. The trails are good and only a little blow-down here and there. What's not to like?

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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:

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Have fun and climb safe,


Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


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