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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 5:00a on 01/17/19 - Temperature: 5.4 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 5.4 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.196 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Rapidly - Humidity: 28 %
IceCON 4. Climbs are IN at the usual places and generally at consensus ratings.
4 out of a possible 5
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December 21, 2017

Hi Folks,

After a couple of fairly mild daze, last night we slipped into the deep freeze. When I got up at 5 to go to the gym it was a very chilly 10 degrees. Then, 1 1/2 hours later when I stopped back at home to pick up my camera to go take pictures it was up to a balmy 13! Up in the Notch at 10:30 it was sunny but a bit on the breezy side and down to 11. I'd planned on doing some climbing, but that's a little cold for my old bones.

It was a warm day on Tuesday and I did get out to Frankenstein with Brad. There were a surprising number of cars in the lot and we saw multiple parties on Standard and Dracula. We climbed Standard Route from the base all the way to the upper tier, then to a tree left of the upper curtain and then I led the only one of the curtain pillars that looked OK. As always it was very thin at the top and was a bit spicy getting to the big tree. I wouldn't recommend it, but that's just how my season is starting off this year - spicy...

On the good side of things, the ice is finally getting fat. I'm expecting that by the next time I get out I will be able to use my original Petal Ergo tools that I totally love, with the new picks. WOO WOO.... I can't wait. I've pretty much beat the picks on my X-Dreams 'till they aren't usable as picks any more. [wry grin]

Here are some pics from that morning.

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20171221/Standard_Al_1.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20171221/Standard_Brad_1.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20171221/Standard_Al_2.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20171221/Standard_Brad_2.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20171221/Standard_Mike_Josh.jpg

Check for other pix on the web site and FaceBook.

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
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective January 10, 2019
The weather event we had over the past 2 days really didn't seem to significantly impact the climbs, other than the fact that it wasn't cold at all for about 36 hours. That said, it was chilly Wednesday night and it's really going to be cold for the weekend. My guess is that things will be quite good, but likely very hard and somewhat brittle. In addition there is a LOT of very heavy snow out there folks. Climbs like Cinema, Shoestring and really anything where there is a snow-loading aspect should be avoided at least for several days. And since it's going to be in single digits at least overnight the next few days, protect early and often.
Huntington Ravine avalanche danger  
Repentance nobody's doing it! Click to see route picture.
Standard Route good Click to see route picture.
Dracula good Click to see route picture.
For the full current conditions report, CLICK HERE

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20171221/Diagonal.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20171221/Unicorn.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20171221/CathedralLedge.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20171221/Repentance_Remission.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20171221/Frankenstein.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20171221/Fang_area.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20171221/Dropline_Machine.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20171221/SnotRocket.jpg

Check for more pix on NEClimbs.com or FaceBook.

VALLEY CYCLING:
The fat tire bike riding in the Valley has been very good over the past couple of weeks, and it just got a whole lot better. The trails in the Marshall Conservation Land have been groomed by the local NEMBA group and they are fantastic. You can ride Lucille's, Upper Shumway, The Muzzy Trail, Red's Trail all the way to High Street and several other fun extensions off of Red's. I highly recommend it.

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20171221/Bike_1.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20171221/Bike_2.jpg

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Have fun and climb safe,


Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


Why climb? For the natural experience; for the danger that draws us ever on; for the feeling of total freedom; for the monstrous drop beneath you. It is like a drug.
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