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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 2:29a on 01/18/19 - Temperature: 7.0 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 7.0 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.182 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Rapidly - Humidity: 56 %
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March 1, 2018

Hi Folks,

Well, well well... It sure feels like late March out there this past week. After the brutal cold we had there is a part of me that's ready for spring. But on the other hand, I've just feeling like there are some climbs I still wanted to knock off the winter. But, you just have to take what Mother Nature gives us. It goes with living and climbing in New England.

I talked Brad into riding up to the Notch this morning while I did pictures. I'd seen pics of Elephant Head from a day ago and I figured we could knock that off quickly and we did. It wasn't a good as I had hoped, but it was climbable, tho I didn't think that the screws were very good. Still, it was a climb and we both were happy to be out. Especially since it could easily be one of the last ice climbs for this season.

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20180301/ElephantHead_Brad_1.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20180301/ElephantHead_Brad_2.jpg

SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION:
As you must know, I play a lot of music in the area. I'm playing a concert featuring the music of jazz pianist composer Thelonious Monk celebrating the 100th anniversary of is birth. It will be at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at the Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg Maine on March 2nd. I'm privileged to be playing with the best musicians in the area and it's going to be amazing. If you're in town and looking for something to do on a Saturday night, I promise it will be world class! But be sure get your tickets in advance as it will surely be sold out.

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20180222/BradleyJazzCollective_Monk.jpg
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

Of course the regular Thursday ice pix are on NEClimbs.com and Facebook, but here are some of the other pix.

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20180301/Frankenstein.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20180301/LHMonkeyWrench.jpg

I've been noticing that folks have already been climbing rock here in the Valley. Below is a picture taken by IMCS guide Grant Simmons of Alexa Siegel following on the South Buttress classic Loose Lips. On them way to and from the Notch this morning I also saw cars at Humphrey's Ledge. You still need to be aware of any hidden ice up above, but South Buttress and Humphrey's are usually good to go after a week of dry sunny weather.

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20180301/Loose-Lips.jpg

VALLEY CYCLING:
If you want to ride on the snow right now, all I can say is to get out early. Any later than about 9 AM and it will be slush. It's even better to ride at night when things have set up. I'm not sure when/if the trails will be fully rideable right now. At least until the full thaw!

MT WASHINGTON BACKCOUNTRY SKI FESTIVAL


March 10-11, 2018 - Presented by The North Face

The second annual Mt Washington Backcountry Ski Festival is a gathering in the White Mountains of New Hampshire for backcountry skiers & riders of all abilities. While geared towards backcountry skiers and snowboarders, there are events for climbers

White Mountain Report readers can use the code of 2018nec10 to get 10% off the Full Weekend registration or Apres Ski Party tickets. Full details and registration options can be found on the website and Facebook:

https://www.skimtwashington.com
https://www.facebook.com/skimtwashington/

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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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