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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.

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

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.

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!


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

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The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

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