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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 6:00p on 01/21/19 - Temperature: -2.6 °F - Wind speed: 6.0 mph - Wind chill: -13.5 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.816 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Rapidly - Humidity: 38 %
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March 15, 2018

Hi Folks,

Let it snow, snow, snow... And it has. So in a little more than 10 days we've had 3 big storms come through, dropping a pant-load of white stuff. Tho the Valley itself seemed to dodge the proverbial bullet this time around, everywhere around us got pretty clobbered. I measured a paltry 5" here by the Ledge, while Madison apparently got close to 2' and even Stark Road in Center Conway got 18! Go figure.

All this snow has made getting around a hassle PLUS even on the normal trade-routes there is snow that can present problems. One might not think that Smugglers Notch in Vermont would avalanche, but it did on Wednesday! If it can happen there, it can happen anywhere. Heck, I've seen an avalanche on the ledge at the start of Thresher and another on Cinema!

http://www.wcax.com/content/news/6-injured-in-avalanche-in-Smugglers-Notch-476843483.html

https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/2018/03/14/six-soldiers-injured-smugglers-notch-avalanche/425259002/

If you are planning on being in the Ravines, be sure to check the Avalanche Advisory here:

https://www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org/advisory/

Right now it's Considerable in both.
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/20180315/LHMonkeyWrench.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20180315/CathedralLedge.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20180315/Diagonal_Mordor.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20180315/Frankenstein.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20180315/MtWillard.jpg

VALLEY CYCLING:
Due to the amount of snow we've gotten in the past 10 days, there isn't anything of consequence to rider here in the Valley right now. Stay tuned...

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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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Al Hospers
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North Conway, New Hampshire


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