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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 9:00p on 01/17/19 - Temperature: 8.2 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 8.2 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.255 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Steady - Humidity: 52 %
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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August 30, 2018

Hi Folks,

So after a very busy day I was just sitting on the couch watching the Sox demolish the Marlins last night when WHAM, the rains came! The wind started whipping through the house, slamming an upstairs bedroom door. It was really hot last night so I had the whole house open and all the fans on, so I had to run around like crazy closing windows and sliders. On the good side it did cool things off just a little, so who am I to complain?

This is probably the most up and down summer I can remember, weather wise, with brutal heat bookending darn close to a month of steady rains. Couple that with what is officially the most recorded population increase in squirrels & chipmunks, and it's just overall strange. That's right, if you have noticed a major increase in the numbers of dead rodents on the roads, you are correct. Go figure...

Much of this summer I've been trying to do climbs I haven't done before, or at least climb in different places. Not that I haven't climbed on Cathedral or Whitehorse mind you. But I'm branching out. Last week I headed down to the Wolfeboro/Alton area with Joe & Judy Perez to climb at Rines Hill. People have been climbing there for quite a long time, but it's not that well known. Jon Garlough, George Hurley, and Brad White have put up some routes there over the few years, but it was climbed well before they were there, certainly in the mid-70-s.

To get there go to Wolfeboro from Rt 1`6 and turn left at the traffic light. Continue on Rt 28 and bear right to go toward Alton. Before you get to Alton turn left onto Rines Road, curve right, then where the road turns to dirt (~ 1 mile) bear left and drive 1.2 miles. Look for a old clearcut on your left that goes steeply uphill and a smallish pullout on the right. Walk across the road and follow an obscure climbers trail uphill. The walk in is only about 15 minutes or so. Near the top of the clearcut bear left, following another clearcut to a bit of a landing. Keep your eyes out for cairns! Where the cut goes left and right, look straight ahead for some orange tape that goes into the glade. Occasional tape will lead to the craig. Fortunately I was able to get us there with little difficulty and, just as I had remembered, the rock is nice and the routes fun. It's hard to describe exactly where it is, and the Chinos guidebook to the area doesn't really have what you need to find it either. However the guide does have the route names and some brief descriptions. You can get a copy at IME.
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

We climbed several routes on the right side of the craig: Dike Steps (5.3), Groovy (5.7) and Layback Crack (5.8). There are many more in the 5.7-8 range that are well worth doing. You can easily spend a couple of days there on the moderates. It was well worth the excursion and we plan on returning this fall. Here's a couple of pictures of the day:

DIRTBAG - The Legend of Fred Beckey:
This documentary will be shown at IME this Saturday night. It starts at 7 PM and is $10 at the door.

I got in several good days of riding last week, but last Saturday was probably the best day so far this season. I met my friend Bobby Graver at Hurricane Mt Road with the plan to ride up the road, up the Black Cap Trail to the Cranmore Connector and then ride down the Red Tail Trail. As always, it was really quite a stiff ride up as expected, but a sweet ride down. I've ridden the Red Tail many times, but I've been hearing about a new downhill trail called (appropriately) Hurricane that's in construction but rideable, and I was hot to do it. I tried to talk Bobby into making another run, but he was done, so I decided to head back up again. And I did... Repeats on HMR - WHEW! But I did it with no stops.

So the new trail is accessed about 100 yards from the intersection of the Black Cap Trail and the Connector. It wanders down through the woods and enters a clearcut where it has some truly amazing views and sweeping bermed turns. WOO WOO!!! Then it continues through some more woods and connects with the Red Tail several hundred yards from where the RT opens to the landing & the other berms. All I can say is that it was an amazing bunch of riding and I felt stronger than I've felt on the bike in a while. Here's a few pix.

Seemingly nothing but the occasional mosquito, tick and gnat. Not too shabby folks...

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

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