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January 31, 2019

Hi Folks,

Yup, yet another snow storm barreled through on Tuesday afternoon. This one depositing 10" of powder all across the area and more in some locations. It took 3 hours Wednesday morning to rake the roof again and snowblow front and back. By the time I was done I was too pooped to go climbing. FIGURES!

Between the snow and cold from the midwest we've got a real bumper crop of ice out there folks. It's been damn good before this, but now it's pretty amazing. Somehow pretty much every year there is plenty of ice for Ice Fest, but this year things are on a whole 'nother level. If you can tell I'm psyched, you're right. If there is a downside, it's only there there's a lot of snow out there so getting around can be a bit tricky at times. But ya know, I'll still take it.

Now if the temps will just moderate a little bit since I'll be up on Willies Slide for the day on Friday. HA...

When I pulled into the Frankenstein/Arethusa road this morning the first thing I noticed was that the lower parking lot was not plowed! I was quite surprised... I drove up to the top of the road and tho some parking slots were plowed out, the road was actually fairly narrow. With all of the people certainly going to want to park there over Ice Fest weekend, this can certainly be a problem. This may be the status over the whole weekend! I would suggest that you drive to the top, turn around and come back down, let out any passengers on the right side of the car, and pull over as far as you can against the snowbank. The Texaco/Davis Path parking is even more problematic. There is only a single car-width path from the main road down to the bridge across the Saco. As of 10 AM nothing else was plowed! I am not at all sure how folks with cars that are low-hung, or only 2-wheel drive are going to deal with this.

With the expected crowds for the weekend, please be considerate.
Here are some pictures taken today. The normal ones are on Facebook and NEClimbs.

I rode at the Marshall Trails and Whittaker Woods early in the week and both were well groomed and great. After the 10" of powder we got Tuesday night, I'm pretty sure the Marshall trails are a mess. However, since Whittaker Woods is in town and a popular XC ski area, I'm pretty sure it will be all groomed now. On my way up to Crawford Notch this morning I noticed that Sawyer River Road was obviously groomed for the snow machines this morning. It wasn't totally packed down, but I'm sure it will be rideable.

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Remember - climb hard, ride the steep stuff, stay safe and above all BE NICE,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

All ice is dangerous. Grade 4 pillars are pumpy. Grade 5 pillars are pumpy and dangerous. Except for certain rare days of triple-high biorythms and favorable planetary alignments, grade 6 is beyond reach.
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