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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 12:29p on 12/11/19 - Temperature: 27.6 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 27.6 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.069 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Slowly - Humidity: 33 %
IceCON 1. Climbs just coming in or only in upper elevations like Ravines.
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The White Mountain Report: Dec 12th, 2019
So we've certainly had our ups and downs with the early season ice so far. Of course this is not totally unusual, just somewhat annoying. We all get ready to climb ice, and it rains and warms up. However, all this rain is surely piping water into the system and that's a good thing. Check out this week's INSTANT ICE REPORT for my take on how things are looking. I think you'll be surprised.
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When it comes in this is a great climb that makes a superb alternative to Dracula. Broken up into 2 pitches, it provides a full-length route that goes to the top of the cliff.

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Anthony Cormier getting a little early season Standard Route.
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Frankenstein, Crawford Notch
Anthony Cormier getting a little early season Standard Route.
Frankenstein, Crawford Notch
Selected Ice Conditions effective December 12, 2019
After the significant warmup (50+ degrees) and the full day of rain we got a few daze ago, I wasn't too surprised about how funky things looked on my travels today. And yet on the other hand, I was quite surprised as just how reasonable other things appeared. Needless to say overall Cathedral isn't IN, tho the North End is actually coming along, all of the Amphitheater at Frankenstein is OUT, the left face of Mt Willard is OUT and lots of other stuff generally looks funky. Yet Standard Route looked reasonable with 2 parties on it this morning and Dracula looked almost unchanged! If we can just hold on to some colder temps and dodge the rain for a bit, we'll be in very good shape. Unfortunately that may not be the case for the weekend, stay tuned...
Huntington Ravine options  
Repentance OUT Click to see route picture.
Standard Route P 1 good, p2 iffy, p3 water  
Dracula probably OK Click to see route picture.
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