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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 3:30p on 01/20/20 - Temperature: 18.3 °F - Wind speed: 1.0 mph - Wind chill: 18.3 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.078 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 19 %
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December 18, 2003

Hi Folks,

MORE RAIN? Can you believe it? I almost can't believe it myself. Wednesday's rain event dropped almost 3 1/4 inches of rain here in North Conway. This month alone we've already had well over 6 inches. While not a record, it's pretty darn close. I haven't seen anything like it in the 6 years I've been up here. The south side of West Side Road was closed for several hours this morning due to the Saco flooding, and the north side at the First Bridge near town was even closed for a while.

I was up at Lake Willoughby on Tuesday. We couldn't have picked a better day to climb: no wind, temps just at freezing, and totally bluebird skies. All in all a super day. Amazingly enough we were the only people at the cliff the entire day. We decided to do 20 Below Zero and had to pound through knee and waist deep snow to get up to the climb. Well at least it got us warmed up! <grin> We got a late start so it was running water over Dave on first pitch. He belayed a little to the right, and it turned out to be in a waterfall. I took the second pitch and definitely got rained on as well. Still it was a near-perfect day. Afterward we plowed across to the Tablets. They were in fat and even Crazy Diamond was in good shape! A ride up the road showed that the bottom of the Gentleman and Promenade were thin. Overall there is plenty of ice to be found up there and I would say that this last rain hasn't killed it off all that much.

Here are a couple of pictures from Willoughby:

Mt. Pisgah from the South End
Dave Powers on 20 Below Zero
2nd pitch of 20 Below Zero
Crazy Diamond
Center Tablet
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective January 16, 2020
These pictures and today's Report is actually from 1/15, Wednesday. I knew it was going to be snowing almost all day today and I would not be able to take any pictures, so I went up to the Notch yesterday, figuring that 24 hours would make very little difference. I was pleasantly surprised at how much ice survived the 3 days of record temps and rain. In spite of everything the weather threw at us, there is still ice to climb and while the Frankenstein Amphitheater looks even worse, there are still options. This is a time to be cautious due to possible delamination, but if you want to get out and climb, you can. Just be aware that the next several days will be VERY cold, so dress appropriately and beware of what will likely be some very brittle ice.
Huntington Ravine options - beware avalanche danger  
Repentance OUT  
Standard Route OK but top is a mess again Click to see route picture.
Dracula kind of OK but top out bad! Click to see route picture.
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North Conway, New Hampshire


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