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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 12:59p on 03/19/19 - Temperature: 32.5 °F - Wind speed: 3.0 mph - Wind chill: 32.5 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.246 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Slowly - Humidity: 13 %
IceCON 3. Ice generally available in the usual places, many climbs fat.
3 out of a possible 5
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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 March 14, 2019
I am absolutely nuts with stuff going on, so this is short... Check out the GIF of Diagonal coming down. it's 42 degrees and rising here in the Valley at 1pm and it was 35 in the Notch when I took pictures. Predictions are for upper 40's!!!! Anything in the sun is VERY problematic right now. Maybe with the exception of Penguin, Standard and Dracula, but be aware of the top curtains on Standard! There is shaded stuff on Willard, like Hitchcock & the Cleft which will likely be fine. But be sure to protect well.
Huntington Ravine options, but beware snow  
Repentance NO Click to see route picture.
Standard Route IN be aware folks! Click to see route picture.
Dracula IN - bring your snorkle Click to see route picture.
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Climbing for speed records will probably become more popular, a mania which has just begun. Climbers climb not just to see how fast and efficiently they can do it, but far worse, to see how much faster and more efficiently they are than a party which did the same climb a few days before. The climb becomes secondary, no more important than a racetrack. Man is pitted against man.
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