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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 1:30p on 01/21/21 - Temperature: 17.9 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 17.9 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.586 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Rapidly - Humidity: 60 %
IceCON 3. Ice generally available in the usual places, many climbs fat.
3 out of a possible 5
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December 2, 2004

Hi Folks,

Riding up to Crawford Notch this morning to check on the state-o-the-ice I thought to myself that it was time to say goodbye to rock season. It was below freezing, snow was on the ground and once I got above Bartlett there were a lot of flurries obscuring everything. Yet here it is at noon in our Valley and it's sunny and almost 40 in the shade. What's an ice climber to do?

Of course one thing you can do is to go rock climbing. Last Wednesday Brad White and I got in a day's efforts on Humphrey's and this Tuesday we did the same. It was a sunny day and from 10 until 2 it had to be at least 50 in the sun! Of course when the sun dipped behind the clouds it quickly chilled off. There also was a ton of water pouring off all the crags in the area. Cathedral has been steadily turning more green with moss and Humphrey's as wet as I can remember. You could even hear gurgling inside the cracks and crevices as we climbed. Still it was a wonderful time to be out, even if it were to be the last time. But you never know, do you?

It's hard to get excited about ice season when things are this slow to get off the ground. Fortunately I've been able to grab a few days here and there to keep my interest up, otherwise I'd be a very frustrated puppy. You can only spend so much time sharpening screws, tools and crampons before you just want to get out there & bash some ice!

There has been ice in the ravines consistently since the end of October. Certainly not as much as we all would like, but not terrible. People have been grabbing Pinnacle, Central and Odell's occasionally for a while now. As usual, Tuckerman has had some early season ice for several weeks that's attracted a number of intrepid individuals. Ice has formed left of Left Gully and on the right side in the obvious corner that has been fun to play on. I was in Tucks on Saturday and the climbing was pretty reasonable. After a very cold and windy Friday I was concerned that we would even be able to make it to the headwall, but it turned into a very nice day. here are a few shots you might like:

Left of Left
Right Corner
Landscape shot

It poured rain on Sunday and I would have thought that the conditions would have significantly deteriorated, however some friends went up on Monday and said again it was reasonable. They climbed up on the right, trended back left and up over the headwall to the Alpine Garden and came down the Summer Lion's Head trail. The said it was mixed ice and snow and fun, tho the Tucks trail was pretty bad.

I know I keep harping on the state of the ravine trail, but it has been as bad as I've ever seen it. As of Monday there was a lot of ice above the dogleg, and even the rocks you can normally hop on are covered with a film of verglass. It was quite hard to walk on the side as you normally would as well. Be more cautions than normal.


Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective January 14, 2021
Last week I said that the ice was a mixed bag, and it still seems that way to me. Some things like Dropline and Machine are very good, and some pretty poor, like most climbs in the Frankenstein Amphitheater. But if you're willing to be choosy you can get out and have a good time. That said, there sure are lots of folks out there right now. I don't know if people just have more time on their hands or what. It seems as if every time I go up to Crawford Notch there are a ton of cars and I see people on pretty much everything. The only reason that there aren't the same kind of numbers at Cathedral Ledge, is that it's still pretty crappy right now. I'm sure that's going to change soon tho.
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