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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 5:59p on 04/02/20 - Temperature: 41.2 °F - Wind speed: 1.0 mph - Wind chill: 37.8 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.435 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Steady - Humidity: 79 %
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March 24, 2005

Hi Folks,

The weather this week has been a real tease for everyone. You ride down the road and the snowbanks are all brown and look like the ground, but of course they aren't. That said we are starting to get patches of exposed ground where the sun is melting the snow and that's enough to get us all thinking about, what else, ROCK!

Of course the rock season has already started at places like Rumney, if it every stopped! People here are going out to Humphrey's and Sundown trying to grab the sunny pseudo-warm and bug-free days while they can. It is a time when you have to be careful tho. George Hurley and friend were at Humphrey's this week when a large chunk of ice fell off directly above them, fortunately disintegrating in mid-flight. They were lucky. I went over past Whitehorse yesterday and I think it will be a long time before anyone should attempt any climbs on the right or middle. However once we have a few more dry days the South Buttress should be good.

Whatever you do out there just make sure that there isn't some ice lurking in a crack above your head. It's a tricky transition time and maybe one that is better served up on Mt Washington or on a bike. <grin> Hey, I've already gotten in 4 good rides this week.

Oh yeah, one more thing. The Valley didn't get ANY of the snow that hit Southern NH & Massachusetts! Right now it's 44 and sunny. Eat your heart out.

Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective March 27, 2020
The ice is done and I am no longer issuing reports. I had someone text me personally asking about the status of ice in the Ravines. Even if I know something, I am no longer going to answer those questions. IMO it is irresponsible to be climbing, other than maybe on a top-rope at this time. I know it's beautiful out there right now. I GET IT! But climbing is generally a group, or at least duo, activity. Everyone touches everything. And if I touch something of yours, that means I have touched everything that you have come in contact with for the past 14 days. I love climbing and the group dynamic as much as anyone, but climbing right now is simply not worth the risk. You simply cannot guarantee that you are 100% safe and put everyone in jeopardy.
Huntington Ravine OUT  
Repentance OUT  
Standard Route OUT Click to see route picture.
Dracula OUT Click to see route picture.
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