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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 7:59a on 01/12/20 - Temperature: 52.9 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 52.9 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.654 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 100 %
IceCON 1. Climbs just coming in or only in upper elevations like Ravines.
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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 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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Al Hospers
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North Conway, New Hampshire


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