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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.
1 out of a possible 5
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January 2, 2009

Hi Folks,

'...like a see saw baby, going up, down, all around, like a see saw - da da dum dum dum.' I don't know about you but I've felt as if I'm being jerked around on a string this past month. The ice is IN, it's OUT, it's OUT, it's IN. It reminds me of that old joke about cat Hiku: Wanna go outside. Oh, crap! Help! I got outside! Let me back inside! Just when you think it's safe to get on the ice, it's not. [sigh] Well regardless, the ice is IN right now.

I haven't had a lot to say the past couple of weeks over these holidays. Just too much family stuff and business to wind up and the like to have time for cogitation. Sorry 'bout that folks. Regardless I have gotten out for some personal climbing here & there and it's been a lot of fun. I just have to be sure to grab the fun days when I can & not put it off. Of course I always urge everyone in my family to make a New Year's resolution. "Don't put things off" is a popular one. But for all of us climbers I suggest "Do More Ice Climbing" for our New Year's Resolution. The ice is there for us, now let's just get out and enjoy it. Sounds an awfully similar to "Don't put things off", doesn't it?

Happy New Year
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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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


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