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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 7:00p on 03/06/21 - Temperature: 19.8 °F - Wind speed: 1.0 mph - Wind chill: 14.0 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.937 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Rapidly - Humidity: 31 %
IceCON 4. Climbs are IN at the usual places and generally at consensus ratings.
4 out of a possible 5
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April 28, 2011

Hi Folks,

This is getting whacky folks… Those weather folken say poor, and then it's beautiful. then they say so-so, and it's terrible. I'm at a loss to predict anything. I think that the best thing to do is just take it as it comes right now. At least we aren't getting the completely off-the wall weather in the midwest and south. The last thing I want to see is a funnel cloud heading my way!

I am a bit bummed that I didn't get out climbing at all this week. On the 2 nice days, I actually had to work on both. That's right, I'm not retired, and frankly I wouldn't know retired if it came up and bit me on the butt! [wry grin] That said I was able to get out for about an hour and half on the bike in between various tasks on both Monday and Wednesday, both of which were warm and pretty. Monday I rode around town and then up Cathedral Ledge Road. There was just a little snow on the upper part of that road and I had no problem riding it. On Wednesday I rode over to the Scenic Vista and then we decided to ride up Hurricane Mountain Road as far as we could. As it turned out we went all the way to the top and there was no snow on the road to speak of. We came across a female runner heading down the Chatham side and she said that that was clear as well. Go figure… Next on the list is to check out Bear Notch. However only a week ago Passaconaway Road was full of snow, so I have my doubts.

People keep telling me how good the skiing is in Tucks and other places on the Mountain. Apparently, as of a couple of days ago, Pinnacle and Central were fat. I'll bet that will be the case for a bit longer and then it will fall apart very quickly. At least that's my guess.

Frankly I think that the best thing to do now is grab the sunny dry days whenever you can. Sure I'd like it to be dry and balmy all the time, but it's my thought that we're not going to get to that state for a bit longer. I have a couple of new projects on my tick-list that I'm hoping to get to sooner rather than later. But I guess patience really is a virtue. At least I'm not gigging on Saturday and the weather looks as if it may be OK, so I may be able to slip in a couple of hours on some (hopefully) dry rock.
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective March 4, 2021
The answers to a few questions... Yes there is still ice to be climbed. Yes you need to be aware that things are starting to get punky in the sun. No it wasn't wet and drippy today. Yes we'll probably have good ice for another week or two. Yes climbs in the shade, like Dracula and Pegasus, will be good for longer than others. No climbs like Chia, Smear and Cave Route won't be in climbable shape that much longer - Chia in particular. Yes the days are longer and the sun is a lot stronger. Yes ice season is starting to wind down. Yes, it's been a pretty good season and I hope you all have been enjoying it...
Huntington Ravine OPTIONS  
Repentance questionable  
Standard Route IN Click to see route picture.
Dracula IN fat Click to see route picture.
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Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


You could make a guide from the stuff he has done over the years and not reported!(regarding Michael Hartrich)
Dave ?
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