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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 1:30p on 02/28/21 - Temperature: 44.0 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 44.0 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.146 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Slowly - Humidity: 36 %
IceCON 4. Climbs are IN at the usual places and generally at consensus ratings.
4 out of a possible 5
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November 8, 2012

Hi Folks,

It's been a heck of a week, that's for sure. Lots of work on getting the house ready for winter, the election and now the little Nor'easter that couldn't - at least not up here in the White's! It was quite cold the early part of the week, with temps not getting out of the upper 30's for several days. I rode my bike over to vote on Tuesday and it was 34 when I got back. Then I had to drop the Prius off to get the windshield repaired on Wednesday morning, and it was 25 on the way how! That's pretty chilly on a bike, let me tell you! We know winter is here since we started up the wood stove on Monday and it's barely been off since.

Of course all that cold is good news for building ice. It's been a busy week for that as well. Yale Gully was climbed over the weekend, the Black Dike on election day and then Shoestring on Wednesday. Of course none of this was anything near to being what any rational person would call IN. Blobs of ice, interspersed with rock and occasional semi-frozen turf is more like it. Still, for some it is really good fun. I do like to climb early season ice, but I generally wait 'till I can get a good stick and I'm not sure that is the case right yet. That said, I feel pretty confident that we'll have reasonably climbable ice somewhere by Thanksgiving, unless the weather does something weird. At least that's my hope.

I took the first drive of the ice season up into the Notch this morning, for giggles. The first thing I noticed was that it seems as if the DOT is finally starting work on replacing the bridge that has been out since Irene. That's a pretty cool thing, and about time. Tho there wasn't anything close to climbable ice, there WAS ice on almost everything.
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective February 25, 2021
It really does feel a little more like mid-March than late February right now, tho this really has to do with a couple of sunny days with temps in the 40's. Of course that's not really a bad thing, as long as it stays cool at night and we don't get any rain. But stay tuned... In general tho the ice is in good shape right now, with a few exceptions where the climbs have been in full sun over the past couple of warm days. The thing to be aware of is that there are places where the ice is punky and snowcone-like or has become undermined. But as long as you are paying attention, you'll be OK. Frankly early to mid-March is really my favorite time to climb. There's nothing like those longer days, more moderate temps and plastic ice. And the occasional warm day when you can get out on some warm early-season rock! What's not to like?
Huntington Ravine IN  
Repentance questionable Click to see route picture.
Standard Route IN Click to see route picture.
Dracula IN fat Click to see route picture.
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Stay tuned in folks, it's almost time.

20th Anniversary Mt. Washington Valley Ice Festival:
Believe it or not, you should be putting Ice Fest 2012 on your calendar. This year it's this February 1-3. Plans are already afoot and you can read about them here - If I were you I'd get your hotel accommodations in place 'cause this is going to be a big one!

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

I was once bouldering in solitude in the Needles, when a young female walked up and introduced herself and asked who I was. I told her and continued bouldering. She turned and walked away after a few minutes, saying over her shoulder: 'you can't be John Gill. He climbs much better than that'.
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