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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 6:59a on 03/23/19 - Temperature: 33.9 °F - Wind speed: 2.0 mph - Wind chill: 28.5 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.164 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Rapidly - Humidity: 60 %
IceCON 3. Ice generally available in the usual places, many climbs fat.
3 out of a possible 5
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January 17, 2013

Hi Folks,

We have really been riding the weather roller coaster this winter. On Tuesday we saw temps here in the Valley in the mid-50's and I was out riding the bike all over the place. Next we had snow falling all day yesterday, bringing us 4 inches of powder. It still hasn't gotten really cold YET, tho that's in the prediction, and until that happens we're not clearly back into winter. In fact it was a sunny and almost balmy 35 at 11:30 this morning as I was snowplowing my driveway! SHEESH Needless to say that's not what those of us who live up here in the northlands want to see happening. Still, I'd rather be living up here than almost anywhere else.

GO PATS!!!!

Peak Warmth:
Mt Washington ticked off yet another record on Sunday, setting a new high temperature on the summit of 48 degrees at 6AM! That broke the previous high of 47, set in 1995. A high pressure caused an inversion which mage it significantly warmer on the summit than in North Conway. Interestingly enough, due to the inversion it was 50 degrees at 4000 feet. Let's hope we don't see that again until Aprilů

For Your Listening Pleasure:
Kudos to Todd Swain, who sent me links to two very interesting interviews on NPR. Both of these can be listened to online or downloaded as podcasts. One is with Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and the other with Doug Tompkins, founder of North Face and Esprit.

http://www.npr.org/2012/01/13/145181615/yvon-chouinard-founder-of-patagonia

http://www.fromscratchradio.com/show/doug-tompkins

Even More, This Time About Freddie Wilkinson : There have been a couple of interesting articles lately about local climber, alpinist, guide and author. They are all worth a read, so I'm passing them along.

http://www.nhpr.org/post/white-mountains-training-ground-greats

http://dartmouthalumnimagazine.com/the-daredevil/
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective March 21, 2019
It's been a wonderful ice season, but Spring is officially here folks. Thus the sun is strong so it's warm during the day, but it's cold at night. And of course that means that climbs in the full sun are crap, but anything in the shade can still be good and maybe even building a bit. Sure, Standard Route is still massive, but the ice isn't all that good IMO. I was up there today and thought the ice above the cave was punky! Climbs in the reflector oven that is the Amphitheater are a mess now and honestly in my mind it's not a smart place to be. We're entering a time when the best climbing will be up high in the Ravine. And of course the longer days make it a great time to be up there. From here on out I'm only going to be posting pictures of things I think are in climbable shape, and that's a dwindling supply.
Huntington Ravine IN mostly  
Repentance OUT Click to see route picture.
Standard Route climbable, but getting punky Click to see route picture.
Dracula IN - bring your snorkle Click to see route picture.
For the full current conditions report, CLICK HERE

Here are some other interesting pics:

Repentance-Remission.jpg
CathedralLedge.jpg
AngelCakes.jpg
SnotRocket.jpg
Unicorn.jpg
LeftHandMonkeyWrench.jpg
CrawfordTrestleCut.jpg
ShoestringGully.jpg

Be sure to check the Ice Report Page for the full assortment.

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 - http://icefest.blogspot.com/. 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


If you can bang a pin in with your ice axe without anyone yelling at you and you packed the whiskey 'cause it is the only thing that won't freeze, you're probably alpine climbing.
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