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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 7:30a on 01/23/20 - Temperature: 8.2 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 8.2 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.242 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 81 %
IceCON 2. Some trade routes are climbable, even in lower elevations.
2 out of a possible 5
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November 21, 2013

Hi Folks,

I guess I'll start this week's Report off with a well worn quote:

"Don't shoot the messenger."

Once again the New Hampshire weather has taken us on a roller coaster ride as we head into winter. Last week there was upper-elevation ice to be climbed and ice was even forming in places like Frankenstein. Of course that was before we had a 24 hour period of rain on Sunday and the better part of a week of mild temps. I'd like to say that things have bounced back with some cold nights, but that hasn't exactly been the case.

I took my weekly drive up to Crawford Notch this morning with some degree of skepticism. After all, I've been out riding the MTB pretty much every day this week, so I just had to figure that things wouldn't exactly be what we would want. Unfortunately my intuition wasn't wrong, with a couple of exceptions there wasn't much ice to be seen in the lower elevations. I've posted more pictures on NEClimbs, but you can see a few at the links below.


FYI the shot on Mt Webster is of a climb that's in the shade up and right of Central Gully. It looks neat, but it looks to be an incredible thrash to get up there!

In spite of the poor (dare I say pitiful) state of things right now, there is really no question that we'll be seeing it fairly soon. The main thing we need is some snow and consistent colder temps and I'm figuring that will be here sooner, rather than later.

ThnX so much to the 25 folks who have currently donated to our 2014 fundraiser. I sincerely appreciate your support. This week I've added a couple of incentives to the pot to give folks another reason to contribute to the annual fundraiser. I have a brand-new sealed copy of Jerry Handren's North Conway Rock Climbs AND as an added incentive I will throw in a copy of Rockfax Cathedral and Whitehorse Ledges, Jerry's first guide to the Mount Washington Valley. All you have to do is to make a contribution of $20 or more to the current fundraiser and you will be entered into the raffle.


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Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective January 23, 2020
My goodness, what a difference a few days and a little cold weather will make. The ice has filled in again and we're almost back to reasonable early/mid-season conditions. Last week the middle of Walk In The Forest and Willies Slide were both dramatically gone. As of today both were pretty much filled in. I spoke with a guide who was on Standard 2 days ago who said the middle like wasn't great, but this morning it looked good. I also spoke with someone who described penguin as "epically fat!" There are some predictions for either a rain, mixed or a snow event on Saturday night into Sunday. As long as we don't get a full-fledged rain event things will be great. Keep your fingers crossed folks. (Maybe the toes as well..)
Huntington Ravine options - beware avalanche danger  
Repentance building well  
Standard Route good, MUCH better Click to see route picture.
Dracula IN Click to see route picture.
For the full current conditions report, CLICK HERE

Some S**T:
When I went down to check on the status of the North End of Cathedral, I happened to notice the following. I'm not at all sure what's up with this, but you might want to take a potty-break BEFORE you head to the cliff. And if you see any of the State Park Rangers, mention to them that you don't think that this is such a great idea. ThnX!


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Up on one of the Mount Washington Valley's finest crags and want to know what that climb you're looking at is? Or maybe you're on your way up from Boston and want to check out the Ice Report for your upcoming weekend plans. Or more likely, you're at work just want to daydream about your next adventure. Well if you have a smart phone handy, you can get to NEClimbs from anywhere you have cell service. While it doesn't offer every single feature of the site and it's not an "app", in mobile form, it does do a whole lot and is very useful. Here is the live link to the mobile version of NEClimbs:

Check it out and if you have issues on your specific phone, please feel free to let me know.

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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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