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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 3:59a on 01/23/20 - Temperature: 10.9 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 10.9 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.217 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Slowly - Humidity: 87 %
IceCON 2. Some trade routes are climbable, even in lower elevations.
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January 1, 2015

Hi Folks,

Well here we are all the way into 2015. Itís hard to believe that the New Year is already upon us, but here it is. I donít know what you did last night, but I played a great New Yearís party in Denmark Maine with the Bruce Marshall Group. I thought about blowing off the report this week, but figured I couldnít let you folks down, so here it is - short & sweet!

Anyway, itís really hard to believe is that we are just NOW getting out ice season started. But in fact that is the case. You all know how much rain and warm weather weíve had, but now here we are after 3 solid days of darn cold temps. And actually thatís just about what it takes to get things going again. No, itís not great, but there IS ice out there to climb. Of course a lot of it is scrappy, but is IS ice. And thatís what makes us all smile this time of year. What we need now is some snow to get things to form up in the places where the melt off the snowpack is what gives us the liquid, like Fang and the Frankenstein Amphitheater. But there are some nice runnels and drools that have formed up that are cool - like Shoestring, Read Between The Lines, some stuff on Mt Washington and others. Bring some stubbies and be prepared to throw in a little rock gear where needed and youíll have a good time.

Enjoy the New Year folksÖ

Mount Washington Observatory MW Valley Weather:
A trough of low pressure will remain overhead today continuing a westerly flow of low-level moisture as well as unseasonably cold temperatures. The moisture moving in will allow for variable amounts of cloud cover with areas in the north seeing mostly cloudy conditions and southern areas seeing mostly to partly cloudy conditions. The moist flow will also bring about the chance of a few upslope snow showers in the northern half of the state. A cold front with the trough will swing through Thursday night into Friday morning bringing continued unsettled weather before tapering and trending towards clearing late in the day as the front exits offshore. Behind the front, a ridge of Canadian high pressure will build from the west allowing skies to continue trending towards clearing Friday night. As the front exits and the high builds, a reinforcing shot of cold northern air will rotate in dropping temperatures below normal once again. When the cold temperatures are factored with the stiff winds over the forecast period, exposed skin will feel even colder when wind chill values are factored. If outdoors for prolonged periods, be sure to have no exposed skin as the risk of frost nip or bite may result.
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 building well Click to see route picture.
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.
For the full current conditions report, CLICK HERE

Here are a few pix from this morning:

Be sure to check out the Mt Webster & Shoestring pix. interesting the party only that far on Webster at 12:30!


More pix are on NEClimbs and Facebook.

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Al Hospers
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North Conway, New Hampshire

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