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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 12:30p on 01/21/20 - Temperature: 18.7 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 18.7 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.281 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Slowly - Humidity: 29 %
IceCON 2. Some trade routes are climbable, even in lower elevations.
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February 5, 2015

Hi Folks,

Donít forget that this yearís Ice Fest is THIS WEEKEND. There is a ton of stuff scheduled, the ice is in great shape and honestly this is something you DO NOT want to miss. Iíve been to every Ice Fest for the past 20 years and I assure you that itís a very spacial event. Being able to see the guest guides up close and in person is a very rewarding tuning to do. I still use the tips that I got from clinics I took from Alex Lowe and Mark Twight many years ago. Clinics are filling up fast, but there are a few slots still available in some groups so check it out NOW.

Get more info here: http://www.mwv-icefest.com


A couple of quick notes about Ice Fest - All of the guides will be working hard to get you folks out there and climbing as quickly as possible so you get your moneyís worth. That means that you will be best served by getting to IME promptly and have all your stuff ready to go. This is especially true for those of you involved in group clinics. There are always a couple of folks who show up late and everyone is sitting around waiting on them. Donít be that person. And lastly, at the risk of sounding self-serving, if you feel as if your guide has done a good job, tip them. These women and men work very hard and often put their well-being at risk, giving you the experience that signed up for. While of course they get paid, anything extra is highly appreciated.

This has been a crazy week work, music, fun and weather wise. While I love the winter, this one has been darn-near unrelenting with the temps rarely getting above the mid-teens. And when they do, like yesterday afternoon and this morning, it feels positively balmy. Iíve gone out a couple of times and I think that the two things I want to mention are be sure to make sure you have that warm belay-jacket and your ice screws and picks are sharp Ďcause the ice is hard right now and itís brutally cold.
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 interesting pix from this morning:

CathedralLedge.jpg
DroplineMachine.jpg
AngelCakes.jpg
LHMonkeyWrench.jpg
MtWashington.jpg
Shoestring.jpg
SnotRocket.jpg
Unicorn.jpg
CrawfordTrestleCut.jpg
Diagonal.jpg
Willard_UpperTier.jpg

More pix are on NEClimbs Ice Report and Facebook.

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


All ice is dangerous. Grade 4 pillars are pumpy. Grade 5 pillars are pumpy and dangerous. Except for certain rare days of triple-high biorythms and favorable planetary alignments, grade 6 is beyond reach.
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