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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 3:00p on 04/03/20 - Temperature: 53.8 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 53.8 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.714 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 100 %
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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 March 27, 2020
The ice is done and I am no longer issuing reports. I had someone text me personally asking about the status of ice in the Ravines. Even if I know something, I am no longer going to answer those questions. IMO it is irresponsible to be climbing, other than maybe on a top-rope at this time. I know it's beautiful out there right now. I GET IT! But climbing is generally a group, or at least duo, activity. Everyone touches everything. And if I touch something of yours, that means I have touched everything that you have come in contact with for the past 14 days. I love climbing and the group dynamic as much as anyone, but climbing right now is simply not worth the risk. You simply cannot guarantee that you are 100% safe and put everyone in jeopardy.
Huntington Ravine OUT  
Repentance OUT  
Standard Route OUT Click to see route picture.
Dracula OUT 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


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