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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 3:29p on 02/24/21 - Temperature: 39.8 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 39.8 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.703 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Slowly - Humidity: 43 %
IceCON 4. Climbs are IN at the usual places and generally at consensus ratings.
4 out of a possible 5
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February 19, 2015

Hi Folks,

Itís been a brutal week since last we spoke. We have continued to get battered with storms and cold temps. And yet tucked into that was yesterday - an absolutely bluebird day with temps around 31 at 2:30 pm. It gave us all some hope that this winter will woo come to an end and that spring will spring sooner, rather than later. Of course we got slapped in the side of the head last night, waking up to 7Ē here in the Valley. Itís not surprising, and it certainly a lot better than what you peeps in Boston are going through. As Iím writing this itís snowing and 26 degrees, go figure.

Fatality On Mt Washington:
As Iím sure most of you are aware, a young woman died on Mt Washington on Sunday after attempting a northern Presi traverse on one of the worst possible days weíve had this winter. It is always easy to criticize and Monday morning quarterback incidents such as this and Iím sure it will be discussed at length in next yearís AINAM. Some people have a different take on risk. I am, and have always been, fairly risk-adverse in the mountains. Perhaps there was a lull in the weather as she came out of tree line by Madison and she thought she could make it across. Apparently she was experienced in mountain travel, yet clearly she made a critical mistake. We likely will never know exactly what happened. She was found ďÖ1/4 mile from Madison Hut, southeast on Star Lake Trail, 50 yds east off trailĒ, her pack contents consisted of mostly tech gear, no sleeping bag or bivy gear!

Below are some articles about the incident and a video taken by a member of the search team. RIP

http://www.conwaydailysun.com/newsx/local-news/119239-wilcox-says-woman-s-climbing-death-monday-offers-lessons
http://trailtosummit.com/new-hampshires-presidential-range-claims-another-life/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP4u6VyrgCk&feature=youtu.be

Rock In The Caucasus:
The deadline of March 1 is almost upon us for submission of applications for the AAC delegation to the Rock Us in the Caucasus 2015 event in Armenia and Georgia this September. Want to go climb in Armenia and Georgia this summer? APPLY NOW

rockusinthecaucasus.com
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective February 18, 2021
There is certainly a good crop of ice in the lower elevations right now, yielding some excellent climbing. That said, we can use some more moisture in the system to refresh what we have. The combination of continually cold temps and cloudy days hasn't really helped things grow. A couple of days of warmer weather while staying cold at night, low 30's and sunny and mid to low 20's at night, or perhaps a single day of rain would really help a lot. Who knows - considering that we're 2/3 of the way through February, that might actually even happen. On the positive side, we have a good snowpack and the days definitely are getting longer. I do love ice season, but I ReALLY love those warmer and longer March days when the sun is stronger and it's light 'till 5.
Huntington Ravine IN  
Repentance a tough send, tho it's been done  
Standard Route IN Click to see route picture.
Dracula IN Click to see route picture.
For the full current conditions report, CLICK HERE

Here are a few interesting pix from this morning:

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AngelCakes.jpg
CathedralLedge.jpg
LHMonkeyWrench.jpg
Shoestring.jpg
SnotRocket.jpg
WillardUpperTier.jpg
Unicorn.jpg

As always, more pix are on NEClimbs Ice Report and Facebook.

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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:

http://www.neclimbs.com/mobile

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


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