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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 9:59a on 07/01/22 - Temperature: 72.2 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 72.2 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.869 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Slowly - Humidity: 26 %
BugCON 4: almost too intense for climbing, DEET required
4 out of a possible 5
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March 12, 2015

Hi Folks,

As always, just when you think that Spring has Sprung, Ma Nature puts you in your place. After having some absolutely beautiful days this week, we reverted to winter overnight and this morning. We woke up to a dusting of snow, probably 1/4 inch here win the Valley and as much as 1Ē of powder higher in the Notches. Temps are in the mid-20ís, but the wind is really howling. Iíve seen gusts here at the ledges up as high as 25-30 mph, putting the wind chill at 14-10! I had thought about climbing something on Willard this morning, but after seeing it blowing up there while I was taking pics, Iím glad that reconsidered. I might go for a ride in the woods later today so I can stay out of the wind.

I spotted a large group at Willieís this morning and I felt a bit sorry for them. Iíve been up there many times on days like this or colder and frankly it looked like full-conditions. I just hope they had their puffy jackets and goggles. Check out the obviously swirling winds -


Speaking of spring, the warmth may give a much needed lift to the state of the ice. Iím seeing a lot of melting, and while itís not so good for some things, it can provide a refresh to all the stuff thatís getting sun-baked. Of course those that are in the full sun all day wonít make it very long. Diagonal and a lot of the Mordor ice came down yesterday and I donít think I would want anything to do with Repentance or Remission. In fact I wouldnít walk anywhere near any of that.

As you likely know Iíve really gotten into my new fat tire bike this winter. Itís a great thing to keep my fitness up this time of year and make sure Iím going to be able to jump right back into the MTB season, once the snow is off the trails. Some of my friends who are into it have been mentioning interesting places to ride and one told me that the Champney Falls trail was in great shape so I figured I would give it a try on Monday. Turns out that they were spot-on. Iím not that fast a rides, but with the exception of the couple of steep humps along the way, I was able to ride all the way up in less than 40 minutes. When I got to the falls I spotted a couple of folks setting up a TR on the left side so I walked into the place where the ice started on the floor and said hello. Turns out it was my friend, and master stonemason, Gary Jones with his wife out for an afternoonís fun. It was great seeing them both.


On the way up I hadnít seen anyone, but on the way down I met two 20-something young women in sweatpants and sweatshirts heading up the trail. They seemed a little underdressed considering, but hey - itís not my place right? The ride down was truly wonderful ride that I wish went on twice as long. Iíd love to find more rides like that one in this area.

Brad and I did Goofers on Tuesday morning and it was in great shape, with surprisingly thick ice at the bottom and plastic ice at the top. Even Super Goofer still looked OK, tho there was a V-thread below the ice alcove about 1/2 way up which looked to me as if someone had bailed! We brought Bradís new single 70 meter rope for the climb, knowing that we could easily tension left to the Super Goofer belay tree and come down the gully. Brad had this thought that it would make it all the way down on climberís-left, but I was pretty skeptical. I rapped first and when I got to where I could see the ends of the rope, they looked to me as if they werenít going to be that close. So I stopped and ran in a screw at a place where someone had put in a V-thread and let him come down. He looked at the ends and declared that he felt it was going to make it, with stretch. HMMM, I thought. Bradís got a bit of heft on me, so I figured I would send him down. (Let Mikey try itÖ) He went on down and it turns out he was right. He was able to get to the little rock/snow shelf just right of the gully. Go figure! I clipped in and followed and I was ďjustĒ able to get onto the shelf myself. Thatís worth knowing, tho you can always get off with a single 60 if you go to the tree.


Between ice climbing, xc-skiing and playing on the FT bike in the winter I really do enjoy living up here. If I didnít have all those activities to do I doubt I would still be living up here. The FT bike has been one of my better acquisitions of the past several years and Iím digging it. You can rent one for 1/2 or full day to check it out at Stan & Dan Sports or some of the other local shops. I highly recommend it.
As always, here are a few interesting pix from this morning:


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Al Hospers
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North Conway, New Hampshire

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