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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 7:59a on 01/12/20 - Temperature: 52.9 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 52.9 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.654 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 100 %
IceCON 1. Climbs just coming in or only in upper elevations like Ravines.
1 out of a possible 5
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May 7, 2015

Hi Folks,

Iíve been doing a lot of house-related stuff this past week. We had some damage to our vinyl siding in a big wind storm in mid-March that required re-sidning the front of the house and doing some patchwork in the back. It was kind of a big job. Because of what had to be done I had to remove the webcam wiring and reroute it into the house in a very different manner. Thatís why the webcam was down for the past couple of days. I also found that there was a problem with the server that uploads the weather station data, and that is now [hopefully] resolved.

When I pulled the webcam out of itís wooden enclosure, I was surprised to see just how rotten the mount it was attached to was. It was actually a real mess, and on top of that there was the remains of a squirrel nest in the insulation that weíd wrapped around the DotWorks heated dome. I gotta think that they probably had huddled there in the winter for the warmth. Hereís what it looked like when I pulled it out and the mess they made:


In addition there were bugs and a spider web that were inside the dome. If you look past the reflection of the house and at the bottom of the image you can see them:


Hereís some shots of the cam in its dome after I pulled it all off the tree, the new wire run into the house through the siding (I calked it with silicone afterwards), and the upgraded mounting system. Arguably I should have painted it, but itís either PT or outdoor plywood so it should be OK


After I got it all working I also updated the various shots that it takes. While I was doing that I spotted a climber on the Recompense beast Flake pitch and got these 2 shots. Not too bad IMO.


Itís Gunks Time:
So Iím leaving tomorrow for George and my annual spring trip to the Shawngunks. We go every Spring and Fall and weíve been looking forward to this trip for a while. George is climbing great tho Iím still nursing a badly sprained finger, but Iím sure we will find some fun things to do. If you see 2 old guys wandering around please stop & say hi.
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 OUT  
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

Cycling Notes:
Iíve ridden almost all the local trails in the past 2 weeks, and all are reasonably dry and rideable. IMO the only mud is where itís usually muddy. On Wednesday a friend and I rode up the Red Tail Trail, down the Cranmore Connector, down the back side of Cranmore and back to the water tank through Crown Ridge. Overall it was generally dry and very rideable, tho there was some mud on Cranmore and the Crown Ridge section wasn't great. In addition, there were at least 5 large trees down on the RT and 2 or 3 on the Connector. The latter in the section from Kettle Ridge to Cranmore. These are trees that will take a chain saw to remove. You aren't going to get them out using a folding saw folks! Hereís a couple of pix of the ride:


Always an adventure, aye?

Instant Bug Report - BugCON 0:
Still no biting blackflies or mosquitoes up here, tho Iím seeing them occasionally. That said, Iíve been encountering ticks in a variety of places including Humphreyís and some of the mountain bike rides Iíve been doing like the Red Trail Trail off Hurricane Mountain Road. You want to be sure to check yourself thoroughly for ticks if youíre out in the woods now. Iím sure that the b/f will be coming out as soon as we get some rain so prepare yourself. [sigh]

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

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