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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 8:59a on 02/25/21 - Temperature: 28.3 °F - Wind speed: 4.0 mph - Wind chill: 23.8 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.778 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Rapidly - Humidity: 41 %
IceCON 4. Climbs are IN at the usual places and generally at consensus ratings.
4 out of a possible 5
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June 25, 2015

Hi Folks,

Itís a gas to finally meet in person people Iíve corresponded with over the years. This week I finally hooked up with Bobby G, someone Iíve talked with on NEClimbs for quite a while. He lives in DC, but comes up here and weíve talked about getting together, but it just hasnít happened for one reason or another. Youíd think I would have time to get out almost anytime, but it doesnít quite work like that. Go figureÖ

Weíd emailed back & forth and made plans to climb on Tuesday afternoon, but it rained Monday night and when I got up it was still drizzling. SHEESH! I had a appointment at noon and before I left I texted him that I didnít think it was going to happen, but it didnít go through. Strangely enough, I got home and it was clear and breezy and the street looked as if it hadnít rained at all so I grabbed my stuff and headed over there. His truck was parked on the road, but he wasnít there so I hiked in a bit and hollered his name. I heard a call back from up by Weissnerís and he walked down the hill. Very cool -

Things looked wet, but I figured we should just head on up and maybe we could find something dry enough to climb. You never know, right? Everything we looked at from Weissnerís past Robinson Crusoe was sopping, but when we got to the Cakewalk face were were pleasantly surprised that it looked dry. We figured what the heck, so he led the first pitch up to the belay tree in the gully. I followed and instead of going to the tree headed up to the the bolt anchor straight up. I brought him up and we looked around in surprise, everything on the upper wall was basically dry! So, to make a long story short, we climbed the second pitch of Cakewalk, the second pitch of Mr. Moto and the second pitch of Above & Beyond. It was all very nice and dry and was well worth the effort.

It just goes to show you that if you want to climb bad enough, you can often find something to do. Hopefully we will manage to find a bit nicer a day to get out sometime, but all in all this was pretty nice regardless.
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.
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Valley Cycling Notes:
My friends and I like to think that we have some of the best mountain biking in the Northeast right here in our little Valley, tho Iím sure there are lots of good trails all over. Thereís the 25 miles on the west side, the Moat side of town, another 25 or so on the East side in the vicinity of Middle Mountain, Pudding Pond and Redstone, plus probably another 8-10 of interesting stuff around Davis Hill. Whatís often forgotten about is the network of trails and logging roads in the Robb Brook area off Bear Notch Road. If you look on Google Earth you can see just how many miles of roads and trails wind and wander all over that area. If you havenít ridden over there I highly recommend it. You can easily spend a day riding out there. I know that some of the folks who are climbing at Greenís Cliif and Owlís are accessing it from there as well. And if you like that area you can check out the Experimental Forest trails on the Bartlett side of the road or Sawyer River Road & Sawyer Pond. Thereís lots to do so explore & enjoy.

AAC Cragginí Classic Get-together:
Put this on your schedules - September 11-13. More details will come later.

Instant Bug Report - BugCON 3:
In spite of some folks saying that the bugs are horrific, honestly I just donít see it. Iíve been at Whitehorse, Cathedral, Humphreys and riding all over in the woods and feel that they are no worse than any other time, maybe even a little better. So Iím dropping BugCON to a 3.

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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:

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

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