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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 4:00p on 03/20/19 - Temperature: 43.7 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 43.7 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.139 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Rapidly - Humidity: 24 %
IceCON 3. Ice generally available in the usual places, many climbs fat.
3 out of a possible 5
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July 2, 2015

Hi Folks,

This weekend is July 4th and things are going to be crazy here in our Valley. The tourists are definitely here now and the traffic is very nuts everywhere. If you’re coming into town, often the traffic is totally backed up waaay before the Kanc. While you could take a left and ride out to Passaconaway Road and come back to West Side road, there is a better way. As you come down the hill past Karla’s Pet Rendezvous you will see the Coleman place and Rt 153 on the right. Turn there, take the next street to the left, Cranmore Shores, continue onto Pequawket Dr, wind your way through Quint and then on to Tasker Hill Road. A left will drop you right at the intersection of West Side Road and 16, north of Conway Village. Put this one in your GPS, you will love it in the summer.

Boy have we been going through some up and down weather the past week. It seems like every time I try to go climbing, it rains. And when I say it rains I mean it pours. Yesterday was supposed to only be a day of showers, but it rained cats & dogs almost all day long. Go figure… It was drag that I had to drive to Concord for an all day jazz trio rehearsal, but at least I was inside most of the day. This weekend brings me 1 guiding morning, 4 music gigs, 2 rehearsals and a trip to Portland to take the wife & boy to the airport between now and Sunday night! WHEW. I hope that your holiday weekend is more relaxing.

BTW While on the ride described below, I did spot an interesting slab as I rode down the obvious spur out right we rode as we headed up the forest road. I don’t know what that is, but it’s likely been climbed. In addition we saw a car with Mass plates that was parked up at the top of the forest road, about 200 yards from the intersection of Bear Notch Road. There was a small trail heading uphill right there & I gotta wonder if it’s the newish access to Green’s. Very interesting…
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective March 20, 2019
I rode my MTB up the Mt Willard trail this morning. it was amazing! I was in a hurry in both directions, but as I went through the Notch I glanced at the various climbs. The sun is strong and really baking everything out everywhere. I spotted someone on Standard but everything in the Amphitheater looks poor. The left face of Willard IMO is toast. IMNSHO if it's not in the shade, I would consider it highly suspect.
Huntington Ravine IN mostly  
Repentance OUT Click to see route picture.
Standard Route IN be aware folks! Click to see route picture.
Dracula IN - bring your snorkle Click to see route picture.
For the full current conditions report, CLICK HERE

Valley Cycling Notes:
I took a great explore-ride on Tuesday that started at the bottom of Bear Notch Road, went up the dirt roads on the right that wind up through the Bartlett Experimental Forest to the top of the Notch, rode back down with a stop at the amazing upper overlook, continuing down to a trail on the right (2 boulders) that winds through the woods over a couple of stream crossings and comes out right by the gate at the bottom of the hill. The bit at the bottom is a part of some ski and old hiking trails and is pretty neat. We also tried one up a bit higher, but it got too overgrown to ride. It might make an interesting explore on foot sometime tho. Here’s a picture of the ride:


Peregrine Closings:
I got this rather late this year, but here is the info.- Temporary access restrictions are posted at the following five New Hampshire cliff sites in 2015:

Cathedral Ledge (right/north end only), Bartlett, NH
Holts Ledge, Lyme, NH
Painted Walls, Albany, NH
Rumney Rocks (Summit Cliff area), Rumney, NH
Woodchuck Ledge (right/north end only), Albany, NH

Peregrines are present at a number of additional cliffs where no closure has been posted.  Climbers are advised to alter plans, and report incident, if you encounter aggressive falcons during a climb.  All areas will be open effective August 1.

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

Instant Bug Report - BugCON 3:
I’m sticking with the BC 3 rating right now. Tho the blackflys and mosquitoes aren’t that bad, you gotta still beware of the ticks tho.

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Al Hospers
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North Conway, New Hampshire

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