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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 5:30a on 11/30/20 - Temperature: 40.5 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 40.5 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.005 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Steady - Humidity: 100 %
IceCON 0. Minimal ice available for the hard core and mixed aficionados!
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December 24, 2015

Hi Folks,

I woke up this morning to more rain after a solid day of rain, a day of dense warm fog and another night of rain. It was Xmas eve day and frankly I was in no mood for what I was seeing. Clearly Santa wasnít going to be bringing me what I most desired, winter! [sigh] I know Iíve been trying my best to put on my best face about the weather weíve been having, but itís getting hard to do now. Sure I have things I can do outdoors like riding, hiking and rock climbing, but like you folks Iím definitely ready for the ICE!

That said, in spite of the weather some folks have managed to eat out a little ice, and even a bit in the lower elevations. The couple of days of chilly temps made some ice form up in Huntington and Tucks on Sunday & Monday. It was interesting was ice formed in the Black Dike, Fafnir and on some of the gullies on Franconia Ridge.


But even more interesting was that although there was barely a speck of ice at Frankenstein, Shoestring Gully came in for a day! Go figureÖ And if you are really Jonesing, you can grab something in Cathedral Cave like Shawn Bunnell and Ben Maxfield did!

Of course on those ďcoldĒ days the temps here in the Valley were just above freezing! [sheesh] I propose that we all to genuflect in whatever direction the ice gods live in, perhaps making an offering of a burnt ice ax instead of a fattened cow. Regardless, there WILL be ice sooner or later. Letís just hope that it happens sooner, rather than later!
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective November 26, 2020
YUP, the ice has been forming in the notches and the higher elevations, tho nothing here in the Valley. People have been climbing in Tucks, Pinnacle and I even heard that there was reasonable ice on Mt Avalon - tho that's a slog. That said, it's not clear where things will be after this weekend's rain and warmup. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. At least all this sure puts some water in the system. [wry grin]
Huntington Ravine Pinnacle has been done  
Repentance OUT  
Standard Route OUT Click to see route picture.
Dracula OUT Click to see route picture.
For the full current conditions report, CLICK HERE

Ice or not, I want to wish all of you a HAPPY EVERYTHING, to steal a turn of phrase from Adam Sandler.


I rode on the east side of town a couple of times this week in between the rains, and in general it was still good. Two great rids are the Rattlesnake Ridge and Sidehill. Both have some leaves, but you can still make out the trail with ease and the roots arenít bad. Just keep on riding that singletrack until the snows come! And then break out the fat tire bike.

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

I had great times leading at Devil's Lake, where the ground was never too far away, and hard to miss if you should happen to fall to it.
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