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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 4:00p on 01/19/20 - Temperature: 24.3 °F - Wind speed: 1.0 mph - Wind chill: 22.5 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.539 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Rapidly - Humidity: 54 %
IceCON 1. Climbs just coming in or only in upper elevations like Ravines.
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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.

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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 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

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

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VALLEY CYCLING:
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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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:

http://www.neclimbs.com/mobile

Check it out and if you have issues on your specific phone, please feel free to let me know.

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


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