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December 1, 2016

Hi Folks,

Incredibly busy this week, so this will be short and sweet. I have been getting calls, texts, emails, PM’s one Facebook, tweets (well maybe not tweets) all asking if there will be ice to climb this weekend. IMNSHO (in my not so humble opinion for the uninitiated) there will be NO ICE in the lower elevations this weekend! We have had 3 days of rain, totaling almost 3 inches, and what little was there on Monday, has been washed away. Sure there are fragments, but nothing that is safe in any way.

Is that a bad thing, well I suppose it depends on your point of view. If you have your tools, crampons and screws all sharpened up and are totally Jonesing for ice to climb, obviously the answer is a resounding YES. If you are like some of us who have been living through the drought for the past year, well not so much. Getting 3 daze of rain, just before ice season, while the ground is still unthawed, is actually a good thing. Once we get some cold, which should happen around the first of next week, we will be good to go. In the meantime, ride the bike, grab some dry rock on Saturday or Sunday if you can ‘cause it’s going to be sunny and warmish, and enjoy. Winter will be here soon enough.

If you want to see just how wacky the weather has been up here, here are a few pictures from Monday. While I was riding my bike on the trails one the East side, Matt Bowman was guiding someone up in Crawford Notch. Go figure aye? Regardless, none of that ice is there now, and the trails are too wet to ride as well.

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20161201/bike.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20161201/Bowman_UpperTier_11-28.jpg
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http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20161201/Bowman_UpperHitchcock_11-28.jpg

LOCAL NOTES:
Bear Notch, Hurricane Mountain and Evans Notch Roads are closed for the season, as is Cathedral Ledge Road.

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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

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http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20161201/fang.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20161201/dropline.jpg

And YES, that is a LOT of water you are seeing! Waterfalls everywhere…

VALLEY CYCLING:
The trails have been great, but now there’s a bit of snow here & there. I figure that after the rain and when it warms a bit on Saturday, it will all be OK for a while. It’s time to get your fat tore bike cleaned up and tuned. Like the ice season, fat tire season will be here before you know it!

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20161201/bike.jpg

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


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