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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 7:29a on 02/26/21 - Temperature: 15.6 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 12.9 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.244 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Rapidly - Humidity: 33 %
IceCON 4. Climbs are IN at the usual places and generally at consensus ratings.
4 out of a possible 5
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January 5, 2017

Hi Folks,

We've had some pretty variable weather this past week that's for sure. Heavy snow, rain, warm, cold, freezing rain, sleet, hail, you name it. And while conditions are most certainly weird in places, there is absolutely stuff out there to climb. Needless to say the cold that came in Wednesday night sure helped out a lot and I'll bet that by Friday we're going to be in great shape.

There are some places that still aren't very good yet, or that simply haven't come in at all. A good example of the latter is the Fang area. It looks more like late March, than early January. And while there is ice there, the main portion of Pegasus isn't climbable yet.

Wondering about how much snow we got from the big storm here in the Valley? The measurement was 15+"!

span class="reportSectionHeader">DREAMS ARE NOT GOALS, GOALS ARE NOT DREAMS:
Here's a great article by master climber Steve House. Well worth the read IMO.

Access Fund and Rumney Climber's Association (RCA) are excited to announce that Rumney's Final Frontier has been permanently protected.

In just under a year, the climbing community rallied to raise over $100,000, and RCA now owns the 85-acre property that is home to the Northwest Crags. Access Fund provided RCA with two loans to cover the gap in the purchase price, which RCA will pay back after they transfer the property to White Mountain National Forest.

The Final Frontier is home to the last set of privately owned climbing resources at Rumney--including Northwest Territories, Buffalo Pit, Northwest Passage, Prudential, Asylum, and the western portion of the Black Jack Boulders.

Now that the purchase is complete, RCA will construct a new parking area, toilet, and trail system to the Northwest Crags, alleviating crowding at the main parking area and crags. For the final phase of this project, Access Fund will help RCA transfer the property to the USFS within the next two years for permanent conservation. A huge thanks to everyone who made this victory possible!
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective February 25, 2021
It really does feel a little more like mid-March than late February right now, tho this really has to do with a couple of sunny days with temps in the 40's. Of course that's not really a bad thing, as long as it stays cool at night and we don't get any rain. But stay tuned... In general tho the ice is in good shape right now, with a few exceptions where the climbs have been in full sun over the past couple of warm days. The thing to be aware of is that there are places where the ice is punky and snowcone-like or has become undermined. But as long as you are paying attention, you'll be OK. Frankly early to mid-March is really my favorite time to climb. There's nothing like those longer days, more moderate temps and plastic ice. And the occasional warm day when you can get out on some warm early-season rock! What's not to like?
Huntington Ravine IN  
Repentance questionable Click to see route picture.
Standard Route IN Click to see route picture.
Dracula IN fat Click to see route picture.
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he local bike nerds were out packing the trails, but the big snow and then the ice-whatever made a pretty big mess of things. I would look for places to ride that are popular hiking trails, like Peaked, or snowmobile trails. I briefly checked out Sawyer River Road on Thursday morning and it looked pretty packed. I'll bet that the road behind Cathedral & Whitehorse (Red's Trail), Bear Notch and Zealand would be rideable. The single track stuff probably not so much. This picture was taken on the Swenson Trail on the East Side behind Walmart on the afternoon of the big snow. It was pretty fun.

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

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