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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 3:00p on 01/20/20 - Temperature: 17.8 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 17.8 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.072 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Steady - Humidity: 23 %
IceCON 1. Climbs just coming in or only in upper elevations like Ravines.
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January 19, 2017

Hi Folks,

I'd like to be here saying that we've got a 5 star season and that stuff has formed that almost never comes in and that it's the best season in many years. However, while things aren't terrible, they aren't totally great either. Stuff that doesn't get a whole lot of sun, like Standard Route and Dracula, are pretty good, or maybe even great. However, stuff that gets sun, like the Frankenstein Amphitheater, is mediocre at best. Pick your climbs carefully grasshopper...

Speaking of Frankenstein I went up there with Brad today. After taking the pictures we waked in and climbed Standard Route. While the climbing is overall good, it is somewhat mushy in places. Still, it was great to rope up and do it as a multi pitch route for a change. I brought all my fancy new Petal and BD screws and they just run in so sweet. We even brought Brad's new fluorescent orange 70 meter Petzl rope that's super light. I led the first bit up the middle, past the cave and all the way to the upper tier! Then he led all the way to the top. It's so cool to be able to do that. Remember when you had 50 meter ropes and Standard took 4 pitches? I sure do.

Did I mention that we need more cold temps? No? Well we REALLY need some consistent cold temps right now. And with Ice Fest only a couple of weeks away, we've all got our fingers crossed. And maybe even our toes as well. Speaking of Ice Fest...

ICE FEST 2017:
Don't forget that the 2017 Ice fest is coming fast, February 3-4-5. If you've been to one, you know just how great it is. If not, you owe it to yourself to come out and enjoy the festivities. There are clinics, events, presentations, demo gear and just the feeling of being a part of a fantastic celebration of the ice climbing sport that we all love. For the latest information, check out the blog here:


I hope to see you there.
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

Here's a few pix from Thursday morning.

The regular stuff is on and our Facebook page.

You can ride almost anywhere right now. Just get a fat tire bike and get out there. Lots of great stuff to ride, I mean it!!!

NOTE - if trails are at all soft and you see any ruts from your tracks, don't ride these trails. Let's keep them in good shape.

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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:

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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