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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 11:29p on 07/04/22 - Temperature: 57.8 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 57.8 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.976 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 49 %
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February 2, 2017

Hi Folks,

WOW WOW WOW folks. Ice Fest 2017 starts freakin' TOMORROW! As usual I'm involved, but even so I really can't believe it's here. I've been coming to Ice Fests since even before I lived here, and that's been 20 years. I've seen the event grow over the years, and now it HAS to be one of the premier events of it's type in the country, if not the world.

If you read the Report you'll see that the ice is good, the manufacturers and gear are many, and the clinics are full. I'm looking forward to seeing tons of folks I know and meeting lots of new plus I'll be working 2 Alpine Skills clinics up on WIlleys on Friday and Sunday. The weather looks great and I'm sure that this is going to be a incredible weekend. You know it's busy when they're even calling in the old guys.

It's going to be chilly on Friday, so bring that belay jacket, and we may get a little snow - woo woo. So forget your worries, don't talk politics and savor the ice and camaraderie. And looking ahead to Sunday, GO PATS!

One last note... There's going to be a LOT of folks out there all weekend. Everyone will be vying tor their spot on the ice. So just be respectful to your fellow climbers and take your turn.

I hope to see you there.
Here's a few pix from Thursday morning.

The regular climb-by-climb pix are on and our Facebook page.

The trails are generally in good shape, but on the icey side in many places. Studded tires are generally recommended. There are places I've been riding where you can just ride on top of the crust, but that can change at any minute. I have friends who rode up onto the top of South Moat the other day and the pictures I saw looked great, but they said that without studs you would be in trouble!

That said I rode Sawyer River and Bear Notch Roads over the past several days and studded tires are unnecessary. Sawyer was softer and had more snow, making it more difficult at times to keep from stopping. I can ride that from bottom to top in the summer and never stop. This time I had 4-5 places where I had to push through some 3-4" patches, in spite of the fact that there were lots of snowmobiles up there. bear Notch was much better. I never stopped other than to take some pictures at the 1st and 3rd scenic vistas. there were lots of snowmobiles up there and all were generally respectful, slowing down and moving over. The reality is that a bike can only ride where it's firm and they can go almost anywhere. I did move over wherever possible however. here's a picture from Bear Notch.

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
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North Conway, New Hampshire

My once-keen analytical mind has become so dulled by endless hours of baking in the hot sun, thrashing about in tight chimneys, pulling at impossibly heavy loads, freezing my ass off.... so that now my mental state is comparable to that of a Peruvian Indian, well stoked on coca leaves..
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