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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 1:30p on 02/28/21 - Temperature: 44.0 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 44.0 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.146 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Slowly - Humidity: 36 %
IceCON 4. Climbs are IN at the usual places and generally at consensus ratings.
4 out of a possible 5
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February 16, 2017

Hi Folks,

Yet another snow event yesterday and last night brings the Valley total to around 30" in the past 10 daze! WOO WOO... There was another 2 hour delay for the schools as well. Let me tell you, this is getting old. It was clear in the Valley at 9:30, but still snowing like crazy when got up to the Notch at around 10AM.

From the state of the road, you could tell that the DOT was having trouble keeping up. None of the lots were plowed yet, except for the one at the top of Crawford Notch, Sawyer River Road and the one by Ripley Falls. The lower lot at Frankenstein wasn't plowed, but I feel certain it will be soon.

Not too many pictures from the Notch today. It was snowing such that many of the places I get weren't even visible. I normally climb the snowbank at the Dry River Campground, but it's not 8'+ and almost impossible to climb up on. I couldn't even see any of Mt Willard from the road.

I was reading an article in the Conway Sun the other day that reinforced what I had seen on the regional weather a week ago. Apparently in North Conway the average temperature was 26 degrees in January. This is 7.9 degrees higher than the 30 year average of 18.1! I'm not sure what we're at for February, but it really hasn't felt that cold to me.
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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WINTER PARKING HEADS UP:
NEW GUIDEBOOK - THE NOTCHES BY JON SYKES:
You can get your copy at all the regular climbing shops like IME, EMS and Ragged or online directly from the publisher here:

http://eaglecliffpub.com/climb/ordering/

VALLEY CYCLING:
With close to 30" of snow in the past 10 days the riding has really taken a crash. Things should firm up as the snowmobiles come out this weekend and the temps moderate. Stay tuned...

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


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