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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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June 8, 2017

Hi Folks,

Several solid days of rain has left most of us in a daze. Thus when the sun came out on Wednesday morning with nary a cloud in the sky, there was a collective and massive sigh of relief in our Valley. I even got out climbing with Brad today up on Mt Forist and it was great. With any luck the weekend will be OK and we will settle back into a more normal weather pattern of mostly sun, with some occasional rain.

ALEX HONNOLD:
Alex Honnold free-soloed El Cap on June 3rd. I saw this headline right after it happened and as I said on Facebook right afterward, "This is almost beyond imagination..." And frankly, it IS beyond my imagination. Someone posted a statement that this may have been the most incredible athletic achievement in history, and I tend to agree. I don't know that anything I can say about it will do his achievement justice, so I'm just going to post the links that I have seen and let you draw your own conclusions.

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/features/athletes/alex-honnold/most-dangerous-free-solo-climb-yosemite-national-park-el-capitan/

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/features/athletes/alex-honnold/interview-rope-free-solo-climb-yosemite-el-capitan/

http://elcapreport.com/content/elcap-report-6317-special-edition-honnold-free-solo-elcap

https://www.outsideonline.com/2190306/why-alex-honnolds-free-solo-scared-me

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/170606-alex-honnold-el-capitan-vin-spd?source=relatedvideo

http://nautil.us/issue/39/sport/the-strange-brain-of-the-worlds-greatest-solo-climber?utm_source=frontpage&utm_medium=mview&utm_campaign=the-strange-brain-of-the-worlds-greatest-solo-climber

And if you're a Facebook member you can check out this picture of Alex and Jimmy Chin right after he topped out-

https://www.facebook.com/AlexHonnold/photos/a.425008157553492.110974.132274126826898/1295491890505110/?type=3&theater">https://www.facebook.com/AlexHonnold/photos/a.425008157553492.110974.132274126826898/1295491890505110/?type=3&theater

Enjoy...
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.
For the full current conditions report, CLICK HERE

VALLEY CYCLING:
After 2 1/2 daze of rain, I took a nice ride on Wednesday afternoon. Amazingly enough the trails on the West side were basically dry. I'm sure that there are places where it's wet, and maybe muddy, but if you stay mainly on the higher trails you're going to be OK. And actually the network around Echo Lake is in great shape. Enjoy...

INSTANT BUG REPORT:
I don't care what anybody says, it's a 4!

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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:

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


Ice climbing is similarly pure. I hike to the base of a waterfall. It is in or out of condition. I am in or out condition. I choose whether I can deal with the riddle that nature presents or not. There's no way to frig it.
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