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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 6:59a on 03/23/19 - Temperature: 33.9 °F - Wind speed: 2.0 mph - Wind chill: 28.5 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.164 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Rapidly - Humidity: 60 %
IceCON 3. Ice generally available in the usual places, many climbs fat.
3 out of a possible 5
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September 7, 2017

Hi Folks,

Well we had 3 daze of rain here in the happy valley, but it's nothing like what is coming toward south Florida. I lived down there from 1960-1980 and went through a number of hurricanes, some worse than others. But none of them were as bad as Andrew in 1992 which wasn't surpassed until Katrina in 2005.

Frankly I thought I'd gotten away from that kind of thing, only to have to deal with Irene only a few years ago. But now seeing what just happened to Texas with Harvey, and with Irma bearing down on Florida, I'm reminded of what it's like to deal with Mother Nature on that level! Blizzards and Nor'Easters are bad, but rarely come even close to the devastation a Category 4 or 5 can wreak. I still have a lot of good friends in the Miami area and I'm hoping that they can weather the storm OK. Send all your good positive thoughts that way.

I'm heading down to the Isle Of Shoals for a big music event on Star Island for the weekend. Fortunately the weather looks to be OK through at least Monday. Tho there's no real cliffs and it's barely above sea level, there are some interesting features that make it worth bringing a pair of shoes and chalk bag. I'll post a few pix next week if I can. Hopefully the weather will clear up next week so I can get out for a climb or several.

Enjoy your weekend...

P.S. Go Pats!!!
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective March 21, 2019
It's been a wonderful ice season, but Spring is officially here folks. Thus the sun is strong so it's warm during the day, but it's cold at night. And of course that means that climbs in the full sun are crap, but anything in the shade can still be good and maybe even building a bit. Sure, Standard Route is still massive, but the ice isn't all that good IMO. I was up there today and thought the ice above the cave was punky! Climbs in the reflector oven that is the Amphitheater are a mess now and honestly in my mind it's not a smart place to be. We're entering a time when the best climbing will be up high in the Ravine. And of course the longer days make it a great time to be up there. From here on out I'm only going to be posting pictures of things I think are in climbable shape, and that's a dwindling supply.
Huntington Ravine IN mostly  
Repentance OUT Click to see route picture.
Standard Route climbable, but getting punky Click to see route picture.
Dracula IN - bring your snorkle Click to see route picture.
For the full current conditions report, CLICK HERE

MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY ICE FEST 2018:
In case you had forgotten, the 25 annual Ice Fest is coming up. Mark February 2-4 on your calendars and stay tuned. It's going to be a good one!

VALLEY CYCLING:
Well it's been rain, rain, rain the past several days and that's put a damper on the riding - so to speak. I tend to stay off the trails when we have a lot of rain, not because I don't want to get muddy, but because it makes a mess of them. But we had some sunshine this afternoon so I got out for several miles right around Echo Lake and the vicinity. If you haven't ridden these trails, I highly recommend them. And of course you can easily use them as a way to get to the Moat trails and even all the way over to the Marshall system. Sweet...

INSTANT BUG REPORT:
It's hard to imagine it, but I think for the most part the bug season, even the mosquitoes, is pretty much done for. That is unless 3 days of rain gives those pesky blood suckers a place to breed again. I'll see what we get after the weekend and perhaps make a downgrade. At least I hope that is the case.

Mobile Version Of NEClimbs:
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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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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