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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 12:30p on 01/21/20 - Temperature: 18.7 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 18.7 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.281 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Slowly - Humidity: 29 %
IceCON 1. Climbs just coming in or only in upper elevations like Ravines.
1 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 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 Click to see route picture.
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

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:

http://www.neclimbs.com/mobile

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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