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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 7:29p on 02/25/21 - Temperature: 25.2 °F - Wind speed: 5.0 mph - Wind chill: 23.5 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.973 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Rapidly - Humidity: 27 %
IceCON 4. Climbs are IN at the usual places and generally at consensus ratings.
4 out of a possible 5
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September 14, 2017

Hi Folks,

I was out on Star Island in the Isle Of Shoals all weekend and as always it was a wonderful experience. If you've never been out there, I highly recommend it. I go there this time every year and believe it or not I always get in a little climbing, besides playing 4 days of almost constant music. I simply don't know how much better a vacation can be.

Here's a few pictures that will give you an idea:

There is really nothing quite like bouldering on these fantastic outcroppings right by the ocean. I look forward to a couple of hours doing this every year.

I was hoping to get out for a climb on something here in the Valley when I returned, but it was almost not to be. None of my regular partners were available and I had almost given up, when I got a text message from my friend Matt Bowman. He and his lovely wife Jenna were planning to climb Thin Air Thursday morning and I basically invited myself along. [wry grin] Amazingly there was no one on the cliff at all and we ran up the climb in good time. I rarely follow climbs and it was a total blast to play the "third client". We topped out, traversed over to the Saigon anchors and rapped. It doesn't get a whole lot better than this.

BTW - tho it has been warm, and will be so through the rest of the week, the weather is definitely changing. I'm seeing the leaves in places starting to turn and it's clear that fall is starting to peek over the horizon.

I received a very disturbing email just before I went away on my vacation regarding anchors. according to the person who sent it, he has found some anchors that apparently have been deliberately made unsafe. I have no way to verify this information, but regardless it brings up something that we all should do on a regular basis, which is examine any and all fixed anchors BEFORE we clip in or rappel from them. While I have never personally seen any that were sabotaged, I have seen many that were basically worn out or damaged by animals. Simply assuming that an anchor is good, is a bad idea - most especially when the outcome of an anchor failing can be catastrophic.

FWIW I received the information in a .DOCX file, which I was unable to convert to something more useable than a JPG. Regardless, here it is. Make of it what you will...
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

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!

No rain to speak of and unsurprisingly the trails are bone dry. I've been doing a variety of loops lately and one of them takes me over to the Redstone Quarry. If you haven't ridden there, I highly recommend it. It's a beautiful and unique place with some amazing artifacts of a different time. Here's a picture:

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.

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
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North Conway, New Hampshire

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