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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 12:29a on 01/23/20 - Temperature: 13.2 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 13.2 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.244 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Slowly - Humidity: 92 %
IceCON 2. Some trade routes are climbable, even in lower elevations.
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December 21, 2017

Hi Folks,

After a couple of fairly mild daze, last night we slipped into the deep freeze. When I got up at 5 to go to the gym it was a very chilly 10 degrees. Then, 1 1/2 hours later when I stopped back at home to pick up my camera to go take pictures it was up to a balmy 13! Up in the Notch at 10:30 it was sunny but a bit on the breezy side and down to 11. I'd planned on doing some climbing, but that's a little cold for my old bones.

It was a warm day on Tuesday and I did get out to Frankenstein with Brad. There were a surprising number of cars in the lot and we saw multiple parties on Standard and Dracula. We climbed Standard Route from the base all the way to the upper tier, then to a tree left of the upper curtain and then I led the only one of the curtain pillars that looked OK. As always it was very thin at the top and was a bit spicy getting to the big tree. I wouldn't recommend it, but that's just how my season is starting off this year - spicy...

On the good side of things, the ice is finally getting fat. I'm expecting that by the next time I get out I will be able to use my original Petal Ergo tools that I totally love, with the new picks. WOO WOO.... I can't wait. I've pretty much beat the picks on my X-Dreams 'till they aren't usable as picks any more. [wry grin]

Here are some pics from that morning.

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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!
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 building well 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

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The fat tire bike riding in the Valley has been very good over the past couple of weeks, and it just got a whole lot better. The trails in the Marshall Conservation Land have been groomed by the local NEMBA group and they are fantastic. You can ride Lucille's, Upper Shumway, The Muzzy Trail, Red's Trail all the way to High Street and several other fun extensions off of Red's. I highly recommend it.

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North Conway, New Hampshire

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