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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 2. Some trade routes are climbable, even in lower elevations.
2 out of a possible 5
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February 23, 2018

Hi Folks,

Man I'm trying to stay positive here, but it's tough... The 67 degree breeze yesterday sure felt nice in a way, but between that and the 2 daze of 40+ before that we really did take a hit. That said, we had a similar situation last year at almost exactly the same time. Right after that we had snow and cold and the ice all reformed like gangbusters.

I really don't get what's happening with this weather. We used to get a single January thaw that lasted a few days and then it was back to winter until at least the middle of March. Over the past several years we've had the January thaw, followed by another one that happens right around the middle of February - right during February school vacation break. For our economy, all dependent on seasonal recreational activities, it's pretty brutal. Even tho I kind of like the break from the long winter, I can get a better break by heading south for a couple of days. Well, nothing we can do about it so just go with the flow.

SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION:
As you must know, I play a lot of music in the area. I'm playing a concert featuring the music of jazz pianist composer Thelonious Monk celebrating the 100th anniversary of is birth. It will be at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at the Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg Maine on March 2nd. I'm privileged to be playing with the best musicians in the area and it's going to be amazing. If you're in town and looking for something to do on a Saturday night, I promise it will be world class! But be sure get your tickets in advance as it will surely be sold out.

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20180222/BradleyJazzCollective_Monk.jpg
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

Of course the regular Thursday ice pix are on NEClimbs.com and Facebook, but here are some of the other pix.

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20180222/Cathedral.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20180222/Diagonal_Mordor.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20180222/Dropline_Machine.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20180222/Frankenstein.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20180222/LHMonkeyWrench.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20180222/Repentance_Remission.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20180222/SnotRocket.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20180222/Unicorn.jpg

VALLEY CYCLING:
It's tough right now. You can ride places where it's been really packed out, like snowmobile trails, but you're going to need studded tires because of the ice. Probably the best places to ride right now, at least until things firm up again, are places like Whittaker Woods and Great Glen or possibly Bear Notch or Sawyer River roads. Be aware that there is ice here & there on all the trails and studded tires are recommended.

MT WASHINGTON BACKCOUNTRY SKI FESTIVAL


March 10-11, 2018 - Presented by The North Face

The second annual Mt Washington Backcountry Ski Festival is a gathering in the White Mountains of New Hampshire for backcountry skiers & riders of all abilities. While geared towards backcountry skiers and snowboarders, there are events for climbers

White Mountain Report readers can use the code of 2018nec10 to get 10% off the Full Weekend registration or Apres Ski Party tickets. Full details and registration options can be found on the website and Facebook:

https://www.skimtwashington.com
https://www.facebook.com/skimtwashington/

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Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


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