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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 1:00a on 03/26/19 - Temperature: 23.6 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 23.6 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.020 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 37 %
IceCON 3. Ice generally available in the usual places, many climbs fat.
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March 1, 2018

Hi Folks,

Well, well well... It sure feels like late March out there this past week. After the brutal cold we had there is a part of me that's ready for spring. But on the other hand, I've just feeling like there are some climbs I still wanted to knock off the winter. But, you just have to take what Mother Nature gives us. It goes with living and climbing in New England.

I talked Brad into riding up to the Notch this morning while I did pictures. I'd seen pics of Elephant Head from a day ago and I figured we could knock that off quickly and we did. It wasn't a good as I had hoped, but it was climbable, tho I didn't think that the screws were very good. Still, it was a climb and we both were happy to be out. Especially since it could easily be one of the last ice climbs for this season.

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20180301/ElephantHead_Brad_1.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20180301/ElephantHead_Brad_2.jpg

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 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

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/20180301/Frankenstein.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20180301/LHMonkeyWrench.jpg

I've been noticing that folks have already been climbing rock here in the Valley. Below is a picture taken by IMCS guide Grant Simmons of Alexa Siegel following on the South Buttress classic Loose Lips. On them way to and from the Notch this morning I also saw cars at Humphrey's Ledge. You still need to be aware of any hidden ice up above, but South Buttress and Humphrey's are usually good to go after a week of dry sunny weather.

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20180301/Loose-Lips.jpg

VALLEY CYCLING:
If you want to ride on the snow right now, all I can say is to get out early. Any later than about 9 AM and it will be slush. It's even better to ride at night when things have set up. I'm not sure when/if the trails will be fully rideable right now. At least until the full thaw!

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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Have fun and climb safe,


Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


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