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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 12:30p on 01/21/21 - Temperature: 17.3 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 17.3 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.618 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Falling Rapidly - Humidity: 60 %
IceCON 3. Ice generally available in the usual places, many climbs fat.
3 out of a possible 5
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October 4, 2018

Hi Folks,

Two days of rain came through this week, yielding almost 1.5 inches of liquid. YUCK... Yes, it made a mess of some cliff area for climbing for a day or two and made my gig at the Fryeburg Fair on Tuesday night, less than enjoyable. That said, the weekend looks great, foliage is ripening fast and I'm sure that things will dry out quickly.

I've written several times about climbing at the newish little cliff out near Fryeburg. Brad and I have talked about the possibility of adding an additional route to the ones already there and last Sunday we got out and did one. This climb starts up on the right side of the cliff just behind a tree. It climbs past 4 bolts, over a small hump/overlap to a 2 bolt anchor. The rock was covered with lichen and moss and took us a couple of hours of effort to get it cleaned off. When we led it the rock was still dusty and a bit dirty, but the 2 days of rain we just had should have cleaned it off.

Brad had the honors for the FA and I did the second. While we were there a couple came up with their young son. I believe that the woman is Heather and I can't remember her husband's name. She grabbed the 3rd ascent of the route, which is still unnamed. Brad and I thought it was abut 5.5 and she agreed.

If you haven't been out there, check it out. It's a nice alternative to everything else and it's all bolted & moderate. A few pix below. Check out the huge wasp nest we spotted in a tree near the trail. It's bigger than my head, and that's big folks. Nope, it's na-da piņata! LOL
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective January 14, 2021
Last week I said that the ice was a mixed bag, and it still seems that way to me. Some things like Dropline and Machine are very good, and some pretty poor, like most climbs in the Frankenstein Amphitheater. But if you're willing to be choosy you can get out and have a good time. That said, there sure are lots of folks out there right now. I don't know if people just have more time on their hands or what. It seems as if every time I go up to Crawford Notch there are a ton of cars and I see people on pretty much everything. The only reason that there aren't the same kind of numbers at Cathedral Ledge, is that it's still pretty crappy right now. I'm sure that's going to change soon tho.
Huntington Ravine IN  
Repentance OUT Click to see route picture.
Standard Route IN Click to see route picture.
Dracula IN Click to see route picture.
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If you're a climber in New England and you don't know about this book, you certainly should. YR&I is a classic history of Rock and Ice climbing in New England from 1916-1989, with an emphasis on the Gunks and North Conway. The original book was written by Guy and Laura Waterman and first published in 1993 and is considered a classic in its genera. It was reissued in paperback in 2002 and has now been updated by local climber Michael Wejchert and rereleased.

There will be a book release party for the new edition this Saturday, October 6th, at IME at 7PM.

ICE FEST 2019:
This years Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest is February 1-3. Put it on your schedule now. You don't want to miss it.

The Bike For Books ride last weekend was wonderful as usual. It was about as nice a day as you could ask for to do a 20 mile ride. Tho we had 2 daze of rain this week, I rode at Marshall yesterday evening and everything was great. With the foliage coming in it's a great time to be in the woods.

NONE but the occasional mosquito...oh, and tick!

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Al Hospers
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North Conway, New Hampshire

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