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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 10:59p on 07/04/22 - Temperature: 58.8 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 58.8 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.974 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 45 %
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October 18, 2018

Hi Folks,

Weeee - all of a sudden it feels as if winter is here. Tho I'm pretty certain we're not totally all-in, the signs are clear. October 18th, it's 28 degrees at 6 AM and the flurries are coming down. Of course there is no real chance of any accumulation here in the Valley, but my deck has a dusting. I have to drive to Portland for a rehearsal this morning, and I'm not looking forward to that. Now's the time to allow extra time for every drive.

Every day I've had time to go climbing, it's rained this week. BOOO... But I did get in a couple of rides on funky days and a nice drive up into Crawford Notch with a friend on Tuesday. We are past peak foliage now, but there is still some color down in the lower elevations. As we drove through Bartlett there was still some nice color on the trees, and even up to Arethusa & Frankenstein. There were a lot of folks stopped at the scenic view before Arethusa and I you could see an obvious frost line at about 4,000' in Mt Washington.

As we drove up the hill past Elephant Head, there was an immediate change in the scenery. The couple of days previous had been windy and rainy, and for the most part up there the trees were bare! I had planned on driving Mt Clinton Road across to the Base Road, but there was a sign saying the road was closed at the Edmunds Path trailhead. It didn't say what the problem was, but that road has been getting worse & worse over the past several years.

We turned back and headed back down to Sawyer River Road. I have ridden my bike up there this summer and when they were still working on the road, repairing a washout close to the same place it was washed out from Irene. Now they have fixed it all up and put in a huge new culvert. The whole road is in excellent shape now. As we drove up the road I noticed there there were 4 cars at the trailhead lot for Signal Ridge. It would have been a very nice day for that hike. Interestingly there were no cars up at the gate at the top for the Sawyer Pond trail. Lastly we drove up Bear Notch to check the view towards Mt. Chocorua. There was still color from there and you could see its bare peak standing alone in the distance. On the way back down I noticed that the Experimental Forest road was closed at the top. I'm not sure if it was closed at the bottom as well.
I have to figure that the various notch roads - Evans, Hurricane Mountain, Bear Notch - all will be closed fairly soon. As soon as we get any accumulating snow, the gates will be shut for the season. I'll post a notice as soon as I hear anything.

I'm planning on starting up the Ice Report starting next week. Almost assuredly nothing will be happening for another week or two, and whatever happens will be in the upper elevations or perhaps on Cannon, but it's sure coming. Stay tuned. Here's a couple of pics from Tuesday's drive that include a few pix of Frankenstein cliff. Check out the water stripes. It's always cool that you can see exactly where the climbs form.

ICE FEST 2019:
Mark your calendars folks! Time to start thinking about ice! IT'S THE 26TH YEAR of the 2019 Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest: February 1st-3rd, 2019

The leaves are slippery and the ground is firming up, but there is still lots of riding left in the Valley. You just need to be careful of the possibility of ice in the shade on the bridges in places like Pillar To Pond and slippery rocks. That said, the power line trail on the East side is riding very well right now. The big plus is that you are pretty much fully in the sun out and back. I use that ride quite often on colder days before the big snows come. The same with the Rob Brook off Bear Notch Road.

This is the last of the BUGCon reports for the 2018 season. Tho I'm fairly confident that we'll see a few more warm days, the couple of hard freezes will kill off most all of the annoying bugs. Except possibly for the ticks of course, which seem to hang on no matter what.

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

Personally, I would rather climb in the high mountains. I have always abhorred the tremendous heat, the dirt-filled cracks, the ant-covered foul-smelling trees and bushes which cover the cliffs, the filth and noise of Camp 4 (the climbers' campground), and worst of all, the multitudes of tourists which abound during the weekends and summer months.
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