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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 7:59a on 01/12/20 - Temperature: 52.9 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 52.9 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.654 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 100 %
IceCON 3. Ice generally available in the usual places, many climbs fat.
3 out of a possible 5
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January 31, 2019

Hi Folks,

Yup, yet another snow storm barreled through on Tuesday afternoon. This one depositing 10" of powder all across the area and more in some locations. It took 3 hours Wednesday morning to rake the roof again and snowblow front and back. By the time I was done I was too pooped to go climbing. FIGURES!

Between the snow and cold from the midwest we've got a real bumper crop of ice out there folks. It's been damn good before this, but now it's pretty amazing. Somehow pretty much every year there is plenty of ice for Ice Fest, but this year things are on a whole 'nother level. If you can tell I'm psyched, you're right. If there is a downside, it's only there there's a lot of snow out there so getting around can be a bit tricky at times. But ya know, I'll still take it.

Now if the temps will just moderate a little bit since I'll be up on Willies Slide for the day on Friday. HA...

When I pulled into the Frankenstein/Arethusa road this morning the first thing I noticed was that the lower parking lot was not plowed! I was quite surprised... I drove up to the top of the road and tho some parking slots were plowed out, the road was actually fairly narrow. With all of the people certainly going to want to park there over Ice Fest weekend, this can certainly be a problem. This may be the status over the whole weekend! I would suggest that you drive to the top, turn around and come back down, let out any passengers on the right side of the car, and pull over as far as you can against the snowbank. The Texaco/Davis Path parking is even more problematic. There is only a single car-width path from the main road down to the bridge across the Saco. As of 10 AM nothing else was plowed! I am not at all sure how folks with cars that are low-hung, or only 2-wheel drive are going to deal with this.

With the expected crowds for the weekend, please be considerate.
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 OUT  
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

Here are some pictures taken today. The normal ones are on Facebook and NEClimbs.

I rode at the Marshall Trails and Whittaker Woods early in the week and both were well groomed and great. After the 10" of powder we got Tuesday night, I'm pretty sure the Marshall trails are a mess. However, since Whittaker Woods is in town and a popular XC ski area, I'm pretty sure it will be all groomed now. On my way up to Crawford Notch this morning I noticed that Sawyer River Road was obviously groomed for the snow machines this morning. It wasn't totally packed down, but I'm sure it will be rideable.

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

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