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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 6:29a on 03/23/19 - Temperature: 34.8 °F - Wind speed: 2.0 mph - Wind chill: 30.4 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.132 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Rapidly - Humidity: 69 %
IceCON 3. Ice generally available in the usual places, many climbs fat.
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February 7, 2019

Hi Folks,

What an incredible weekend of climbing at Ice Fest 2019. I hardly think we could have asked for a better weekend. There were a ton of great people, some amazing presentations, fabulous clinics and plenty of ice for everyone. Kudos to Brad White and Rick Wilcox, the Ice Fest Crew and all of the awesome volunteers for putting on yet another stupendous event.

I was fortunate to be a part of this years Fest, guiding on Friday and Sunday. Friday was an Alpine Skills clinic up on Willies Slide. It was a chilly day, but at least it wasn't very windy. Sunday I did an Alpine Still climb up Cinema Gully, across the upper tree ledge and ending up doing a pitch on the East Face Slabs. Both days were highly enjoyable for all concerned.

If for some reason you haven't made it to any of the now 26 Ice Fest, you owe it to yourself to make it to at least one. It's quite amazing
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

For comparison here are a few pictures taken Wednesday and Thursday:

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20190207/chia_Wednesday.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20190207/chia_Thursday.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20190207/cinema_Wednesday.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20190207/cinema_Thursday.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20190207/fang_Wednesday.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20190207/fang_Thursday.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20190207/greatMadness_Wednesday.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20190207/greatMadness_Thursday.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20190207/numberedGullies_Wednesday.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20190207/numberedGullies_Thursday.jpg

And other interesting ones:

http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20190207/Frankenstein.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20190207/CathedralLedge.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20190207/CauliflowerGully.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20190207/ElephantHead_right.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20190207/LHMonkeyWrench.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20190207/MtWashington.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20190207/MtWebster.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20190207/MtWillard.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20190207/MtWillard_upperTier.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20190207/Repentance_Remission.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20190207/SnotRocket.jpg
http://www.neclimbs.com/wmr_pix/20190207/Unicorn.jpg

VALLEY CYCLING:
It's pretty terrible right now, but as soon as things chill down it should be great again.

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Have fun and climb safe,


Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


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