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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 11:29p on 03/01/21 - Temperature: 14.0 °F - Wind speed: 2.0 mph - Wind chill: 9.0 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.514 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Rapidly - Humidity: 46 %
IceCON 4. Climbs are IN at the usual places and generally at consensus ratings.
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March 7, 2019

Hi Folks,

Wow have we been on a rollercoaster this past week. Snow, warm, bitter cold... What's next folks? On the good side the ice is fat and blue. Honestly it doesn't get a whole lot better for the first week of March, other than maybe being a tad warmer. HA

So I got out on Tuesday to the North End of Cathedral. I rode the fat tire bike down the road, which was a mess, and climbed Thresher and the Pillars. Both were in great shape.

Today, after I took the pictures, I met up with a new friend James and climbed Pegasus in the Amphitheater. It was in generally great shape, tho was a little bit of a mess at the top as it so often is. The rest of the Amphitheater was in good shape as well. There were parties on Hobbit, the Pegasus Rock Finish, Smear, Cave Route and Chia. Quite a busy day for a very chilly Thursday.

As I was processing the pictures I noticed that I had unknowingly captured a climber on Repentance at about 9 AM with Remission in the foreground. That kind of thing has happened before as I can't really see the details from where I am shooting and it's always a cool revelation. Here's the image:
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective February 25, 2021
It really does feel a little more like mid-March than late February right now, tho this really has to do with a couple of sunny days with temps in the 40's. Of course that's not really a bad thing, as long as it stays cool at night and we don't get any rain. But stay tuned... In general tho the ice is in good shape right now, with a few exceptions where the climbs have been in full sun over the past couple of warm days. The thing to be aware of is that there are places where the ice is punky and snowcone-like or has become undermined. But as long as you are paying attention, you'll be OK. Frankly early to mid-March is really my favorite time to climb. There's nothing like those longer days, more moderate temps and plastic ice. And the occasional warm day when you can get out on some warm early-season rock! What's not to like?
Huntington Ravine IN  
Repentance questionable Click to see route picture.
Standard Route IN Click to see route picture.
Dracula IN fat Click to see route picture.
For the full current conditions report, CLICK HERE

Here are a few interesting pictures taken this morning:

As always the climb-by-climb pics are on Facebook and

With the snow we got on Sunday/Monday it made a bit of a mess on the groomed trails. However, the snowmobile trails are now well groomed and packed, as is Whittaker Woods. So there are definitely places here & there to ride.

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Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

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