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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 3:30a on 02/28/20 - Temperature: 22.4 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 22.4 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.416 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 43 %
IceCON 2. Some trade routes are climbable, even in lower elevations.
2 out of a possible 5
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April 4, 2019

Hi Folks,

So here we are friends, for all practical purposes at the end of what has been unequivocally a GREAT ice season. Most likely one of the best in many years. Oh sure, you can eke out a bit more here & there; probably Dracula, The Money Wrench and Cleft for a few more days, Willies Slide, the Black Dike and of course there is always the Ravines. But for most of us, it's time to find some safe, dry and sunny rock and dream of dusty mountain bike trails.

I want to thank everyone who has supported the Ice Report and NEClimbs this year. It's been a lot of fun for me on so many levels. Of course the White Mountain Report will still come out every week, but with the emphasis on rock climbing and mountain biking, my two "other" passions. I have several interesting climbing projects that I've had my eye on that hopefully will come to fruition. I'm also hoping to get in at least one trip to the Gunks if I can talk George into heading down that way with me. Stay tuned...

It's time to start thinking about climbing rock, tho that is not without it's own concerns for sure. Here in the Valley the two logical places to climb early season are Humphrey's Ledge and the South Buttress of Whitehorse. As of right now, they are probably the safest places to be on rock. But of course they do have places where you need to be careful getting there. IMHO there are NO safe places to climb rock on Cathedral Ledge or the Whitehorse slabs or Echo Roof. We need some rain and warm sunny days to clear off all the hidden snow and ice on the moderate route places like the Whitehorse slabs. Just give it some time...

Here's some pictures of local rock:
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective February 27, 2020
I knew it was going to be bad Thursday, so when there was a lift in the fog on Wednesday morning I scooted up to the Notch to check things out. It was 36 degrees in the Notch at 9:30 and it was pretty clear that the ice had taken a pretty good hit. In spite of that there was a party on Standard Route. It rained heavily Wednesday night and Thursday morning and I haven't seen the ice today, however I gotta think it's a mess right now. If it's cold like predicted tonight and the next several nights, things should firm up. It's hard to believe that the ice season is done, but it's not going to be great for a while. And you need to be aware that the amount of water that's come down has gotten behind stuff so be careful.
Huntington Ravine snow snow  
Repentance OUT  
Standard Route still climbable Click to see route picture.
Dracula still climbable 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

I finally knocked off one of my major bucket-list items yesterday, riding up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to Ho Jo's. I gotta admit that I probably only rode 20% or so of the trail. Besides being steep in many places, it was somewhat chewed up from the snow cat. Still it was a fun ride/hike-a-bike. It did make me decide that getting one of those big "wolf" gears for my rear cassette was going on the list. I also rode down the Sherburne ski trail. I'e heard that people are doing it on occasion, so I decided to give it a shot. There was one scary icy bit about 1/3 of the way down and 2 bits that I got off and walked because they were wicked steep. It was very well packed out and firm and I left less of an impact than the folks who herringboned on the way up. Of course I would never have done it if the trail hadn't been very firm! Ride time round trip was 1:58.

Highly recommended...

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

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