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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 2:29a on 02/26/21 - Temperature: 19.8 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 19.8 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.100 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 35 %
IceCON 4. Climbs are IN at the usual places and generally at consensus ratings.
4 out of a possible 5
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April 25, 2019

Hi Folks,

So from a long Report last week, to a shortish one this. What can I say? Some weeks there's just a lot to talk about, right? This week has been up and down as we all anxiously await the ICE OUT all-clear. And honestly, we darn sure may be there.

While the main wall area at Humphrey's has been doing pretty well, like many others, I've been somewhat patiently waiting for Cathedral and Whitehorse to be clear of ice & snow. We've had warm and sunny days alternating with warmish-rain and pretty generally warm nights, which has encouraged the ice and snow on the cliffs to sublimate away. The hard-packed snow in my north-facing back yard has been rapidly fading, tho there are shady spots that still have a bunch. Along those lines, the cliffs have been doing pretty well. In fact when I looked at them this morning on my way out for a bike ride, I was pleasantly surprised at how clear they looked. It inspired me to take a few pictures this afternoon. While not great, I think you can get the picture. There are wet streaks in lots of places, some you can see and some not. But from what I can tell for the most part the ice up on the cliff is darn close to gone. Of course there is still a lot of snow on the ground at both Cathedral & Whitehorse so wear something other than sneakers to access!

NOTE: I DO NOT take any responsibility for anything that you or I don't see up there, and you can make your own assessment from my pix and your own observations. You are responsible for your own safety!
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.
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I'm still out on the road bike 3 or so days a week right now, waiting for those mountain bike trails to dry out. SIGH By next week the upper level ones that are in the sun are likely going to be OK - IF you can get to them! The main thing would be not riding anything that's muddy or really soft. Sure it's fun, but it makes a mess of all the work we've done developing things.

Late last week I rode down West Side Road and out Passaconaway to the gate. There was still a lot of snow in the woods and still more past the gate. It was a warm morning and there was also a lot of fog in places on Passaconaway by the river. At the very end of the road I saw what looks to me like a leg of a deer laying in the middle of the road, stripped clean of flesh. I didn't see blood spatters anywhere around so it was probably dumped there by some predator or scavenger. I also rode up Crawford Notch from Arethusa a couple of days ago and that was a gas. it was a pretty day with no wind and not a whole lot of cars out. It was particularly neat to see the little bits of ice still hanging on here & there. Then this morning I rode one of my loops in Jackson. Over there you can side 10-20 miles and hardly see anyone. Plus you can get in some serous climbing, especially if you do Carter Notch, Thorn Hill, Dundee Road, Jackson Highlands, Tin Mine and/or Switchback. Do all of them and you'll get well over 3,000' of climbing in 25 miles. Today I started at the Wentworth, rode up by Jackson Falls and Eagle Mountain House, halfway out to Carter Notch, took the right over to Black Mountain, up Dundee Road and back down to the Wentworth. 8.8 miles and a little over 1,000 of climbing. Not too bad, and I only saw 2 cars from 9:30-10:30!

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Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

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