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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 7:29a on 02/26/21 - Temperature: 15.6 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 12.9 °F - Barometric pressure: 30.244 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Rapidly - Humidity: 33 %
IceCON 4. Climbs are IN at the usual places and generally at consensus ratings.
4 out of a possible 5
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May 16, 2019

Hi Folks,

Well in case you hadn't heard, there was a fresh round of snow overnight on Monday. It dropped 2-3 inches in the upper parts of places like Jackson Highlands and Tyrol, and even more above 2500'! Enough that the Mt Washington Avalanche Center even issued an advisory. Can you believe it? Mid May and somehow it still doesn't fully feel like Spring. [SIGH]

I see folks out climbing on cloudy chilly days and feel like it's similar to gardening... I'm getting pretty antsy about reseeding my lawn and getting my basil and tomatoes in the ground, all of which need consistently warm temps to be viable. I like climbing rock, but am more into nice warm rock!

That said I did get out last Sunday, tho it was cloudy. The Perez's and I went down to climb at Rines Hill in New Durham with George Hurley. I've been there many times before and it's a nice place to go in the summer. There has been climbing there for many years by locals as well as groups from Brewster Academy. Over the past year access has become a bit of an issue, but George has developed a new trail that seemingly avoids those issues. The new trail starts by some old wooden pillars on tree left side of Knights Pond Road about 200' from the gate. Basically follow flagging and some small cairns across the height of land to the cliff.

I led a new climb of George's just right of Dike Step that's probably 5.6 or 5.7. Probably 7 if you don't touch the two trees you go between. There is a possible direct finish up then final headwall, but it seems to always be wet. Even George admits that it does need a little more cleaning at the top. [WRY GRIN]

We also climbed Dike Steps, Groovy, Layback and Buddha. I've always struggled with the start of Buddah, but this time found the high side pull on the right that seems to be the key. It's pretty cool. While I hadn't had any ticks on me so far this year, I got several on the walk out and others did as well. We spotted quite a lot of deer-pellets so I suppose it's not surprising.

It looks as if the weather this weekend might actually be nice, so hopefully I can get out to climb locally on Saturday. Here are some pix from Rines Hill.
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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One nice thing about riding is that I can get out on my own pretty much any time it's not raining. Last Saturday I rode Evans Notch, which is now open. There is some snow on the sides of the road at the top, but the road itself is quite clear. Monday I got in a nice ride in the Marshall area. All that I rode is in great shape right now. I have been wanting to check out Bear Notch so I did that on Wednesday. The road is not open and there were DOT folks working on it near the top on the Kanc side. While the road was more-or-less clear, there are lots of humps and a few places where there were trees and branches overhanging the road itself. The DOT guys said that there was still a lot of work to be done before it's open, including digging out the rocks that were coming up through the humps! They also mentioned that it's on the list to be re-paved this summer some time. That's a good thing. Now I want to talk with them about Hurricane Mt Road... :-(

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Al Hospers
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North Conway, New Hampshire

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