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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 4:59a on 03/02/21 - Temperature: 2.0 °F - Wind speed: 10.0 mph - Wind chill: -9.4 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.641 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 28 %
IceCON 4. Climbs are IN at the usual places and generally at consensus ratings.
4 out of a possible 5
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June 20, 2019

Hi Folks,

So this may be the shortest Report evah! I have been completely crazed with work and music gigs and the coming week is the busiest so far. I said I wanted some more work, and I got it in spades. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR AL.

>> Mark Synnott summited Everest recently! A very big accomplishment for sure. Between this and his book, the man is on a roll. KUDOS...

>> There will be trail work being done on the trail to the Prow on June 28 & 29. if you want to volunteer to help, check out the Friends Of The Ledges FB page or web site for more info.

>> The weather has been great this past week, but it's been raining all afternoon and just now is pouring. Good thing my gig tonight at the Whitney Center in Jackson is indoors. [WHEW] Now about that outdoors jazz gig in Plymouth tomorrow at 1... [SIGH]

This is as bad as I've experienced it in the 22 years I've lived up here. The blackflies should be done, but for whatever reason they aren't. And the mosquitoes just come at you in waves. I swear that they are waiting for me when I drive up in the car. It's almost impossible to go out & weed the garden! Can you spell DEET!!!!!!
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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Here's a brief update on temporary climbing restrictions for state-listed threatened Peregrine Falcons in NH:

Closure no longer in effect and signs removed for Main Cliff (2nd pitches) at Rumney Rocks - Falcons have abandoned their nesting attempt near top of Iron Man Wall.

Closure now in effect for Snakeskin Wall and Tsunami Wall in Kinsman Notch - Falcons are raising young on Tsunami Wall and defending both of these adjacent rock faces. Signs placed at Rte 112 trailhead 0.7 mi north of Beaver Pond.

Closures also continue in effect at:
Cathedral Ledge (north end, right of Cathedral Roof, left of Diedre) in Bartlett, NH Frankenstein Cliff (front/lower cliff) in Harts Location, NH
Holts Ledge (near clifftop overlook) in Lyme, NH
Woodchuck Ledge (right half of cliff) in Albany, NH

All posted areas will be reopened by August 1.

Trails are great right now. East Side, West Side, Gorham, you name it. If you like single track, there is lots to do. I rode Marshall yesterday and it was fantastic, the day before the West Side Electric Loop trails and then some stuff her fin the hood. Only one place near Echo Lake that has a big tree down. The rest is good.

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Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire

My once-keen analytical mind has become so dulled by endless hours of baking in the hot sun, thrashing about in tight chimneys, pulling at impossibly heavy loads, freezing my ass off.... so that now my mental state is comparable to that of a Peruvian Indian, well stoked on coca leaves..
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