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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 6:00p on 01/26/20 - Temperature: 37.1 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 37.1 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.478 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Slowly - Humidity: 100 %
IceCON 2. Some trade routes are climbable, even in lower elevations.
2 out of a possible 5
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October 31, 2019

Hi Folks,

And a Happy All Hallows you all. Yup, it's Halloween. The annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. ... And the evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween.

Well we've had 2 days of rain this week, and then a nice sunny day that just started to dry out, and now it's rained all day. The only good thing is that it's been fairly warm. Not a chance of ice right now, but that's likely to change over the next few daze with upper elevation temps dropping to teens on Friday and upper 20's on Saturday. I still wouldn't count on skiable snow or climbable ice, but there is no doubt it's going to come.

In keeping with the coming ice season I did write a review this week of the Petzl ERGONOMIC ice tools. You can see if I love or hate them here:

http://www.neclimbs.com/index.php?PageName=review&ReviewID=20191029

Other than that, there's not a lot to talk about. We're all in a holding pattern that's realistically going to be another month. So get your gear together and make sure you're all set, so when it happens you'll be ready to get out and have some fun.

EVEREST: '91 to '19 PRESENTATION:
Three Mount Washington Valley climbers who have stood on top of the world will join together in a special event for the ages! EVEREST: '91 to '19 will feature local climbers Rick Wilcox, Thom Pollard - Public Speaker/Video Producer/Adventurer, and Mark Synnott, each of whom summited Everest at different times covering a period from 1991 to 2019. What is amazing during this time is the outright transformation of a starstruck climbing world that turned inside out over Everest - beginning with Wilcox pioneering in 1991 to Pollard discovering the body of George Mallory in 1999 to Synnott visiting "the year Everest broke" in 2019.

Friday, November 8, 2019 at 6:30 PM 9 PM
Theater In The Wood, RT 16 Intervale NH
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective January 23, 2020
My goodness, what a difference a few days and a little cold weather will make. The ice has filled in again and we're almost back to reasonable early/mid-season conditions. Last week the middle of Walk In The Forest and Willies Slide were both dramatically gone. As of today both were pretty much filled in. I spoke with a guide who was on Standard 2 days ago who said the middle like wasn't great, but this morning it looked good. I also spoke with someone who described penguin as "epically fat!" There are some predictions for either a rain, mixed or a snow event on Saturday night into Sunday. As long as we don't get a full-fledged rain event things will be great. Keep your fingers crossed folks. (Maybe the toes as well..)
Huntington Ravine options - beware avalanche danger  
Repentance building well  
Standard Route good, MUCH better Click to see route picture.
Dracula IN Click to see route picture.
For the full current conditions report, CLICK HERE

ICE FEST 2020:
Oh Yeah...That's Right. It's time to think about ICE FEST 2020 folks! I know the the web site & Blog haven't been updated yet, but you should put the date on your calendars and start making your plans. # 28 is going to be a fun one that's for sure.

I do have one teaser for you... The main presenter for this year will be the most amazing Mark Richey! Mark is a great human being and a phenomenal climber. His most recent achievement was on August 5th, 2019 pulling off the First Ascent of Link Sar, a 7040 meters peak in the Karakoram. A spectacular summit with an amazing team that included Steve Swenson, Graham Zimmerman and Chris Wright. The route took six days of difficult climbing of over 30 technical pitches, over approximately 8,000 vertical feet from ABC and about 11,300 feet from basecamp.

https://www.mwv-icefest.com/

ICE FEST 2020:
Oh Yeah...That's Right. It's time to think about ICE FEST 2020 folks! I know the the web site & Blog haven't been updated yet, but you should put the date on your calendars and start making your plans. # 28 is going to be a fun one that's for sure.

I do have one teaser for you... The main presenter for this year will be the most amazing Mark Richey! Mark is a great human being and a phenomenal climber. His most recent achievement was on August 5th, 2019 pulling off the First Ascent of Link Sar, a 7040 meters peak in the Karakoram. A spectacular summit with an amazing team that included Steve Swenson, Graham Zimmerman and Chris Wright. The route took six days of difficult climbing of over 30 technical pitches, over approximately 8,000 vertical feet from ABC and about 11,300 feet from basecamp.

https://www.mwv-icefest.com/

VALLEY CYCLING:
Still good in the upper areas where drainage is good...

INSTANT BUG REPORT - Bug CON 1:
Almost done, but not quite... [sigh]

Mobile Version Of NEClimbs:
Up on one of the Mount Washington Valley's finest crags and want to know what that climb you're looking at is? Or maybe you're on your way up from Boston and want to check out the Ice Report for your upcoming weekend plans. Or more likely, you're at work just want to daydream about your next adventure. Well if you have a smart phone handy, you can get to NEClimbs from anywhere you have cell service. While it doesn't offer every single feature of the site and it's not an "app", in mobile form, it does do a whole lot and is very useful. Here is the live link to the mobile version of NEClimbs:

http://www.neclimbs.com/mobile

Check it out and if you have issues on your specific phone, please feel free to let me know.

NEClimbs & White Mountain Report On Facebook:
Join us and LIKE us on Facebook. I'll try and post some interesting pix every Thursday and the latest Ice Report in the season, tho certainly not the whole Report. Here's where you can check it out:

http://www.facebook.com/NEClimbs/

Have fun and climb safe,

Al Hospers
The White Mountain Report
North Conway, New Hampshire


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