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Current conditions in North Conway, NH at 7:59p on 02/25/21 - Temperature: 24.9 °F - Wind speed: 0.0 mph - Wind chill: 21.3 °F - Barometric pressure: 29.987 in - 3 Hour Barometer Trend: Rising Rapidly - Humidity: 22 %
IceCON 4. Climbs are IN at the usual places and generally at consensus ratings.
4 out of a possible 5
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August 20, 2020

Hi Folks,

I am amazingly and happily overwhelmed with stuff going on here right now and have little time to write. Work (if you call it that) includes cleaning up a client's old cassette music recording, a new video project for a fantastic tune, as well as a duo jazz gig tonite at the SnowVillage Inn in Madison 5:30-8:30. So I'm just going to jot down a few quick thoughts.

As you likely know, work has been going on building a staircase below the Thin Air face. From what I understand it has been progressing well. Several have asked if those climbs can still be accessed. The area is closed Monday-Thursday, but is open Friday-Sunday. That said please be cautious moving around as there is rubble and loose blocks. So if you simply must climb one of the routes on that face, be cautious.

All of a sudden the weather has gone from quite hot and muggy, to cool and dry. I woke up at 6am to a below 50 degree morning! While this makes for some sleeping, excellent climbing and cycling days, it is sending a very clear message that "Yes Virginia, we will have a winter this year!" Couple that with the decidedly shorter days, and it's clear that throwing the headlamp and a little jacket into the backpack or Camelback is the smart call now. Especially if you're going out on that after-work climb or mountain bike ride. You've been warned. v The Laconia/Weirs Bike Week starts this Saturday, August 22nd and goes all week. If I were you I would stay away from that area. It's going to be NUTS! In fact traffic on Rt 16 and other roads will be filled with folks on motorcycles, so please keep your eyes open.

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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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Got out for a longer ride yesterday that took me out Red's Trail to High Street, up to the kiosk and on to the Mineral Site and then all the way out the Tent Boulder Trail to the intersection at Red's. Then I came back and went up the old Carroll Reed trail into Hale's and back home through Echo Lake. A very nice 10.5 mile ride that I haven't done in some time. I havenít done this full loop in quite a while. It used to be a staple for me, before the East Side and Hurricane Mt became the IN places to ride. I did get a late start and felt a trifle uncomfortable around 6pm, knowing that it's getting dark earlier and I didn't have a headlamp. I should know better... [sigh]

Bugs are lower now. Let's hope they stay that way.

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Al Hospers
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North Conway, New Hampshire

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