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Epic Is As Epic Does( or can do)- Tuckerman TR

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When you start back country skiing not too long before getting your 1st Soc. Sec. check, summiting the likes of Denali or Rainier are not in the cards. One goal for me from the beginning was to ski in Tuckerman Ravine on Mt Washington in New Hampshire. For those who don't know, Tuckerman Ravine is a 900' vert. 60/50/45 deg. gash on the side of Mt Washington in New Hampshire. Requires a 2.5 mile hike up 2000' to get to the base.  A piece of the Cascades on the East Coast. Did you know that at one time the mountains on the east coast topped out at over 14,000" ? So picture a 900' couloir in 60 degree weather and a blue bird sky occupied by 6-700 skiers of varying ability and toss in a few well oiled thrill seekers in plastic sleds. Mayhem and merriment!!

 

  Hiked up to the ravine with my sister-in-law. She was completely stoked at her achievement in getting there as she spent last year fighting the dreaded big C. Actually, we were pretty close in climbing ability (300 steps then rest) given my too heavy pack and lack of conditioning. Upon entering the ravine, I spoke with the ranger who gave me some good beta. "You can entertain the crowd in two ways.... and one of them hurts a lot."  We discussed my climbing all the way up to the top but he said they would not look kindly on an overnight bivouac half way up that I would have required. So after the appropriate transition time at the base (1 hr) I climbed up and skied from the top......of Lunch Rocks, about 300' up. The "ski" down was total survival mode. A mixture of snow plow and stem christy. 1st time skiing on a rutted, slushy sno-cone with a heavy pack and rubber legs. The group of revelers on the Lunch rocks that had loudly cheered and jeered the antics on the slope was very polite and there were no derisive sounds when the wobbly geezer went by. I was there for the party because I missed one once and swore "never again". Some pals once asked me to go to an outdoor concert and I begged off to go on a date with my girl friend. The concert was Woodstock.

 

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post #2 of 16

As someone who is also just starting to earn his turns just wanted to say I enjoyed your post!  Keep climbing!  ;-)

 

Quick aside ... The guy in your profile pic, Trygve Berge, is coming up on 80. I got off a lift at A-Basin recently and there he was, skiing in a sweater and sunglasses, looking tan and fit. I was going to ski over and say something, (what, really, I don't know), to him, but down he went, and he was gone! Saw him once again later in the day from high up on another chair, skiing smoothly down a long groomer. Very cool!   ;-)

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I very rarely post here, but I am a daily lurker.  I figured I would reply to your post with some pictures I took from Tuckerman Ravine.  I was there on May 1st, which was truly a fantastic day to be on Mt. Washington.  Not much to complain about with plenty of snow, a blue bird sky and temps in the 60's.  Like you, this was my first time skiing Tuckerman Ravine.  I set it as one of my goals at the beginning of the ski season, and fortunately was able to make it up there before all the snow disappeared.

 

After speaking with a Snow Ranger at Ho Jo's, we decided to ski the Left Gully.  All reports indicated there was plenty of snow pack with less objective hazards (crevasses, snow runnels and falling ice).  It was a great decision on a great day.

 

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My trip was on 5/1 also. I think left gully was a good choice, fewer human missiles to dodge. Did you ski out on the Sherburne Ski Trail? Rangers said no but it looked like you could traverse above the waterfall at the base of Tickerman. Being solo and not knowing the route I walked back to the parking lot.

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I also hiked back down to Pinkham Notch.  There were some non-skiers in the group, so I decided to be a nice guy and hike down with them.  From what I was told, the Sherburne Ski Trail had coverage to about 1 mile up from Pinkham Notch.  The previous weekend, skiing was possible from the summit cone right down to the notch.  The warm temperatures and rain really crushed the snow pack. 

post #6 of 16

Great post wooley12!

 

Great pictures HT79!

 

Thanks to you both.  

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Ah Tuck's.  A junk show, but a great spot at the same time.  Looks like a good day Wooley!

 

You didn't happen to see this did ya?

 

post #8 of 16

^^cracks me up every time I see it

post #9 of 16

I've seen that like 10 times now and it's still funny...
 

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^^cracks me up every time I see it



 

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Similar antics were happening all day long. The large rock faces were used as shield by up climbers before scrambling out and up through a narrow chute to the top with sliding, falling and tumbling missiles to dodge. Quite entertaining. Can anyone think of any other back country couloirs that get 200+ descents in a day?

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I've seen that like 10 times now and it's still funny...
 



 


I can see how it is funny, but on the other hand, somebody could get really hurt.  Slick conditions.  A guy from my high school got killed in the 70s in a fall like that.  Firm and slick and he fell all the way to the bottom.   The crowd of people in the ravine give it a false sense of security.

 

Nice TR!

 

post #12 of 16

She came forward on YouTube in the comments and said that she (and others involved) were just fine - so that made it more acceptable to fully embrace the humor side of it.
 

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I can see how it is funny, but on the other hand, somebody could get really hurt.  Slick conditions.  A guy from my high school got killed in the 70s in a fall like that.  Firm and slick and he fell all the way to the bottom.   The crowd of people in the ravine give it a false sense of security.

 

Nice TR!

 



 

post #13 of 16

Don't know if anyone saw the edit Skidmarks did.  Good stuff roflmao.gif

 

 

 

post #14 of 16

Looks like it would be worth the trip to a speed-addicted adrenalin junky like myself.  Some picks show that it would be a rough ride in spots. 

Question for those of you who have been there over the years, have the bumps changed over the years.

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I have only been there once but studied it for 2 years. Not quite sure what you mean by "bumps".  Like any back country bowl, snow conditions are constantly changing so the best lines on any given day change. The mountain tells you where you can go, not vice versa. Search on Youtube. There is a whole forum dedicated to skiing there.

 

 

http://www.timefortuckerman.com/forums/index.php

post #16 of 16

It looks like great terrain, and a complete sh!t show. It appears as festive as it is hazardous.

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