Why thank you!
I used my randonee equipment (Garmont GSM boots, Fritschi Diamir bindings, and alpine downhill Dynastar ATV skis from a few years ago) to skin up to the base of Tucks, then (once tagged by our hiker, my wife, via a kiss) climbed up the headwall with skis and one pole strapped to my pack, lightweight aluminum crampons fixed to my boots, a lightweight ice axe in my right hand, a BD adjustable pole (shortened to its minimum length) in my left hand, and a climbing helmet protecting my noggin from any hazards up above. Thus clad, I sprinted off for the first hundred feet, to the cheers of the many spectators.
The ~1,000' vert climb took about 26 minutes (the initial sprint not lasting very long!), including a few brief pauses to catch my breath, plus some inefficient meandering at one point over rocks and brush, as well as an unfortunate extrication of my right leg where it plunged into the snow up to my hip. I wasted a couple minutes changing my gear over from climb to ski mode (remove crampons, undo skis from pack, etc.), but at that point I knew that I stood no chance of overtaking the four teams and one individual who were already ahead of us, and I had enough of a lead on the climber behind me that we were assured of a 5th place finish for the 21 teams (or 6th place including all 30 teams and solo competitors).
The race course was outrageously fun: about 22 gates starting way up above the lip, where it's quite flat. The gates were set very well (by a former UNH coach I know), slowing you down as you approached the lip. The headwall seemed even steeper with gates on it, i.e., feeling like you were looking straight down at the next gate. Then the course gradually flattened, to the point where I took the final four gates in real racer-style, even dropping into a tuck on the final gate, with my pack's many straps flapping every which way, and the uneven snow bouncing my skis every which way also.
I figure that absence some of the inefficiencies described above, I could have moved up to about 4th, maybe even 2nd if I was in better shape, and not exhausted by my recently concluded two-week honeymoon in France, plus recovering from a cold. However, I am amazed by the time of the first place finisher - he must be some kind of climbing monster! Plus I noticed how the separate ski-only times were all fairly close to each other, except for the guy who got a 1:16 - his run must have been spectacular! If I had been on my race gear I figured I could have knocked many seconds off (as well as added many minutes on the climb), but someone that fast must be truly impressive.