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Eastern Bears! Tuckerman trip?

Poll Results: When would you go?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 0% of voters (0)
    April 18th - 19th
  • 71% of voters (5)
    April 25th - 26th
  • 28% of voters (2)
    May 2nd - 3rd
7 Total Votes  
post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 

It's April, lift-serviced ski season is (starting to) wind down which means that thoughts to hiking and skiing Tuckerman (no "s"!) Ravine.  We seem to contemplate this every year and the weather never cooperates, but one of these years our luck has to change! Thumbs Up  Who would be in?

 

For anyone not familiar with the logistics:

  • The base of Tuckerman Ravine is about three miles from Pinkham Notch in New Hampshire.  "Normal" summer hike time to the ravine base is about two hours.
  • Wildcat ski area is across the street if you want to make a weekend ski trip out of it.
  • You can hike to Lunch Rocks (base of the ravine) and spectate if you don't want to hike and ski the ravine itself.
  • The earlier you go, the better the chance of being able to ski all the way back to the road...  The later you go, the better the chance of having actual spring skiing conditions.
  • http://www.timefortuckerman.com/ tells you everything you could ever want to know.
  • There is plentiful lodging in the area in either North Conway or Gorham. 
post #2 of 23

For those of you who haven't been there in a while, the modern scene at Tuckermans:  (yes, many original skiers used an "S")

 

post #3 of 23

People have been calling it "Tuckermans" or "Tucks" for as long as I can remember but if you wish to call it "Tuckerman" feel free. 

post #4 of 23

I would check out this site before going. We are apt to assume Spring conditions up there when it is often still winter http://www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org/

post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by oisin View Post
 

People have been calling it "Tuckermans" or "Tucks" for as long as I can remember but if you wish to call it "Tuckerman" feel free. 

 

Yes, I -- along with everybody else -- has called the ravine in question "Tuckerman's", "Tuckermans", "Tucks" and "Tuckerman" over the years.  According to the Official Government Bureau of Naming Stuff though, the name is officially "Tuckerman Ravine".  I figured I'd start my thread by using the official spelling and letting the inevitable "'s' or no 's'" wars begin.

post #6 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by oisin View Post
 

I would check out this site before going. We are apt to assume Spring conditions up there when it is often still winter http://www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org/

 

Yes, thanks for posting the avalanche center link.  To be clear, I have no intention of going unless the conditions are going to make for reasonably good and safe skiing.

post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post
 

 

Yes, thanks for posting the avalanche center link.  To be clear, I have no intention of going unless the conditions are going to make for reasonably good and safe skiing.

Things seem a bit late this year. We have only begun to get above freezing conditions in the last few days. Earlier in the week we had fresh snow. It takes awhile for good Spring snow to develop at Tucks and that process may not have even begun yet. Easter weekend is kind of an institution there but this year it may still be winter.

post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by oisin View Post
 

People have been calling it "Tuckermans" or "Tucks" for as long as I can remember but if you wish to call it "Tuckerman" feel free. 

 

Yes, I -- along with everybody else -- has called the ravine in question "Tuckerman's", "Tuckermans", "Tucks" and "Tuckerman" over the years.  According to the Official Government Bureau of Naming Stuff though, the name is officially "Tuckerman Ravine".  I figured I'd start my thread by using the official spelling and letting the inevitable "'s' or no 's'" wars begin.

The last time this question came up, I looked it up.  No S  is a strictly enforced Official Government Bureau of Naming Stuff general policy.  There are only about 3 places in the whole country that get special dispensation to keep their s.  One is "Pikes Peak" and I forget the other two.

 

(Actually, "Pike Peak" has a nice stutter factor, especially if you say it 10 times fast.)

 

No S is particularly hard to stomach in New England, were we say things like "I'm going to Legal's" about a fish resturant.


Edited by mdf - 4/2/15 at 6:56pm
post #9 of 23
Its still winter at Tucks. I thing good spring skiing is about 3 weeks away from what I see. I went on April 20th last year and was just able to ski to the bottom. Depending on April weather, I would say that is pushed out about 2-3 weeks. I have a pic from last Sunday, 3-29-15, I can't post it for some reason.
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by mdf View Post
 

The last time this question came up, I looked it up.  No S  is a strictly enforced Official Government Bureau of Naming Stuff general policy.  There are only about 3 places in the whole country that get special dispensation to keep their s.  One is "Pikes Peak" and I forget the other two.

 

(Actually, "Pike Peak" has a nice stutter factor, especially if you say it 10 times fast.)

 

No S is particularly hard to stomach in New England, were we say things like "I'm going to Legal's" about a fish resturant.

As far as I know it has always been officially labelled "Tuckerman Ravine" but many if not most have long referred to it as "Tuckermans".

post #11 of 23

Taken on 3-29-15

 

post #12 of 23

Anyone have a sense of how long the Sherborne Trail will allow skiing to the bottom??  I saw a video from last weekend and it looked in good condition and open to the bottom. Thinking of going next week and wondering how long the trail will last??

 

Here a 4 links that are worth checking out.

 

http://timefortuckerman.com/forums/showthread.php?t=16454

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZREVDm67uc

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsJhZSGc6IM

 

http://timefortuckerman.com/forums/showthread.php?s=68f1ef3a36eb109e49cf4a9193063795&t=16464

post #13 of 23

Has anyone in this thread seen this - Tuckerman Ravine 4/19/15 Icefall Huck

??

post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
 

Has anyone in this thread seen this - Tuckerman Ravine 4/19/15 Icefall Huck

??

 

You can't beat that place.  Unfortunately, I can't get up there this year.  The ski season just doesn't seem complete without finishing it off the Da Ravine.

post #15 of 23
Anyone thinking of this Sat?
post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by Tog View Post

Anyone thinking of this Sat?

giving it some thought, weather depending, want a nice sunny warm day.

post #17 of 23

Did anyone go this year?  Any reports or pictures?

post #18 of 23

You can go this weekend.  Drive up, park, party and ski.  It's the annual Memorial Day Slackfest.  I read that you can get over to Tucks from the snowfields still.

post #19 of 23

I did get up there May 10th, It  was very warm , lots of snow in bowl, a lot of fairly deep runnels  a few unbelievable skiers making the really steep tough routes look like a walk in the park,  was not worth skiing the Sherburn Trail down. Fun day,wishI could have made it there earlier.

post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post
 

You can go this weekend.  Drive up, park, party and ski.  It's the annual Memorial Day Slackfest.  I read that you can get over to Tucks from the snowfields still.

Slackfest started this season on May 15.

Skiing down into Tux then from the snowfields was still possible via Chute, but just barely.

Even by the end of the following day it was probably too sketchy.

Here's a TR:

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php/281069-EAST-COAST-ROLL-CALL-8-14-15-A-NEW-HOPE?p=4491985#post4491985

 

No recent reports from the summit snowfields (although they're visible on the webcam) or Great Gulf since Otto was closed for repaving from Wednesday into Friday afternoon.

But here's Tux from Thursday:

https://www.facebook.com/NERandoRaceSeries/photos/a.170251606349428.29539.137097509664838/899649886742926/?type=1&theater

https://www.facebook.com/NERandoRaceSeries/photos/a.170251606349428.29539.137097509664838/900425329998715/?type=1&theater

(If your life depended on it then yes, you could get from the summit snowfields into Tux either by a schwack and downclimb into Right Gully, or a long walk over to Left Gully, but nobody would want to do that.  So if you don't have any clue about current conditions up there, then please don't post clueless advice that others might follow.)

post #21 of 23

I read it was possible on T4T.  I didn't claim that I knew it was possible.  

Your info is better.  Congrats on trumping me.  Big boy!

post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post
 

[...] I read that you can get over to Tucks from the snowfields still.

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post
 

I read it was possible on T4T.  I didn't claim that I knew it was possible.  

Your info is better.  Congrats on trumping me.  Big boy!

 

So instead of apologizing for passing along dangerously incorrect advice, you respond with ad hominem taunts?

(And do you have a url for the claim that you read it was "still" "possible" only a couple days ago to descend from the summit snowfields into Tuckerman Ravine?)

post #23 of 23

You just contributed some good information that cancelled out mine.  I'm glad you did that; it's no biggie for me.  

But going ballistic doesn't add to the value of your content.  

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