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Interested in AT skiing (Northeast, Tuckerman)

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I've been researching a lot about this, and still have a lot of questions. This is all thanks to an eventual goal of going up to Tuckerman Ravine. This plan is at least a year away (I doubt a lot of people are going to do Tuckerman anyway this year), maybe even two years. I don't have a great lungs, so I need to start climbing more to get in better shape.

 

I'll continue this post with other places I would like to attempt this. To start off, I would probably climb up Wildcat, like I see people doing every weekend. Another destination I have in mind is up the Tuckerman Trail to ski down Sherburne. Do people commonly do this in the middle of winter? How far can you go and still steer clear of the avalanche areas? Is Hojo's the limit to avoid the avalanche area?

 

Next questions is about the method of going up. Another option besides skinning is carrying everything (skis, etc) on the back. This may work for Tuckerman in the spring or Wildcat, but I doubt it would work going up the Tuckerman Trail mid winter. This is where the decision-making is a little harder. Carrying everything is hard on the back (I'm only used to carrying about 5 lbs, nevermind 30+), and AT skiing would be hard on the wallet (since it seems, doing it correctly, I would have to buy another set of boots, skis, and bindings). I read somewhere that uphill ski traffic is allowed on the Sherburne trail, but doesn't it get bumped up in the spring? Is that even doable with skins?

 

I found out about the BCA Alpine Trekker. Many people don't seem to like it much, but it would at least allow me to try this out. With the addition of skins, I could probably get away with my current skis and boots. I have Head Rev 80s and Soul Riders. The Revs are a little lighter, but the Soul Riders would be the better ski to have in the conditions I would encounter. Another option would be to rent AT gear. Do most shops in North Conway rent AT gear?

post #2 of 4

Weather dependent!

 

Getting up to tucks can be a post hole trudge due to the sketchy conditions, that also make it a post hole hike back out.

 

Or

 

It's ski in. ski out

 

Thinking about it doesn't help.

 

Follow the web info,  plan a week out against KNOWN conditions.  Arrive early,  hike or ski up, ski or hike down,  remember the thrill!

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Weather dependent!

 

Getting up to tucks can be a post hole trudge due to the sketchy conditions, that also make it a post hole hike back out.

 

Or

 

It's ski in. ski out

 

Thinking about it doesn't help.

 

Follow the web info,  plan a week out against KNOWN conditions.  Arrive early,  hike or ski up, ski or hike down,  remember the thrill!


I know the weather makes a huge difference. I'm more interested on whether or not my plan sounds decent. If it's common to ski Sherburne in the winter, question of how far to go and still avoid avalanche area, if either of my skis are suitable, etc.

 

I did just realize that skinning up in the spring (when everyone goes to Tuckerman) may not be possible due to the lack of snow. There must be others who do this, so do they hike up as far as they can with gear on their back, and skin the rest of the way?


Edited by nemesis256 - 2/22/16 at 8:53am
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Haven't been to Tucks in a long time.

 

Yes people skin and ski Sherburne Trail all winter.  Yes later in spring the bottom is mud and you will not be able to ski all the way down to the parking lot nor skin up from there.

 

I would not attempt skinning the hiking trail.

 

Sherburne is a long intermediate and it tops out near Hojos is the ravine.  Gulf of slides is another popular BC skiing area in both winter and spring.  AMC and others run classes and trips if you are interested in getting a good grounding in BC techniques, local terrain and avvy safety. 

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