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Tuckerman's in Nov.????????

post #1 of 9
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Contact the Appalachian Mountain Club in Gorham, NH at: 603-466-2721. They assist the US Forest Service with supervision at Tucks.
They track and report all weather & skiing conditions at Tucks, on a daily basis.

Heads Up: The forest service doesn't usually stop any one from hiking Tucks, even in severe avalanche conditions, but they do control the opening and closing of Tucks each spring.

One last note: The White Mts. of NH receive some of the most severe weather in the USA, so beware and prepare appropriately for mid-winter conditions. Weather in the Whites changes in minutes. We frequently see many rescues occuring in the late fall through winter months, due to unprepared, out ot condition, and inexperienced hikers. The Whites' easy accessibility makes for what appears to be a relaxing walk in the park,while in reality it only too often becomes a life threatening evacuation.

Good luck and happy trails.

post #2 of 9
Last week there were so many people lost up there, they were bumping into each other. One idiot from NY went in circles, crossing the Dry River trail multiple times for two days before a search party of 13 found him in Oakes. He thought he was in Tucks!

I say the heck with search parties - let Darwin do his job.
post #3 of 9
Just a clarification that access into Tuckerman Ravine is *never* controlled. Rather, the Tuckerman Ravine *trail* above "lunch rocks" is closed at certain times, typically re-opening in early summer.
post #4 of 9
I was up on top of Mt Lafayette last Sunday, and actually threw my first snowball of the season. Right about the weather...it changes VERY quickly. The hike takes you to a bit over 5000ft(Washington is around 6200ft if memory serves me). I went from a T-shirt in the parking lot, to a sweatshirt, and then a down vest at the top. And stripped it off in reverse order on the way back down. Be prepared, and bring lots of food and water.

post #5 of 9
Hey, that's exactly where I was yesterday also! Relatively nice weather too. (The rain didn't start until we were already below timberline.)
post #6 of 9
Hey! that's exactly where I was yesterday too! Ma those brown rocks on Bridle path were slippery in the afternoon. It was like an LA freeway up there. Did you check out the nice west facing bowl and gulley slide leading of of Lincoln? ...possibilities huh?
post #7 of 9
Just like in Close Encounters, all of us seem to have drawn to the same spot by some mysterious force!

We (wife plus another backcountry skiing couple) took a different route though, up the little-used (but excellently maintained) Skookumchuck Trail, in an attempt to verify rumors that it is skiable. (Answer: the first 700 ft are indeed skiable, but more for touring, not turning. After that it's mainly just a typical hiking trail, i.e., not skiable.)

We spent a lot of time staring at a possibly skiable glacial cirque through the binoculars and trying to figure out what it corresponded to on the map. Not sure if this is the same formation that caught your eye, since we were examining it from a ridgeline plateau about 300' shy of the summit.
post #8 of 9
There are a few sweet lines on Lafayette, but usually not enough snow to ski 'em. Check out those slide scars for tracks when the snow gets deep; there are maniacs up here who ski those.
post #9 of 9
The lines on lafayette are unreal I spent a number of days up there over the past few years and it is sone of the best terrain I have ever been on. Narrow steeps, into steep open trees with big drops, into nice drainages almost back to the car. Long aproach if its not packed out, but well worth the effort. Also great turns to be had from the top towards the pemi wildreness side.
go for it and HAVE FUN!
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