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Almost That Time Again -- Tuckerman Anyone?

Poll Results: Do You Plan On Skiing Tuckerman Ravine This Year?

Poll expired: Apr 28, 2006  
  • 50% (12)
    Yes
  • 41% (10)
    No
  • 8% (2)
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24 Total Votes  
post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
The itching has begun -- I've been lurking more and more on the T4T boards, checking out photos, going over what I do and don't have, etc. for our annual spring assault on Mt. Washington. Any other Bears planning on going up to Tuckerman next month? If so, will you be doing a day-trip, or staying on the mountain?

The first several times I was lucky enough to get up there, we did the day-trip thing. Last year was the first time we spent the night at the Hermit Lake shelters, and what a difference it made! The whole trip was much more relaxing, not to mention much more entertaining!

If you've never done Tuckerman but have always wanted to, stop hemming and hawing and get up there! (Just don't stay at Hermit Lake the same weekend as I am, b/c I've got a crew of 10 going...)
post #2 of 14
Know any sherpas?
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by PaulJones
Know any sherpas?
Unfortunately, no. I do know a few D-III linebackers though...for the right price, ya never know! In all seriousness though, the hike isn't THAT bad. It's roughly 3 miles to the top of the bowl, but it's only the last mile or so that's fairly difficult.
post #4 of 14

next year.....sigh

Too much going on this year. Next year I want to plan a trip and set time aside to go. I have a friend who is a good backcountry skier that I haven't skied with in a few years. I will be hitting Jay the last wekend in March for some spring skiing on my way back from Montreal. Maybe one more day locally with the family if the conditions hold out. If I get a chance this year for Tucks it will be really late in the season.
post #5 of 14
I don't have any ski partners willing to risk falling into a crevasse for some turns....maybe someday!
post #6 of 14
Is there any snow? Probably not on Shelburne - so you have to walk in and out.
post #7 of 14
I've skied out only one time - 1966, May 15. Still had to walk plenty.

Better go early this year.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
The Shelburne trail is currently open top to bottom. How long that will last, of course, is anybody's guess.
post #9 of 14
Yes, I usually go up there for 4 days or so, at the end of April. we stay in the lean-tos at HoJo's. We've gone up with as many as 12, and as little as three. pack is down to about 65 pounds with skis, and I do the hike to HoJos in about 2 hours. The snow pack looks darn good up there, which I don't quite understand given the lousy winter we had on the east coast.

"Last year was the first time we spent the night at the Hermit Lake shelters, and what a difference it made! The whole trip was much more relaxing, not to mention much more entertaining!"

I've never done the day trip, but friends who have done the camping thing and now day trip, say the hot shower, restaurant meal, warm bed and 40 minute hike with only a day pack is much better. In 2003, I had the pleasure of an overnight blizzard in sub zero temps April 20th. : We survived, but it wasn't comfortable. And try to get out of a warm sleeping bag into zero degree weather, then it took 3 of my friends to pry apart my near frozen Technicas so I can get them on. I would've preferred to be in a hotel that night.
In April 2002, I hiked into the bowl at 10 pm, about 55 degree weather, the clearest night you can imagine, full moon, and shared a good bottle of scotch and cigars watching shadows from passing clouds roll across the irradescent bowl. Priceless.
BTW, My tent is planning on going to the Gulf of Slides this weekend without me.
post #10 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2-turn

pack is down to about 65 pounds with skis, and I do the hike to HoJos in about 2 hours.

"Last year was the first time we spent the night at the Hermit Lake shelters, and what a difference it made! The whole trip was much more relaxing, not to mention much more entertaining!"

I've never done the day trip, but friends who have done the camping thing and now day trip, say the hot shower, restaurant meal, warm bed and 40 minute hike with only a day pack is much better.
I used to go up for a month after school was over each spring. I'd stay at HoJo's - the shelters. Ski during the day and run down for supplies at night, beer! With a light pack you could run up and down - 20 min down and 45 min up. We'd leave the skis at the headwall over night.

Being there over time you could really see how dangerous the mountain can be. Some days we'd try to get up there by 8:00 am. Especially on those cloudless days. The bowl would warm up and the ice would fall. Many days we would be the only people there until later.

Those were great memories. Physically, I don't think that I could do it today.

One of my buddies went up with us when we were in high school. He carried a rather large pack (lots of beer). Took him 3:45 to get to hojo's. When he turned his back all that was left were empties!
post #11 of 14
I am planning on skiing with a couple of friends this year. First time for all of us.. Looks like fun..
post #12 of 14
Last time I skied Tuckermans was in the 80's. It was a good snow year and I was there mid-May. We were able to ski about 2/3 of the way down the Sherburne trail. Saw a couple of college age guys hauling a keg of beer up the hiking trail!
post #13 of 14
Someday, I'd love to make it back East and ski Tuckerman's. Not likely soon though, as I have too much skiing to do here still.
post #14 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by crank
Last time I skied Tuckermans was in the 80's. It was a good snow year and I was there mid-May. We were able to ski about 2/3 of the way down the Sherburne trail. Saw a couple of college age guys hauling a keg of beer up the hiking trail!
We may have been there the same time. May, 1982. Finals had just gotten done at UVM and we (my good friend Scott H. - UVM ski team member and I) hauled ass to my parents house in Laconia, NH for an early morning blitz to Pinkham Notch. Got there too late to get a shelter permit, so we dumped all our overnight gear and food and hauled ass up the hiking trail. We thought we were making amazing time, passing people all the way up...until we got passed by a dude hauling a 1/4 keg up. He had a specail harness for it, but he was flat out hauling ass (and beer). We met up later at the lunch rocks and after much genuflecting joined their party. It was my best day ever at Tuckerman, skied Left Gully and a couple of no-name chutes (at least they were no-names back then) and then worked our way all the way across the ravine. Keg beer never tasted better! We were so exhausted that on day 2, all we could muster was a couple of runs on Hillman's - the hike down and back up probably had a lot to do with it...
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