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Tuckerman's Photos

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Here's a link to some recent photos of Tuckerman's Ravine (on the Tuckerman's.org website) I thought some might find interesting.


http://www.tuckerman.org/photos/tucks/
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The outline of the recent slide is visible.

Michael
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Not a very hospitable place today. -71*F with w-chill this morning. Warmed up to almost -10 w/w-chill in the mid -50's now.

Yesterday morning a raven was reported flying around the observatory. Conditions at the time ... -16 and winds of 90mph. Hearty bird!
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I thought they were great photos. It looks like a good start to what may turn out to be a good season there. I especially like the photo entitled "snow loading on the Dutchess". I've never skiied the Dutchess. Its either never been in the right condition or I've never been in the right frame of mind. Considering my current age and physical condition I may never ski it but at least I can admire it.
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Not a very hospitable place today. -71*F with w-chill this morning. Warmed up to almost -10 w/w-chill in the mid -50's now.

Yesterday morning a raven was reported flying around the observatory. Conditions at the time ... -16 and winds of 90mph. Hearty bird!

Was it flying, or swirling in the vortex?


I miss walking out my front door and seeing the ravine...
That damn thing has been mocking me since I knew that you could ski it.
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That damn thing has been mocking me since I knew that you could ski it.
I'm always game in early May, probably will be doing a couple weeks of time in the NE around then. Missed it last year, don't want to miss it again this year.
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I'm always game in early May, probably will be doing a couple weeks of time in the NE around then. Missed it last year, don't want to miss it again this year.

Unfortunately, its a huge pain for me to plan and get out there. Spring break is 1st week in March, classes end the last week of May I think. I'm supposed to go on another co-op assignment for the summer. So basically I have no idea when I'll be able to make the 7 hr trip back to my parent's house (Maine). With the weather up there, planning to shoot home for a weekend is probably going to be hit or miss.

I'll be keeping my eye on the conditions though, if it's good late I might make it home. If its safe early, I might go for it.
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I thought they were great photos. It looks like a good start to what may turn out to be a good season there. I especially like the photo entitled "snow loading on the Dutchess". I've never skiied the Dutchess. Its either never been in the right condition or I've never been in the right frame of mind. Considering my current age and physical condition I may never ski it but at least I can admire it.
I did ski it once in the mid eighties and will unlikely do it again. Scariest/most thrilling descent for me ever. I am not sure if the conditions are ever right for it to be done with any margin of safety. Ever since I slid head first (w/o helmet) into some fine NH granite at the steepest part of the Chute (where snow doesn't stick) I have become a bit more cautious. I tend to avoid those places where a fall will result in pain, fractures or worse.
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I did ski it once in the mid eighties and will unlikely do it again. Scariest/most thrilling descent for me ever. I am not sure if the conditions are ever right for it to be done with any margin of safety. Ever since I slid head first (w/o helmet) into some fine NH granite at the steepest part of the Chute (where snow doesn't stick) I have become a bit more cautious. I tend to avoid those places where a fall will result in pain, fractures or worse.
I skiied Dodge's Drop once in the late 60's (on 210cm skis). There was a small cornice on the top and I'll never forget the view down at the first 30-40 ft or so. Looking through a slew of boulders down a slope as close to vertical as I would want to ski, it was obvious that falling, having a ski come off, any kind of mishap was absolutely out of the question. It looked to be like jumping off a cliff. I'm sure my skiing on that first bit was hyper cautious and far from elegant. So much of it is in the mind only but that can work both ways since falling really can kill you. I'm full of admiration for Brooks Dodge who first skiied almost all those places as a kid on what I have to assume was very primitive equipment.
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Considering my current age and physical condition I may never ski it but at least I can admire it.
We could split the cost of a sherpa, but it might take 2.
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We could split the cost of a sherpa, but it might take 2.
Considering my current weight it might take 3!
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There's always the snowcat to the weather station. But I think you'd have to launch the headwall if you did it that way...:
post #13 of 16
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Actually the last few years we've been waiting for the auto road to open and skiing what remains of the East snowfield and the Great Gulf chutes. pretty wimpy, I must admit. I did once ride a snowcat up the auto road back in 69 for the re-running of the Inferno race. Of course back then I could and did walk up and ski those snowfields and the bowl. One of the things deterring me from this these days (other than my sorry physical condition) is the feeling that there are just too many people up there in the Spring nowadays. The bowl gets all mushed out and Left Gully and Hillman's have more or less permanent moguls all the way down. Add to that the circus atmosphere of people on inner tubes and people who really cannot ski very well littering the terrain with their bodies and it's just dissappointing, compared to what it used to be.
post #14 of 16
Yeah, I know what you mean.

I hiked up back in highschool ('02 or '03) with a friend and his family, I took one look at the crowd and decided that it was suicidal to try and ski with that many people around.

How late in the year does the road open? Is the skiing decent at that time?
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Yeah, I know what you mean.

I hiked up back in highschool ('02 or '03) with a friend and his family, I took one look at the crowd and decided that it was suicidal to try and ski with that many people around.

How late in the year does the road open? Is the skiing decent at that time?
It varies depending on the weather and Spring snowfall. Usually by the 3rd week in May or sometimes early June as I recall. The skiing can be quite good. The Great Gulf gullies are great when there is decent coverage. The East snowfield can be good as well. Its not very steep and reasonably wide. The gullies are steep and somewhat challenging. Snow conditions can be good early in the day after a cold night or after a rain has washed the mush off the underlying corn. Get there too late in the season and the snow will be all sun-cupped on the snowfield and undercut in the gullies. By June the snackbar up at the summit is open, making it a bit more decadent. Its usually uncrowded. I hope I am not letting the cat out of the bag. By that time most people are into other kinds of activities, hopefully.
post #16 of 16
Nice.

So there is hope for me to ski it at the end of May when classes are out.
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