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Tuckerman's Ravine, 3/18/08

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My friend and I made the trip up to Pinkham Notch, arriving around 9 A.M. Hiked, in snowshoes, up to Hermit Lake Shelter by about 10:45 and decided to head into the bowl. Left and Right Gulley were posted as having moderate avalanche danger, and the Bowl had considerable avalanche danger. We were pretty unsure of where to go first, (only our second Tucks trip) so we decided to check out Lobster Claw Gulley, to the right of Right Gulley. The snowpack at the floor of the ravine was incredible, and the snow from the top of Lobster Claw to the floor of the ravine was pretty soft, but patches of firm/icy snow were around, so we had to watch our turns with a little more caution. My friend set off a nice little slide, probably about a one foot fracture, approximately 15 or so feet wide. It was a nice little scare for our first run, but nothing too serious. Skied down the Little Headwall after that, then went over to the Lower Snowfields and made some nice easy turns down to the Sherbie. We were planning on hitting up Hillmans Highway, but the hike up was pretty icy and I had already slid quite a ways down on my first attempt up, so that was a no-go. The Sherburne Trail was in great condition for the most part, getting a little more hardpack near the bottom, along with some soft spring snow as well.

Overall, it was an awesome day, and couldn't complain about the weather at all. It was around 35-40 all day with barely any wind and bright bright sun. Definitely gonna do Tuck's this early every year! (Terrible weather permitting, of course)

Sorry, no pictures!
post #2 of 12
Sounds sketchy. Moderate to high avy danger. Unsure of where to go. One foot fracture. Slid a long way on first attempt up.

I'm glad you had fun!
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Originally Posted by skieast569 View Post
My friend and I made the trip up to Pinkham Notch, arriving around 9 A.M. Hiked, in snowshoes, up to Hermit Lake Shelter by about 10:45
I am impressed, well done, that's pretty quick with a snowy trail, too.

So next time we'll get to see the pix.

bz
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Who is it that said ............."A TR without pics isn't a TR" ....?

Say Cheese


*psssst, nice play by play!
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Sounds sketchy. Moderate to high avy danger. Unsure of where to go. One foot fracture. Slid a long way on first attempt up.

I'm glad you had fun!
I'm glad to hear that skieast lived. Starting an avalanche is not my idea of a "little scare", but to each their own.
post #6 of 12
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First experience with slides really...we were very cautious, and most certainly did not take it for granted. It was a good learning experience.

I do have some pictures from the trip, the pixel size wouldn't allow me to post them with my thread though. Here they are...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24835813@N03/?saved=1
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Originally Posted by skieast569 View Post
First experience with slides really...we were very cautious, and most certainly did not take it for granted. It was a good learning experience.

I do have some pictures from the trip, the pixel size wouldn't allow me to post them with my thread though. Here they are...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24835813@N03/?saved=1
A 1 foot fracture in moderate conditions?! :
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Originally Posted by skieast569 View Post
First experience with slides really...we were very cautious, and most certainly did not take it for granted. It was a good learning experience.

I do have some pictures from the trip, the pixel size wouldn't allow me to post them with my thread though. Here they are...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24835813@N03/?saved=1
Watch this!











Great pics!
Thanks for sharing. NOW its a TR!!!
post #9 of 12
Sounds like a fun trip. I would like to ski tucks someday. A 1' fracture with a 15' crown doesn't sound so bad to me with out being there. It's more about the consequences than the size. That was a freebie. Did you follow up with some onsite stability assesment? Moderate can be a tough rating. A lot of the time it comes down to terrain selection with attention to run outs and a realistic assesment of what the party is prepared to deal with. I hope you all had safety gear and have practiced beacon searches.
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here's Tuckermans on the 18th.
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If you look close you can see the fracture line to the right of my friend. Obviously not as impressive as the one near the lip.
post #12 of 12
scarry none the less!:
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