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Seek the Peak 2014 - Mt Washington - Tuckerman

Mt Washington! This is a fundraiser for the observatory. There is a link to donate below (donations are optional). Scheduled dates are July 18-19..maybe 20th depending on weather. Last year there were 80+ mph winds and below freezing temperatures on the scheduled day of the event (in July!) they postponed it to the next day and we had...45 degrees with maybe 40 mph winds at the summit (90+ and humid at the base). Don't sign up if you won't be physically and mentally ready for this. We're going all the way up. Be ready! No must be physically capable of doing this to attend. Lodging is your responsibility. Meet us at the trail head.

Tuckerman Ravine is do-able by "mortals". We won't need ropes or climbing gear. But it does require stamina and tolerance for heights.

To join our team and (optionally) donate in the name of our group:

Before signing up for this event, please read and understand the entire Write-Up and the Liability Waiver. By signing up for this event you agree to the terms of the Liability Waiver.


Event Rating: Level 4+ Strenuous - Recommended for members who have recently completed strenuous mountain hikes. An additional requirement is that you have completed mountain hikes with sustained, serious elevation change. Preferably over 2500 feet.

Distance: 4.6 Miles - This is the one way distance to the summit via Tuckerman's Ravine. There are hiker's coaches available for a ride back on the Auto Road to Pinkham Notch parking lot for $30 per person. These rides should be reserved in advance, but can be purchased on site if the decision to hike down is changed. We're hiking down to get credit for hiking one of the New Hampshire 4000 footers.

Time Duration: 9 Hours - The planned average rate is less than 1 mph due to elevation change and rocky terrain. This includes time spent for breaks.

Blaze Orange: Not required


Information below is from

Mount Washington is the highest peak east of the Mississippi River, north of North Carolina, and south of Ellesmere Island in North America. It is also one of most popular hiking, backcountry skiing, alpine climbing and ice climbing destinations in New England. Affectionately known as "the Rock Pile," it is located in northern New Hampshire just west of NH SR-16 between North Conway (to the south) and Gorham. It is also known as the "Home of the World's Worst Weather" and the world record holder for the fastest wind speed ever measured: 231 mph on April 12, 1934 (See the "Mountain Conditions" section for more). Today Mount Washington is known as the tallest peak in the Presidential Range which includes the 5 highest peaks in New England, but early on the entire massif was known as Mount Washington, a 30 mile long mountain running east to west. It wasn't until the 19th century that the surrounding peaks of Adams, Jefferson, Madison, etc. were named. A cog railway and road are also in operation on this mountain which hosts anobservatory, museem, and snack shop on the summit (so don't forget to bring your wallet).

One of the shortest, most scenic, and most popular trails to the summit is the 4.2 mile class 2 Tuckerman Ravine Trail that starts at the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center (2050'). The Lion Head Trailis probably the second most popular snow free route and the most popular route during the winter months. The Huntington Ravine offers challenging hikes, rock climbs, and ice climbs including: the Huntington Ravine Trail - considered one of the two most difficult hiking trails in the White Mountains; the NE Ridge of Pinnacle Buttress (5.7, 5-6 pitches); and a variety of winter ice climbing routes including the classic Pinnacle Gully (III NEI 3, 4-5 pitches), Odell's Gully (II/III NEI 2-3), South Gully (I NEI 1), and the Escape Hatch (I, popular descent route). The Lion Head, Huntington Ravine, and Boott Spur Trails all share the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center Trailhead with the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. See the Routes Overview Section below for a more complete routes list.

Mount Washington is known as the rock pile because the summit is composed of large blocks of New Hampshire quartzite and mica schist (Ref: injektilo) that you will have the priviledge of hiking over during the summer. Winter offers a chance to get your crampons out of the closet travel up snow and/or ice instead. As you can probably tell by all the photos, Mount Washington is an extremely popular place for winter mountaineering, skiing and ice climbing, however, always check for current avalanche and weather conditions as over 120 people have died on this mountain (partial list with location and cause of death).


This is a very difficult and dangerous hike. It is not a simple affair to be taken lightly. There are spots where a slip and fall can lead to disaster just a few feet away. Even in the heat of summer, the summit can be below freezing with winds over 100 mph. It is a thrilling hike though and well worth it! It is only open to members who have demonstrated the ability to do strenuous mountain hikes. You must have done at least five strenuous hikes with serious elevation change to go on this one.

We are taking the Tuckerman Ravine trail up. You must research the entire Tuckerman Ravine trail on your own prior to this hike. You must understand what Mt Washington represents and the possible dangers - radical/sudden weather changes, high winds, difficult trails with catastrophic results if you veer off trail. You must have your own maps and know exactly what the route is for Tuckerman's Ravine. You will need to explain it in detail before we head up. If you're not prepared you don't go.

You will need well fitted, broken-in hiking boots, a 35-40 liter hiking backpack (larger if you plan on using it in winter as well), and we strongly recommend trekking poles (or pole). There is also a mandatory equipment list for this hike. You are required to carry all the items on the Ten Essentials plus Four List located here: a minimum of 2 liters of water.

Review this equipment list and be sure that you have every single item. If you don't got 'em, you ain't comin'! Firm! This is a very serious matter of both personal and group safety. Up on the mountain, one person's trouble is everybody's trouble.

Even if this is done in the summer, you must have clothing for below freezing temperatures and high winds.

The weather report will be checked via the Mt Washington Observatory's weather team that morning before going up. *Not* the local town's weather forecast. They can be radically different.

Begin hydrating before the hike begins, and then during.

Directions: We will meet at the Pinkham Notch parking lot at 7:00 am. This is a large parking lot but fills up by early morning. If full, park on the side of the road right outside of the lot.

AMC Joe Dodge Lodge at Pinkham Notch361 New Hampshire 16 Gorham, NH 03581

Pinkham Notch Parking Lot Location: [masked], [masked]

Use and enter these coordinates. Or Google maps and enter these coordinates.

There is a large gift shop here. Also has bathrooms and showers. Check out the wonderful 3D relief of the entire range in the gift shop. It's about 10 by 6 feet and shows all trails.


Liability Waiver. 
As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you for yourself, your heirs, executors, and administrators release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.


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  • Christine H. D.

    Thank you Matt it definitely was worth the muscle aches I have right now! Would do it again!

    July 21, 2014

  • Matt

    Congrats to all for a successful trip up and down the Northeast's highest mountain via Tuckerman Ravine Trail! Christine has one more item crossed off her bucket list!

    2 · July 21, 2014

  • Matt

    Several of us are staying at The Jefferson Inn in Jefferson, NH.

    June 9, 2014

    • Mary S.

      Is anyone interested in camping?

      June 9, 2014

    • Matt

      The four of us going are all staying at the Jefferson Inn in Jefferson, NH.

      June 15, 2014

  • Jerilyn S S.

    I really want to go, but the date is too far away. I will take my chances and see if there will be a spot open then, rather than hold one now and back out. Just to be fair to others.

    April 23, 2014

    • Matt

      The total number of people is flexible. If you think you can do it you're always welcome to join us.

      April 24, 2014

    • Jerilyn S S.

      Thanks Matt.

      April 25, 2014

  • Sonia

    Alright...I'm saying yes to this...but it's's likely that I'm going to complain...a lot ;-)

    April 24, 2014

    • Matt

      Very windy spot. We may not be able to hear you.

      1 · April 24, 2014

  • Matt

    The actual hike date is Saturday, July 19th. I changed the event date to reflect that. Friday the 18th is registration and an optional kickoff party.

    April 23, 2014

  • Jerilyn S S.

    What was the required donation last year?

    April 23, 2014

    • Matt

      No minimum. Donations aren't required to hike that day. They're optional. I'll make a donation group for our group and if you want to donate you can do it there. I'll post a link later today.

      April 23, 2014

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