Tuckerman Ravine SledFest - Part Duex - Fun In The Sun

  • April 27, 2013 · 9:00 AM

Saturday's High is 41 in the Bowl.  Bring Sunscreen as the forecast is for a Sunny day.  Sherburne Trail is ski-able until 3/4 mile from the base.  We'll see how far the sleds will get us.  Sledding in Tuckermans is a go only as high as you want to sled down.  I usually go up a ways do a test run then determine how high I can go and still feel comfortable that I can make it to the bottom.  You don't have to sled as there will be plenty of action to watch.


Organizer: John Lagasse (978)[masked]

=====

Read the entire description before you RSVP and answer all questions that are part of the RSVP. Failure to answer them will result in your removal from this event.

If you RSVP from a mobile device the questions may not show up - be sure to use a computer to update your RSVP so you can answer them (go back to the event page, click change "RSVP", click "YES", then answer them.

Your safety, and the safety of the group, is the most important thing. If you underestimate the demands of this event; overestimate your experience, knowledge, skills or abilities; or come unprepared you put yourself or others at risk – consider this before you decide to participate.

=====

What we're doing

The plan is simple - we are going to hike up to Tuckerman Ravine and do some sledding. If you just want to tag along and watch things you can do that too. If the weather cooperates we can spend the day sledding and lounging around so bring your sled and some type of inflatable camp chair. We will finish the day by sledding down the John Shurburne Ski Trail - there are some long straights, a few sweeping s-turns, and lots of bumps at the bottom.

The top speed two year's ago was 42.2 MPH! Here are a couple of videos and some pictures from years past...

If you don’t bring a sled you will miss out on the fun. The most popular choices are:

FOR SOME REASON THESE EMS LINKS WON"T WORK OFF THE PAGE SO YOU WILL NEED TO COPY AND PASTE INTO YOUR BROWSER.

Be sure to have a way to secure your sled to your pack for the snow shoe up and your snow shoes to your pack for the sled down.

If you want to sled on this trip you must bring a helmet - the slopes are steep so the speeds will be fast, there are exposed rocks that won't be all that forgiving if you hit them, and there will be skiers and snow boarders all around us.

  • The US Consumer Product Safety Commission publishes a pamphlet titled "Which Helmet for Which Activity" which provides useful information covering a broad range of helmets.
  • While there isn't a helmet specifically designed for sledding, they recommend that wearing a ski helmet (ASTM F2040; CEN 1077; Snell RS-98 or S-98), a bicycle helmet (ASTM F1447; Snell B-90/95 or N-94), or a skateboard helmet (ASTM F1492; Snell N-94) is preferable to wearing no helmet at all.

Guests are not permitted - all participants must be members of the Random Group of Hikers.

Dogs are not permitted on this hike.

=====

Trip Summary

On this moderate pace (~2.0 MPH) out and back trip we will hike about 6 miles and climb about 1,900 feet. If the weather is nice plan to be out all day. People will be able to come and go as they please.

This event is considered to be MODERATE because of the pace, distance, and elevation gain. We could alter our plans because of fatigue, weather, and/or other conditions and there is no guarantee that we will complete the entire event as described here (i.e. we might not reach the summit).

I did my research using the Appalachian Mountain Club's "White Mountain Guide", a trail map, and the Internet. You need to become self-reliant by becoming familiar with the route, terrain, and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.

=====

Weather

Mountain weather is subject to rapid changes and extreme conditions. Dangerous weather conditions will cancel - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants a day or two ahead of time. We will assess travel and weather conditions during the hike and make changes to our planned trip as necessary.

=====

Directions

We will meet inside the Pinkham Notch Visitors Center near the fireplace by the front door. According to Google Maps this meeting spot is about 154 miles from Boston and it should take about 3 hours 10 minutes to drive there.

While carpooling is encouraged you are responsible for coordinating your own rides. Use the comments section below to communicate with others who may also be looking to share a ride. If you do share a ride be sure to share the expenses - suggested donations per person are $20 from Boston MA, $15 from Salem/Nashua NH, and $10 from Concord NH.

=====

Random Group of Hikers Disclaimer

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; the organizer(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(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.

Join or login to comment.

  • Elaine S.

    Excellent day and top group. No-one seemed to mind waiting for the slow one - me, and we had a great time watching the somewhat insane skiers in 'the bowl'. Sledding back down had to be the highlight for me - recaptured the 8 year old in me :)

    May 1, 2013

  • Larry P.

    Nice bumping into you guys on Saturday, I too had a fun time sledding in the bowl. I did get Kelly on the sled in the ravine.

    April 28, 2013

  • John (LAG) L.

    Couldn't have asked for better weather or group. Fun watching skiers and boarders tackle the ravine though the ravine tackle it's fair share. Forgot to warn the group to put on sunscreen.
    Ravine had small moguls and I hit 36.9MPH on my practice run which after I started moving had to lean back and ride my hands in a slightly controlled uncontrolled descent. Had fun with Stefanie, Elaine and Robert on the Sherburne which was now bare in spots and closed 3/4 a mile form the bottom. All in all an excellent day!! Nice seeing you Larry!

    April 27, 2013

  • Robert B.

    Lots of fun,sun, and daring people.

    April 27, 2013

  • Stefanie

    Fabulous, I have a black Ford Edge with a D sticker on the back...See you all at 6.

    April 26, 2013

  • John (LAG) L.

    Hi Robert and Elaine,
    Stefanie and I are meeting at 100 Macy Street, Amesbury, MA (Stop and Shop Parking Lot, RTE 110) at 6am. I'll bring an extra sled. If all four of us are meeting I'll switch to the Minivan.

    April 26, 2013

    • Robert B.

      I'll see you both there at 6 o'clock. I've got a silver Hyundai Elantra GT.

      April 26, 2013

  • Larry P.

    kelly and I will be up there. we are going to some sort of benefit dinner. Saturday morning a bus will pick us up at the hotel and drop us off at the pinkham notch visitor center. I'll be watching for you guys. I think the bus picks us up at 8:00, hope to see you guys there.

    April 25, 2013

    • John (LAG) L.

      Larry, I'll be driving a black minivan with 12" yellow smiley faces. Hard to miss.

      April 26, 2013

  • Elaine S.

    That also sounds good, thanks John. See you at 6am. I'll be the bleary eyed one in a silver mini SUV :)

    April 26, 2013

    • John (LAG) L.

      Seats in the minivan recline. Nap on way up

      April 26, 2013

  • Robert B.

    I'd like to carpool with you guys in Newburyport and borrow a sled if possible :)

    April 26, 2013

  • Robert B.

    I'd like to carpool with you guys in Newburyport and borrow a sled if possible :)

    April 26, 2013

  • Elaine S.

    Just watched video from part 1 - looks good to me :)

    April 24, 2013

  • Rich

    Sorry I won't be able to make it this Saturday...enjoy!

    April 23, 2013

  • John (LAG) L.

    As of now Saturday's weather in the Bowl is 41, Sunny, with a light breeze.

    April 23, 2013

  • DIANNE AND P.

    UNFORTUNATELY DIANNE AND I CAN'T MAKE IT

    April 22, 2013

  • Kelly

    Hmmm...Where are you seeing 100 mph winds?? I'm seeing 10-20

    http://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Tuckerman-Ravine/forecasts/1350

    April 18, 2013

    • John (LAG) L.

      Hi Kelly, I use NOAA.gov which this afternoon was showing 100MPH winds on Saturday and Damaging Winds on Sunday. With rain forecasted for Friday and low temps afterwards the bowl becomes icy/crusty. If you fall while sleddings it would not be good. Best sledding in the bowl is when the sun warms the snow enough that it gives and you can steer.

      April 18, 2013

    • Kelly

      K...bummer...I won't be able to go next week...hope you get good weather!

      April 18, 2013

  • Soccer M.

    Sorry i have to miss it. Have fun.

    April 17, 2013

  • Sarah L

    I can't make it this weekend, but I'm looking forward to seeing pix and video. Have fun.

    April 17, 2013

  • Soccer M.

    carpool concord, LLBean.

    April 15, 2013

  • Stefanie

    Anyone coming from the Boston area and want to carpool?

    April 15, 2013

    • John (LAG) L.

      If you don't find someone from Boston to carpool with we can meet at Newburyport and I'll drive from there. I drive up Rte 16.

      April 15, 2013

    • Stefanie

      Ok, thank you, that sounds good.

      April 15, 2013

  • DIANNE AND P.

    Dianne and I will be there!

    April 15, 2013

  • Soccer M.

    Carpool concord, LLBean.

    April 15, 2013

  • John (LAG) L.

    Helmets are only required in Tuckermans Ravine.

    April 12, 2013

  • Kelly

    Hi John...may I borrow a Zipfy?

    April 12, 2013

    • John (LAG) L.

      Yes. I also have bungee webs to strap in on.

      April 12, 2013

  • John (LAG) L.

    I have three Zipfys for loan for the day. First come first serve.

    April 11, 2013

  • Desiree

    Yes!!!!

    1 · April 11, 2013

  • Desiree

    Yes!!!!

    April 11, 2013

4 went

Our Sponsors

Sometimes the best Meetup Group is the one you start

Get started Learn more
Katie

I'm surprised by the level of growth I've seen since becoming an organizer, it's given me more confidence in my abilities.

Katie, started NYC ICO

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy