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Tuckerman's Ravine & Wildcat Weekend 2018
Time for Tuckerman's - Earn your Turns! We need to be mindful of the hazards through observing the weather, snowpack and the local forecast which can be found here: Tuckerman's Ravine When major ski areas close up shop in the northeast during the sunny Spring weekends, Tuckerman's Ravine will always have snow in April (and usually through May). TUX is the most cherished backcountry hotspot in the northeast for its steep and challenging terrain (nestled at the base of Mt Washington) and long season. Although there may be several thousand skiers and snowboarders swooshing down the slopes, there are no lifts. Gulf of Slides Less popular than Tuckermans is the Gulf of Slides gullies which is the southern ravine on the other side of the Boot spur. GoS are not as steep as Tuckermans but are still avalanche prone. GoS is still east facing, so its ski trail actually merges with the Sherburne Ski Trail near the parking lot of Pinkham Notch Oakes Gulf OG is a south facing ravine that drops from the saddle between Monroe and Mt Washington. It does not end up at Pinkham Notch. Wildcat Valley Ski Trail If avalanche danger is too high in Tuckermans, or a second day option is needed, the Wildcat Valley Ski Trail is a good alternative. While the the trail starts at the top of the Wildcat Ski Area, the appropriate travel is to hike, or skin up, to the summit and ski/ride down. From the highest parking area off Carter Notch Rd, a round trip to the summit and back is about 10 miles. Doublehead Doublehead Ski Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Jackson, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate Wildcat Mountain Ski Area Wildcat is literally across the street from Pinkham Notch, and nearly every photo of the mountain has some view of Mt Washington in its horizon! Due to its proximity to Mt Washington and the Presidential Range, Wildcat often enjoys a long Spring skiing season. With a summit of over 4,000 feet, Wildcat has the highest elevation of any ski resort in New Hampshire or Vermont. Sunday River A 45 minute dive, Sunday River ski area is just over the border in Maine. A few important notes about Tuckerman's: As stated earlier there are no lifts. You must be in decent enough shape to carry a heavy load (ski or snowboard equipment, boots, lunch and water) for 4 hours. Skiers should plan to hike up in hiking boots (insulated mountaineering boots are better) and carry their skis and ski boots. Snowboarders can get away with hiking in their snowboard boots and carry their snowboards. AT skiers and splitboarders are also welcome! In addition to standard downhill equipment, crampons and a mountaineering ice axe are highly recommended. I bought crampons and an ice axe to tour Mount Saint Helens a few years ago and never used them. However, when I did Tuckermans the weekend after, I was so happy I had them. The terrain is very steep, icy in parts, and extremely windy. The crampons will keep you from sliding and the ice axe will anchor you to the slope. If you have trouble deciding what to bring, I recommend you bring it all and decide once you get to Pinkham Notch what you'll actually need. There are three-four parts to the Tuckerman's hike: The hike from the visitor center to Hermit Lake Shelters, about 2 hours; The hike to the lunch rocks, about 45 minutes; The hike to the top of the headwall, about 45 minutes. If the conditions are good above Tuckermans, you can keep hiking to the top of Mt Washington (2+ hours). At any one of these points, a skier or rider can take a run. For example, Intermediates who do not want to ascend all the way up the headwall can climb up as far as they are comfortable and ski or ride down. Intermediates can also ski or ride down the Sherburne trail, assuming it is open (dependent on the level of snow). So even though it is a back-country adventure, you do not need to be an expert skier or snowboarder to experience it! Lodging TBD - depending on the number of sign ups Transportation We will carpool. Pinkham Notch is a long drive from NYC (~7). Passengers pick up all the gas/toll tabs plus other expenses like coffee, drivers (car owners, not literal drivers) go free. We still encourage helping with driving, but it won't relieve you from paying for gas/tolls - car owners are putting up some serious mileage on their cars, so this is the least we could do in return. And if you're a driver, please don't charge your passengers extra. A note about the distance: For a normal ski area, this is a very long distance for a 2 day weekend, but with so much climbing and hiking on one day, it is enough. RSVP First come, first serve. There is a request of TBD to hold the accommodations. Payment can be made by venmo @timothy-rapuano or on PayPal using friends and family option at Guest Policy Yes, bring as many as you like!

Pinkham Notch Visitor Center/Joe Dodge Lodge

361 Route 16 · Gorham, NH


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    I started this group with a bunch of friends that I met in other hiking, adventure and outdoor meetup groups. We all felt like there was something else out there and wanted to push the limits of what we could do. While we will always have the core events, we can now explore adventure beyond.

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