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Karasene 06-05-2011 07:30 PM

Still June shredding in NH
 
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I finally got a gorgeous day off so I loaded the board and drove north to Mt Washington. The bowl is still holding snow, temps were around 55* yesterday at that elevation and the sun gave way to a nice loose layer of granular on top.

It was my first time ever doing Tucks after many failed efforts, so rather than wait for the stars to align with other people I set out alone a decision I'm so glad I made! It definitely held its reputation of being much steeper in person. There's nothing I would have rather done on my day off.

The climb to the base of the bowl is a 2 and a half hour hike up Tuckerman's Ravine trail starting at the Pinkham Notch base. Another half hour to the top of the bowl total evevation gain of 3,200ft to the top of where the snow had melted. The run on the far right side (skiers left) named Sluice was the the longest/least dangerous in the bowl. Gave me a total of 475ft vertical for several decent runs. Hell it is June!

To end the day I met a few random skiers who offer me some nice scotch. A summer day complete.

(PS. Black Flies are not good wear bug spray!!! I was eaten alive going up no joke)

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here's a really lame video of me with bad commentary but it gives a better perspective of the bowl. The guy that dropped before me had no clue what he was getting himself into, and the shape he was in I can't figure out how he got up there in the fist place lol.

Cr0_Reps_Smit 06-05-2011 07:44 PM

"im not good at getting up on my heel side, cause, its my heel side. know what i mean" ha that had me cracking up. ive always heard about tucker-mans ravine and always wanted to check it out but never really got around to it. looks like a fun way to get some post season shred on.

Qball 06-05-2011 08:37 PM

Haha that guy was hilarious! I need to get off my ass and do some hiking, kinda needed a little break though. First week without riding in a looong time.

rgrwilco 06-05-2011 10:14 PM

Cool stuff!

I have been making plans to get up there each spring for the past few years but my friends keep bailing on me season after season. I am thinking ill just go solo next year, because if i keep putting it off i'll never go.

neednsnow 06-06-2011 10:02 AM

Atta Girl! What a great way to spend a beautiful saturday afternoon.

As for the dude......rag on him all you want, but he went for it, too! Good for him!!!

Karasene 06-06-2011 10:35 AM

Yeah, At first I got a kick out of that guy! Every stranger on the mountain was talking about the guy stuck on my way up. Probably didnt want to wuss out once he saw a girl on the mountain.He was practically standing on top of my board when he went to drop which is why I was trying to push him off it. I was nice tho.. as usual.

and.. I have a right to rag on him.. he was stuck up there for over an hour and all he was interested in was hitting on me and coaxing me to get high and drunk with them at the bottom of every run I did. I was all set with that he was a creepy lookin dude. Being on my own I thought it was a smart choice.

The skiers that gave me some scotch took this vid and offered to send it to my email. I love people like that. I failed with a small butt slide toward the bottom I hit a crusty spot on my heelside edge.. it cause it's my heelside know what I mean? haha jk. Ah well.. I didn't know I was suppose to show off for a camera.





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Originally Posted by Qball (Post 403718)
First week without riding in a looong time.

A whole week!! Man, you're really slackin. :p

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Originally Posted by rgrwilco (Post 403724)
Cool stuff!

I have been making plans to get up there each spring for the past few years but my friends keep bailing on me season after season. I am thinking ill just go solo next year, because if i keep putting it off i'll never go.

Exactly. Just be careful in April and May. I'm sure you must know how unpredictable the weather on Mt. Washington is. The thing that sucks about Tucks is it could be bluebird skies the day before its suddenly being blasted with 150mph winds. ( I know this after 4 failed attempts, 3 due to weather hazards)

There's also another forum called "Time for Tucks" which a lot of the guys skiing up there were a part of. They said next time if I ever want to go with no luck from friends on this end there are always group hikes through the bowl all season where anyone is welcome. Said last week a group of a few dozen boarders got together and had a giant cook out. They drove to the summit with all there party/grilling gear and spent the day in the snowfields.

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Originally Posted by Snowolf (Post 403751)
Nice way to go out there and get after it...good on ya.

Now you need to come out to the PNW in the summer and hike Hood or Adams where two and half hours of climbing will get you 4,000 vertical feel....:thumbsup:

4,000 vert in June!? hell yeah!!! :thumbsup:



some photos of the bowl during late season
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http://cdn.epicski.com/e/ef/ef26fd57...ans_ravine.jpg

Psi-Man 06-06-2011 11:20 AM

Did you hike out on Sherburne or come back down Tuckerman's trail? I'm usually there when you can ride back down to the lot, just wondering what Sherburne is like with no snow?

Karasene 06-06-2011 11:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Psi-Man (Post 403781)
Did you hike out on Sherburne or come back down Tuckerman's trail? I'm usually there when you can ride back down to the lot, just wondering what Sherburne is like with no snow?

No the sherburne trail is closed off to hiking to allow vegetation to grow. It just looks like a big ferny vertical field.

Psi-Man 06-06-2011 01:35 PM

It's a fun trail in the winter/spring, not particularly steep, but it's cool to be staring at Wildcat coming down.

Beer never tastes better after that hike...

killclimbz 06-06-2011 01:40 PM

Way to get after it Kara. Turns earned are twice as sweet...


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