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Old 07-31-2012, 03:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Being from the northeast there isn't much in terms of backcountry riding around here. Then, I thought.. I wonder if I could hike up Mt. Washington and sure enough after some research I found a pretty decent spot. Now I'm just curious to hear if anyone has any experience at Tuckerman's and if it's worth the hike.

edit: I realized I posted this in the wrong place, and not sure how to move it. Should be Backcountry Travel.

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Old 07-31-2012, 03:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I was considering doing the hike this past May. But, never got around to it.

The forum below is dedicated to hiking/skiing/riding Mt. Washington and Tuckerman's Ravine.

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Default I was looking to go to Tuck also

Do you have any advice? I was also considering going to Tuckerman's Ravine this winter. If you are looking for someone to go with, I live in Brooklyn.
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I am thinking of starting to take the plunge with some gear and practice this year and the goal of making some trips next year. There are actually quite a few areas.. Tucks being one of the better known. There is a hilarious video of a girl losing it at Tucks on YouTube.

The EastCoast thread at TGR is a good place to look for some info. Also check out this blog : Nor'Easter Backcountry: Backcountry Ski Trip Reports

These dudes post a lot and have recommended Mt. Cardigan (NH), Greylock (MA), and The Sherburne Trail (NH) for first time tours.

There is a Lost Ski Area near me in Jersey that is part of the county park system where I have heard people have earned turns before. If we get a winter with enough snow I may give it a look. I know the park decently but not the area that used to be a ski area.

Also might pick up this book. AMC Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast - Appalachian Mountain Club
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I wouldn't take Tuckerman's ravine too lightly. There is very serious avalanche danger there during the winter season.

Tends to be safer in the spring , but the danger still exists.

There are quite a few other spots here in the NE if you look around.
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Are there any guides that will take me to Tucks? The whole avalanche thing is concerning. I dont have a ton of experience in avalanche country but I do have some equipment. I am definitely looking to find some good backcountry spots in the NE. Any other places you can suggest?
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2011-03-19 Skier-triggered avalanche in Lip.wmv - YouTube

Tuckerman Ravine Avalanche 03-26-2011 - YouTube

Tucks skier triggers avalanche then bites it. - YouTube
The idiocy of this one is astounding. You know what the best sign is that there could be avalanche danger? Recent avalanche activity.
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Are there any guides that will take me to Tucks? The whole avalanche thing is concerning. I dont have a ton of experience in avalanche country but I do have some equipment. I am definitely looking to find some good backcountry spots in the NE. Any other places you can suggest?
I know there is Cloudsplitter guides in the Adirondak region, not sure how far they travel, but I am sure there are other guide companies around. There are quite a few spots in the White and Green mountains as well.
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I do Tuckermans every April (usually first weekend) with a decent sized group. I missed last year due to the crappy winter and injury, but I personally would not do the Ravine in winter. The Sherburne trail would be great after a nice dump though. You can take the Tuckerman trail up, which is groomed, and ride the Sherburne down from HoJo's (close to 2000 vertical feet). You can also mess around in Hillmans highway, but I have no experience there. I usually do the lip in bowl, but I take the advice of the day from the ski patrol. I finally have a helmet camera, so I hope the weather is good this Spring.
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Jadubbs, take a read through that blog I linked. Lots of trip reports there form popular and some less popular NE spots. They haven't gotten into NY but I know people tour Mt Marcy. Mansfield/Stowe also has a ton of BC. I have ridden some of the slack areas at Stowe with a friend who grew up going to the mountain but its been a while.

Efilnikufesin makes the point about Tucks, winter as you can see from the youtube links can be scary with just weather let alone avalanche risk. Mt Washington weather is no joke.
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