Tuckerman Ravine

The initial plan was to hike up the trail from Pinkham Notch to the summit of Wildcat Mountain. Staff at the AMC centre convinced me that a walk into Tuckerman Ravine would be better, and it did not disappoint. I frankly don’t know why I didn’t get up here earlier. The weather was absolutely fantastic; one of those days when everyone you pass on the trail has a huge smile on their face. Since it was a Tuesday in late March, the headwall was pretty empty, not full of skiers like it will be in a few weeks time. I only wish I had brought crampons and an ice axe to continue further up the headwall, maybe even onto the upper slopes of Mount Washington.

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A straightforward following of the Tuckerman Ravine trail from the AMC Pinkham Notch alpine centre
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Ranger cabin adjacent to the Hermit Lake shelter
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Three words: respect the ravine
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Tuckerman Ravine headwall (a spring skier’s paradise)
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There were a few brave souls who cut out of work early, or took the day off to ski the east
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Ski conditions were near perfect
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One last look at the ravine from just behind the Hermit Lake shelter
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