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.