Weekend Update and a look Ahead

Randolph Path
"Greatest!" "Sunniest!" "Warmest!" "Best Ski Day Ever!"

Pick a superlative and apply it here on Mount Washington.   Coming through the doors this weekend were multitudes of happy, smiling skiers and snowshoers reveling in the warmth and sunshine.  Along with exquisite conditions on the Sherburne and other trails, this was a perfect weekend to be here.  Today we had commentary on the quality of conditions in left gully as well as the Eastern snowfields -- contrary to my instincts but delightful to hear about, nevertheless.

Combine the 50 degree temps with the fact that the sap is flowing hard at my house and I'm laying odds that Spring is here despite a forecast  calling for some cooler temps later in the week.  My fear is that the rain forecast for Tuesday could fall in quantities that could wreak havoc with the snowpack so at this point my advice would be to check <www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org> as well as our conditions reports at <http://www.outdoors.org/recreation/tripplanner/go/backcountry-weather.cfm#NH>  You can also get current summit conditions at <http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/conditions.php>  These are great resources to bookmark for your trip planning.

Junction of Tuck Trail and fire Road to Harvard Cabin
With Springs arrival, many are making that final pilgrimage to the Harvard Cabin at the base of Huntington Ravine.  For those of you who might be new to the HC experience, the best route to the cabin is using the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to the fire road.  While it might appear that the Huntington Ravine Trail might be your best bet, the Tuck/fire road option is more expedient.

Time for Tucks

With the coming of Tuckerman ski season, things can get pretty hectic and crazy around here.  Many do enjoy the Tuckerman circus and all the hoopla that surrounds it and why not -- Lots of thrills and spills, go home with that early tan and gloat to the slackers back at the office on Monday morning.  Remember, your best experience will be the result proper planning and that's where we can help.  Be sure to give us a call and check for updates on our website (hyperlink above).

If you prefer a more peaceful experience, we can help steer you toward the less traveled trails -- perhaps visit the Northern Peaks and the cabins there or some other remote and less traveled gully where you'll make great turns and be the envy of your other back country friends.

On a final note, tonight is the annual Search and Rescue Banquet here at Pinkham Notch and I'm thinking  this might be a good time to remind you all to "hike safe".  I've mentioned proper trip planning, using the resources here at the visitor center and I'll remind you that the 10 essentials really doesn't mean a cell phone and 9 friends to call if you get into trouble.  Cell phones don't function predictably in the white mountains.  Signals can be near impossible to get and when you do get one, it might be a distant state or Canada making for very a confused and disjointed rescue.  Also, the back country is just that -- back country with response times that are very different  from what you'd experience back home.  Please plan and prepare for self rescue and of course, avoid the need.

So, until next week...
Happy trails!

Mike Micucci
AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center

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