Tuckerman’s Ravine 2018

This weekend Eli and I hiked and skied tuckerman’s ravine!

On Sunday, we got up at 4:45am.  We ate breakfast, packed our bags, and got out of the house around 5:45am.  We arrived at Pinkham Notch around 7am.

Eli was so excited to do Tuckerman’s!

As we started to make our ascent we quickly shed off our outer layers.  The temps must have been in the 50’s at the base.  About a mile in Eli put on his Yaktrax and I put on my crampons.

At about 11am, we reached the Hermit Lake Shelters.  This is about 2.5 miles from Pinkham Notch.  From here we could finally see Tuckerman’s!  The view below is of some of the trails to the left of Tuckerman’s.

From the shelter, it was about 0.7 miles to the base of the ravine.  We started to get a glimpse of the Left Gully on the hike up.

Almost there.  We heard to avoid the lunch rocks this time of year, where there are giant ice falls the size of cars.

We made it to the base of the ravine!  Eli had a huge burst of energy and at this point and could tackle anything.

This is the famous Tuckerman’s photo.  If you look closely on the left you will see a person climbing up.

We agreed to go half way up Left Gulley to the ice fall and ski down from there.  We quickly changed out of our hiking gear and into our ski gear.  I’m not sure I’ve seen him this excited before.

We started our ascent of Left Gully.  Eli did a great job of digging into the snow and making sure he had good footing.  If you make one mistake here you are falling all the way to the bottom.

As we were ascending one of the people above triggered an avalanche that was headed right towards us!  We quickly moved to the side (not trivial since we were on a steep incline).  After most of the avalanche came through I snapped a pic and video.

Now we had no pre-made footholds and Eli had to dig in with each step since he was leading the way.  He was really reaching the end of his energy at this point.

So, we found a decent place to strap in.  I got Eli all geared up and then he waited for me.  Some of the dots at the bottom are people.

Eli and I both made it down to the bottom in a minute or two.  I found it a lot more challenging on the snowboard with the heavy pack.  There really wasn’t a ‘dryrun’ to see what it was like with all the weight.

At the bottom we had some snacks.  You can see some people hiking up in the left side of the pic.  The right side was filled with waterfalls and crevasses.

We skiied the line on the left starting at the waterfall.

We took a quick break, put our hiking stuff back on, and headed back to the shelter.

At the shelter we transferred back to our skiies and got to ski down the Sherburne Trail for about a mile. At that point we had to transfer back our hiking gear again and walk down to the bottom.

At the bottom we saw an awesome waterfall.             

Once we got the bottom we had an amazing dinner at Moat Mountain Brewery, ice cream at Friendly’s, then drove home.

Overall I was so proud of Eli today.  He didn’t complain the entire trip, and was so determined to make it to the top.  I’m sure we will both remember this trip forever.

A great 4th of July weekend!

This year the 4th of July fell on a Tuesday, so we decided to take some extra days off and make it a long weekend.

Michele and Eli went up on Wednesday night.  They had a night stay at the Lake of the Clouds hut on Mt Washington planned for Thursday night.  Dave, Aaron, and Tommy came up on Thursday night.  We all stayed until late Tuesday.

On Thursday, Michele and Eli made it to the hut, in the rain, and then summited Mt. Monroe.  On Friday they summited Mt. Washington, but conditions were so bad (70 mph gusts) they took the Cog down.  Overall, Eli was super excited about his successful first summit of Mt. Washington.  I’m sure there are many more to come in the future!

For Dave, on Friday morning he took the kids to the Franconia  playground.  Afterwards they went hiking in the Basin.

Afterwards, we all met up back at the Lodge.  We had some deliveries, new mattresses and a refrigerator (ours was broken by the time we moved in, doh!)  The big hit of the weekend was our internet guy, who got so frustrated by not being able to find the house he just gave up and headed home.  The whole family found this very odd, yet amusing.

On Saturday morning, we headed out to Echo Lake, which is at the base of Cannon Mountain.

The clouds were rolling in so we headed back to the Lodge for lunch and nap.  It turned into a giant storm with torrential downpours.  We got a lot of rain that leaked into the house and a good portion of our road was even washed away!

On Sunday, we decided to hike Artists Bluff.  The weather was great, but the conditions were very wet.  Tommy had a hard time hiking in his worn out sneakers on the wet rocks and roots, but we all survived.

In the afternoon, we went to Clark’s Trading Post, in Lincoln.  It turned out the park was about to close, but it was good to explore the area.

On Monday Dave had to stay home in the morning to meet the house inspector for our insurance.  It turns out that in New Hampshire all new insurance policies get an inspection, makes sense to me!

Michele took the boys to the Flume Gorge.

On Monday night we went out to dinner at Schilling Beer Company in Littleton, NH.  The food and beer here is awesome!  Also, the setting is right on the Ammonoosuc River.  Before dinner we grabbed some Chutters for dessert during the Fireworks.

The fireworks were a total townie event!  It was on a field and they had some games for the kids and a snack bar.  The kids just love being able to release some energy and staying up late.

On Tuesday, we decided to go to Story Land for the day!  We got to the park right at 9:30am for the opening and stayed until  4pm.  After the park we had some ice cream in North Conway.

The biggest hits were the Roar-a-saurus for Eli, the Flume for Aaron, and the train ride for tommy.