View Full Version : non-technical hike to the summit?

09-24-2007, 07:08 PM

I would like to try to summit tomorrow. If I start at Pinkham Notch and go up the Tuckerman Ravine trails , will that bring me to the summit without the need to do any technical climbs? I would define technical climb as pulling myself up over boulders or jumping over a drop off to continue a hike..:) I also do NOT like hiking on the edge of a drop off...a few feet in from a drop off is fine:) Vertigo and I don't get along (go figure, I ski, mtn bike etc) anyway.....

I'm a beginner "hiker" (in pretty good shape) and just like a long, steep hike....I have gone up the Tuckermans Ravine Trail before in mid October and experienced the snow and wind and turned back right above the signs for the SKI AREA due to sustained winds of 110MPH...

Is this the best trail to take or does anyone suggest something else that will still get me to the summit? Again, I dont mind the length of the trail or the incline.


Bill O
09-24-2007, 07:42 PM
Tuck's should be just fine.

09-24-2007, 08:03 PM
I think either tucks or lion head would be fine. Neither have any 'technical' points; lion head has a few short steep slabs, tucks is next to a drop off for a few feet, but neither are anything that anyone but the most extreme fears should have any problem dealing with...in good weather ofcourse.

Bill O
09-24-2007, 08:08 PM
Not to mention...I'd consider it technical if you need ropes and/or crampons & ice axe.

I've been on balconies that are scarier than the Tuck's trail.

09-24-2007, 08:39 PM
Tucks or Lions Head should be fine. I would be more concerned about the weather than the trail. Having good weather will make he day a really great time.

Steve M
09-24-2007, 09:22 PM
I think Lion's head has a few more spots where you would have to "climb" some rocks. Don't get me wrong, none are anything to be concerned about. Lion's Head is a great trail because when you get up top the view into the ravine is awesome as well as the view of the alpine garden and the summit cone. Once you get on top the trail levels out for a while before you make the final push to the summit where as Tuck's will have you climbing from the headwall to the summit, with the headwall being the steepest part.