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Brad
12-04-2008, 06:14 AM
I am hoping to find one day on Martin Luther King Day weekend in January to hike back into Tuckermans Ravine and take pictures. The key is to pick the best weather of the 3 days. Just looking for a day hike back to the headwall - no summit attempt for me.

Would anyone be interested in meeting me at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center on the last minute selected day and coming along?

JimS
12-04-2008, 07:09 AM
I tend not to plan anything more than a few days in advance ... but if I'm around, I'd love to go!

corey.mcentyre
12-04-2008, 11:07 AM
I have it on my calendar and will try to make it up for a hike. How about doing the head lamp routine again since the trail is well marked and we're unlikely to get lost like I did on Kearsarge? ;-) We could catch sunrise at the headwall! I'll bring the DD, bagels and hot chocolate.

Brad
12-04-2008, 09:22 PM
Sunrise in the ravine is a bit hard since most of the ravine floor never sees the sun all day - in the winter.

Oh, I am assuming the "DD" stands for Dunkin Donuts as opposed to your Dear Daughter. I don't think she will join us.

Steve M
12-04-2008, 11:47 PM
Sunrise in the ravine is a bit hard since most of the ravine floor never sees the sun all day - in the winter.

Oh, I am assuming the "DD" stands for Dunkin Donuts as opposed to your Dear Daughter. I don't think she will join us.

Maybe he wants to play a game of Dungeons and Dragons at the headwall?

corey.mcentyre
12-15-2008, 01:04 PM
Yes, yes, DD = Dunkin Donuts. It seems there is one every mile or so up north, but we just don't get many down here (we occasionally drive an hour on Sunday mornings to treat the kids). So .. no sun by the headwall? We'll just have to climb to the rim. ;-)

corey.mcentyre
01-06-2009, 03:15 PM
Ok, flight is booked, gear has been ordered (will arrive tomorrow), and I've worked out a car swap routine with Bill. All I need now is good weather for a short hike .. Brad, that's your gig .. whip up some nice hiking weather on one of those 3 days.

mtruman
01-06-2009, 03:21 PM
All I need now is good weather for a short hike .. Brad, that's your gig .. whip up some nice hiking weather on one of those 3 days.

I thought we determined in last summer's STP that Brian Clark was officially responsible for providing good weather. Is that just for STP?

BlueDog
01-06-2009, 03:40 PM
Hmmm.... you guys are tempting me!

Corey, what'd you order for gear?

Brad
01-06-2009, 07:55 PM
Hmmm.... you guys are tempting me!

Corey, what'd you order for gear?
Bathing suit. Sunglasses. Sandals.

Brad
01-06-2009, 07:56 PM
My hope is to get back into Tuckermans to the Headwall on a clear, blue sky day. I can see it now. Out of 3 days we have to have a great day.

krummholz
01-06-2009, 09:03 PM
Out of 3 days we have to have a great day.

Ha, ha!

Sorry, had to jump into this, as an outsider.

Be sure to bring along the parasol to deflect the ice chunks that come off the headwall.;)

Brad
01-07-2009, 04:00 PM
I was going to take a bumper tube so I could be pushed by the chunk.

Are others up for meeting us at PNVC on a day to be determined later?

Charlie
01-07-2009, 04:35 PM
I was going to take a bumper tube so I could be pushed by the chunk.

Are others up for meeting us at PNVC on a day to be determined later?

i was going to try to make it but my boss booked me to start a job on that Monday and cant change it :(:mad:

so if it is a good clear day hold up a big flag and i may see you on the web cam :D:D

have a safe trip and i know there will be lots of pictures

corey.mcentyre
01-07-2009, 05:35 PM
Hmmm.... you guys are tempting me!

Corey, what'd you order for gear?

I've spent the last few years borrowing equipment from the Bradstreets. I decided it was about time I owned some winter gear (maybe I'll actually do some NC hikes this winter). Now that I think about it, I'm amazed at the vareity and volume of gear between Bill and Brad. They could earn a good living by charging folks for the use as a trial run to decide before buying.

For this trip, I purchased:


Some non-cotton layers (tops and bottoms)
Gaiters
Kahtoolas (they were AWESOME on my Lafayette hike)
SmartWool Balaclava
Expedition Gloves/liners
SmartWool socks and liners
Fleece pants
Headlamp


I still need to get a good down jacket, sleeping bag, and goggles for my March trip, but I can't afford them yet. And, I already have my waterproof layers and both a day pack and a big pack.

Just make sure Brian and/or Brad do a good job on the weather - I'll expect beautiful clear sky, a light breeze, and maybe some snow during the descent. You guys want to add anything else, I'm ok with that.

Brad
01-07-2009, 09:58 PM
Corey,

The Kahtoolas were only awesome on your hike AFTER you put them on. Sitting inside your pack they did you no good.

corey.mcentyre
01-10-2009, 01:27 PM
Corey,

The Kahtoolas were only awesome on your hike AFTER you put them on. Sitting inside your pack they did you no good.

Yeah, yeah. I scrambled up a trail that at times looked like a frozen river before putting them on at the hut. I have to learn lessons the hard way or they wont stick. REI said mine were on backorder, so if they don't arrive before the 15th, I'll probably steal Bill's again (unless you have been able to talk him into joining). Given the amount of snow I've seen discussed on TV, should I invest in some snowshoes??

Brad
01-10-2009, 06:45 PM
Yeah, yeah. I scrambled up a trail that at times looked like a frozen river before putting them on at the hut. I have to learn lessons the hard way or they wont stick. REI said mine were on backorder, so if they don't arrive before the 15th, I'll probably steal Bill's again (unless you have been able to talk him into joining). Given the amount of snow I've seen discussed on TV, should I invest in some snowshoes??
I have 2 pair of small snowshoes - plus several pair of antique ones which work just fine too. Linda's Kahtoolas might work fine for you - but each one has a link missing. So, she will be getting new ones also.

JimS
01-13-2009, 06:12 PM
Hey Brad,

I'm going to be up house sitting in Gorham Saturday through Monday, so I could be in for this. I have an ambitious photo itin though...and never really plan stuff in advance of doing it ... so I won't commit...but the odds aren't looking bad depending on the day and time.

I'll PM you my cell #, even if I don't hike, I'd love to join ya for some hot cocoa in Pinkham before or after!

Jim

Brad
01-13-2009, 07:24 PM
We are looking for a Plan B. Thinking about maybe doing Kearsarge North off Hurricane Mt Road just north of N Conway.

Anyone have insight on the trail condition this time of year? Would it be packed down - icy - need snowshoes?

Just looking at alternatives. the fire tower on top would be nice if it is real cold.

krummholz
01-13-2009, 07:52 PM
My experience with Kearsarge North is that it's always packed down by local "fitness people." Of course if there's a big snow dump the night before that might not be true. Last year I went up with big pack, snowshoes, and crampons, and somebody in lycra ran past me with summer boots. Oh well, it was good training for me to carry all that weight.

Brad
01-13-2009, 08:43 PM
Thanks - that is the info we were looking for. If it is cold we may do this instead of getting back into Tuckermans.

Brad
01-16-2009, 07:34 PM
Looks like we will do N Kearsarge off Hurricane Mt Road north of N Conway tomorrow morning. Should be at the trailhead around 8AM.

Brad
01-17-2009, 05:16 PM
A great day! It was -22F at the house as we left for the trail head. Was -16F when we started hiking. Only saw one person going up. A group of 5 joined us in the fire tower and we saw several groups on the way down.

The trail was well packed down and traction was good. Having Kahtoola's on made it nice and easy going. A couple of icy spots and one place where there was not much footing. But overall the trail was easy to follow and well packed down. Some of the folks we saw as we were going down had snow shoes on - they were not really needed and probably were more of a pain than they were worth.

In the fire tower the room was cold when we got there (I wonder why) and it got up to +21F with the people inside. After taking some pictures outside I came back in and the camera lens frosted over right away. It was fine once we got back out in the cold.

Overall a very good day. Took our time going up (3 hrs) and down was a steady pace (2 hrs).

Some pictures from the day

A typical view of the trail going up. Narrow -snow covered branches on each side.

http://images45.fotki.com/v1431/photos/8/8235/7142116/IMG_0322a-vi.jpg

Near the summit you can see how high and far we have gone.

http://images42.fotki.com/v1435/photos/8/8235/7142116/IMG_0325a-vi.jpg

View from the fire tower looking northwest.

http://images46.fotki.com/v1443/photos/8/8235/7142116/IMG_0329a-vi.jpg

Iced over windows to the fire tower.

http://images45.fotki.com/v1423/photos/8/8235/7142116/IMG_0330a-vi.jpg

Fire tower

http://images47.fotki.com/v1402/photos/8/8235/7142116/IMG_0331a-vi.jpg

KD Talbot
01-17-2009, 06:13 PM
Kearsarge North is always a great hike! Glad you had a good time! Nice pics!

KDT

Rich
01-17-2009, 09:47 PM
Sounds like a nice cool day, Brad!

Steve M
01-17-2009, 11:47 PM
Thanks for sharing, Brad. One day I'll be able to come along.

Tim&Val
01-18-2009, 10:42 AM
What a great looking day, Brad!! Beautiful pics!

Valerie

Brad
01-18-2009, 12:03 PM
It was the positive input from here on the forum that set out for Kearsarge. It is nice to be able to ask a specific question and get the answer you need. Thanks!

mtruman
01-18-2009, 03:25 PM
Great TR and pics Brad. Was thinking about you guys yesterday and wondering how the hike was going. Obviously a great day!

Brad
01-18-2009, 04:55 PM
There were several folks "wondering" about us. But it turned out to be a nice day.

TrishandAlex
01-18-2009, 05:21 PM
Really glad you had a nice hike! Those pictures are great! :)