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    Default Upcoming Tuckerman Conditions

    A few of my friends and I are interested in hiking up the Tuckerman trail on May 12th. Would anyone like to guess on what the trail conditions will be like? Are crampons and poles necessary, or will good boots do? We're all relatively inexperienced, so I'm basically trying to determine whether we're biting off more than we can chew.

    Thanks for any insight,
    Zach

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    Trail: Tuckerman's Ravine Trail
    Date Hiked: 4-25-07

    Conditions: Packed snow

    Special Required Equipment: Bare booted it on the way up. Used snowshoes for the return. I would suggest snow crampons for both ways. Poles are a help.

    Comments: Was realtively quiet today in the ravine. Some skiers and snowboarders provided entertainment. Wait for the weekend if you want more action to observe.

    Submitted by:skibones

    Got this off of "Views form the Top" website. See link below:

    http://www.viewsfromthetop.com/trail/nh/index.html

    You may want to consider Lion's Head Trail. Just a suggestion.
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    Thanks for the reply. I saw that post too, but I figured a lot will change in three weeks, especially during this time of the year.

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    That's true. Welcome to the forums by the way!!
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    Always be prepared for ANYTHING.
    Ya never know what your gonna get this time of the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joey Keyz
    Always be prepared for ANYTHING.
    Ya never know what your gonna get this time of the year.

    And like WSR88D said, "Welcome To MWO"
    Having been caught in terrible weather conditions - horizontal freezing rain - snow white out conditions - in the summer, I know that anything can happen up there with the weather. Joey is right - be prepared for anything. Start watching the weather a week or more before going up. Watch what the weather is - how it is changing - what it does throughout the day - see how that changes as you get closer to your hike day. Then judge what the weather will be on hike day and pick what is practical for those conditions.

    The beauty of the mountain is that each year everything is different. A few warm days and a lot of the snow pack could be gone. But, at night it will freeze back up. Right now it is 18 degrees on the summit. Check out the Auto Road Vertical Temperature profile page to see how the temperatures change as one goes up. It is an excellent tool.
    www.mountwashington.org/weather/arvtp/
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