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World's Worst Weather

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tuckerman's Ravine is a "ski at your own risk" kind of area. It has been said that "if you can ski the Tuck, you can ski anywhere in the world". People from around the world come in early Spring for this skiing adventure. A skier must hike for 3 hours in order to enjoy the exhilarating 10 minute thrill-ride down.

Mt. Washington's "World's Worst Weather" made an appearance while I was working as an information Volunteer at Pinkham Notch Visitor's Center last weekend. Actually, it was an answer to prayers. Talking with inexperienced skiers was an unnerving experience. Feelings of futility filled my heart and mind as fearless skiers gave me a patronizing smile, and thanked me for my advice. Others just looked at me and knew that I had not "skied the Tuck". I am a lowly cross country skiers, and have no first hand experience about the crevasses that can open up to a waterfall below, or the avalanches that can start at any time.

Saturday's weather report was perfect for skiers! 30 degrees, low winds and sun. Over 200 skiers came to enjoy the day. Then the clouds came in, and the winds started. Most of the day, Mt. Washington was totally socked in with fog, and 78 MPH winds. It was a very cold day on the mountain!

There was no view of Mt. Washington, right in front of us. Most people were smart, and waited at the base camp, Hermit Lake Shelter, for the fog to clear.

There were a few that hiked through the fog, and snow boarded down the mountain anyhow. Those are the people that concern the Ski Patrol most of all.

My weekend volunteer time was good. Everyone who hiked up the mountain returned safely. I have learned so much by helping hikers, skiers, and even those who do not listen to my advice.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DS9KIE 4/26/2014 8:53AM

    some skiers are just plan crazy

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 4/25/2014 11:24PM

    Some people will never learn. I'm glad nothing happened then considering all that was going on.

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ADIOSALL 4/24/2014 4:24AM

    Beautiful! emoticon

Comment edited on: 4/24/2014 4:24:56 AM

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GRAMMYEAC 4/23/2014 10:54PM

    Thanks for the update, Jackie. Sounds like the Tuck was one busy place once the fog lifted, lots of folks waiting for conditions to improve.

And then, the false bravados that hiked and snowboarded in the fog... emoticon

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EDDYMEESE 4/23/2014 10:39PM


A client of mine lost her dog a few days ago at a base camp after she and her mother were finally found by search and rescue. It is somewhere in Oregon. I don't remember where. It is so scary how easy it is to get hurt or lost out there.

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68ANNE 4/23/2014 8:49PM

    Sounds like the mom in you
How many people are rescued in a typical season?

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MJ7DM33 4/23/2014 6:06PM

  Thanks for sharing!

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YOYONOMORE1 4/23/2014 4:13PM

    Well glad they all made it back safely, none of those activities are my cup of tea, I'd be at the lodge all snuggled in front of a roaring fire with a cup of hot chocolate, lol. Guess you can give advice but that doesn't mean people will except it, you just did the best job you could.

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    You can only do your best.

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MJEFFERSON23 4/23/2014 9:43AM

  I'm glad everyone is safe and sound. As for me, I'm looking forward to summer heat!

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WILSONWR 4/23/2014 9:38AM

    Looks like a lot of fun! It's nice to provide a service you enjoy!

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MSLZZY 4/23/2014 9:30AM

    Keep talking and hope someone listens. Have a great Wednesday! HUGS!

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DEBBYFROMMT 4/23/2014 9:17AM

    I guess you can tell the ones who have STUPID written across their foreheads. I would listen to you, but then I don't think I would ski the "Tuck" anyway.

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NUTRON3 4/23/2014 8:49AM

    Great info!

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LINDAKAY228 4/23/2014 8:34AM

    I am so glad they all came back safely. Definitely not a sport for me!

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FERRETLOVER1 4/23/2014 8:07AM

    It always amazes me that people will disregard their safety - end up in trouble - then cause many others to risk their lives to save them.

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SANDRALEET 4/23/2014 7:51AM

    Do not tempt the lord for the sake of a trill Can cost you your life and tax payers a lot of money to find them Your life to valuable

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NASFKAB 4/23/2014 7:30AM

  you are doing a great service

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MARGARITTM 4/23/2014 7:28AM

    I can appreciate pushing your limits! Skiing the "Tuck" is the Big Daddy for skiers. Like the Boston Marathon or the Super Bowl.

One of those "if I have to explain it - then you wouldn't understand" events.

Great that you got to experience the event.

Thanks for the great pics and report !Love it!

PS I am running the Mt Washington Road Race in June......only one hill!

Comment edited on: 4/23/2014 7:29:58 AM

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1CRAZYDOG 4/23/2014 7:24AM

    I am so glad everyone made it back safely! Adrenaline seekers really don't really weigh the risks of their actions sometimes!

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MAMISHELI53 4/23/2014 7:23AM

    What a valuable service you provide! It must be very rewarding, even though some people are just thick headed!

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WATERDIAMONDS 4/23/2014 7:14AM

    You do an important, albeit nerve-wracking, volunteer job. On behalf of all the skiers out there, thank you.

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PATSYB7 4/23/2014 6:55AM

    Glad everyone made it back safely. I love cross country skiing as well as downhill. I find the xc more Zen. :O) Have a great day!

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TWEETYKC00 4/23/2014 6:45AM

    I am glad you are safe and sound now.

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