Skier rescued by bystanders after falling more than 400 feet through jagged rocks at Tuckerman Ravine
A group of bystanders jumped into action at Tuckerman Ravine during Memorial Day weekend.
He was ascending at the time of his fall.But was he wearing skis?
What were his injuries?
I've fallen farther than that at Tucks without helmet or crampons.
Up (and then down) the ~1900' vertical on the Sherburne via an ATV is relatively easy. Just like any middling intermediate ski trail at a resort.I think rescue in winter may be easier with snowmobiles. Now, since it’s mostly grass, possibly you could get a rugged vehicle up the Sherburne trail? Might be too steep.
All foot traffic is strictly forbidden.[...] Do people hike down the Sherburne trail? That lower portion I might consider.
I was there on Friday. Very, very few people there. Probably a dozen all day, based on people hiking in/out but no more than at a time
“They walked him down a trail”
Yikes. That’s probably 2.5 miles of rocky trail.
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What’s the technique for transitioning from crampons when hiking up the steep snow in the Ravine? Flat spots might be hard to come by.All foot traffic is strictly forbidden.
With no snow, hiking would lead to massive erosion that would in return require much more snow base to make it skiable.
And with snow, hiking trashes the skiing conditions via postholing.
Snow was actually very good where we skied. Bit too much dirt content skiers left, but still nice. Could have easily done laps for hours with a lift. Avoided any sort of gully that showed on the surface.That looks really nasty. Poor "snow" conditions. Looks like punchy refrozen "snow". Undermined snow (possibly icy water flows underneath). Frozen ice flows here and there. Yikes!
Not punchy for your skis -- the snow is very consolidated by this time of the season, and usually even by early April, given all our dense wind slab from the winter.That looks really nasty. Poor "snow" conditions. Looks like punchy refrozen "snow". Undermined snow (possibly icy water flows underneath). Frozen ice flows here and there. Yikes!
An important yet difficult ski mountaineering skill for sure!What’s the technique for transitioning from crampons when hiking up the steep snow in the Ravine? Flat spots might be hard to come by.
Ditto for when I first went there in June of 1996.When I hiked/skied it back in the 80's no one wore crampons. There was a defined boot pack going up the ravine and another one over at Hillman's. Everyone went up single file. Everyone left packs stashed at bottom of ravine or at Hojo's and carried skis over the shoulder style.[...]