A note from the Executive Director

As the new Executive Director of the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine, I look forward to welcoming new and existing members to our new "nation". Please be patient as we migrate to a new website using a terrific new web platform called NationBuilder. I would encourage old and new members to login to the site and to engage with our organization as much as possible, both online and in person.

Over the coming months we will be putting together new events that volunteers and "friends" can participate in, including of course our famous Tuckerman Inferno and Wildcat Wildfire races to be held in the Spring of 2014. But we're not just about races and athletic competition, we're all about having a good time, in any season when you visit Tuckerman Ravine and it's environs. We would look forward to you sharing your Tuckerman experiences with us via our website, our Facebook page and our Twitter feed.

Feel free to reach out and contact me directly if you'd like to get involved or have any questions on how the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine organization can assist you in enjoying this special place.

Peter Nelson

Executive Director

commented on Inferno Volunteers 2017-03-24 12:50:54 -0400 · Flag
Kate, anyone looking to volunteer at any of the race transition points (other than up on the mountain) should sign up under the Road Safety Team. Thanks for being willing to help out!
published Broadband WiFi Safety in Projects 2017-02-18 07:04:38 -0500

Broadband WiFi Safety Project

Mount Washington has a notorious reputation for challenging weather conditions and a history of accidents and incidents that are often life threatening and that typically involve extensive search and rescue operations. During such emergencies, the ability to effectively coordinate communications can often make the difference between life and death. 

The Friends of Tuckerman Ravine supports the work and mission of the US Forest Service Snow Rangers and the Mount Washington Avalanche Center as part of our overall mission to preserve and protect this unique recreational resource.

This year, one of our key fundraising projects involves conducting feasibility studies to implement new high speed wireless Internet capabilities at the USFS Hermit Lake shelter. Initial testing is scheduled for the summer of 2017 and we need help to cover the costs of this project that will include the design and implementation phases of a high speed wireless communications link between Tuckerman Ravine and the Wildcat ski area. The primary aim of this project will be to bring reliable, high-speed Internet capabilities to this remote area in support of USFS Snow Ranger operations. It is also expected that an improved Internet access capability will serve as a critical communications link during emergency situations so there is a strong public safety component to this project as well. Your donations will go towards making this project a reality by allowing us to invest in new hardware, software and communications contracts.

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published USSMA in Links 2016-11-23 11:23:04 -0500

USSMA

published Peter Nelson in Board Members 2016-10-20 14:13:16 -0400

Peter Nelson

Peter Nelson is the Executive Director for the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine. He brings a diverse business background to the table including previous nonprofit work with the citizen-science based Earthwatch Institute in addition to many hours of volunteer work with other nonprofits. Peter has launched more than one successful high-tech company and is putting his business accumen to work by helping FOTR transform it's internal systems and procedures while at the same time focusing on new fundraising initiatives and membership development.

Pete's been an active four season outdoor enthusiast his whole life and has introduced many friends and family to Tuckerman Ravine and environs. An avid skier, telemarker and hiker keeps him actively engaged in exploring our mountain habitats whenever possible. 

 

published Dan Houde in Board Members 2016-10-20 14:09:21 -0400

Dan Houde

Dan House bio under construction

published Ken Lubin in Board Members 2016-10-20 14:08:58 -0400

Ken Lubin

Ken Lubin bio under construction

published Shop FOTR in SHOP 2016-09-20 15:11:16 -0400

SHOP

published Signage Sponsor in Inferno Sponsors 2016-03-17 20:24:04 -0400

Signage Sponsor

Signage Sponsor

Your cash contribution helps cover design and production costs for race signage. Your name and logo can go on certain signs in recognition of your contribution (i.e., all Race-In-Progress signs placed along the road course have your company name &logo on them)
  • Road signs & course markers (company name & logo recognition on all signage materials, recommended choice as go-to printer for other Sponsors banners & marketing materials)
posted about Deck Donations on Facebook 2015-10-08 15:29:27 -0400
I made a donation to Friends of Tuckerman Ravine deck replacement project. Please join me in saving the HoJo deck!

Deck Donations

$545.00 raised
GOAL: $20,000.00

The iconic deck at Hermit Lake, more affectionately known as "HoJo's" is in desperate need of repair. Your donation will help us procure building materials, supplies and labor to disassemble, remove, and replace the deck structure and surrounding wind screen wall protection. Won't you please help make this project a reality in 2015? We appreciate your support and generosity!

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published Polecat Ski and Sports Club in Lodging Partners 2015-02-17 13:13:21 -0500

Polecat Ski and Sports Club

published Food & Dining Establishments in Sponsors 2014-11-19 12:31:25 -0500

Food & Dining Establishments

Everyone that skis, hikes or climbs Tuckerman Ravine gets thirsty and hungry! If you are a local business providing a special dining experience of interest to any visitor in the greater Mount Washington Valley region, then please support the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine as a corporate sponsor. We encourage every business that offers food and beverages to the public to join us in quenching the thirst and appetites of our members, Inferno athletes, and associated friends and families.

We appreciate food and dining establishments that support not only our efforts to preserve and protect Tuckerman Ravine through their generous direct contributions, but we like to highlight them as Food & Dining Establishment Partners too, especially when they are able to offer our members a discount or special pricing on a meal, a drink or any other food related item.

If you are willing and able to offer our fan base any type of special offer, then we hope you will consider advertising as a member rewards partner with the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine. By doing so, we offer advertising space and visibility to our membership/fan base via our website, including regular posts and updates regarding your special offers and deals targeting our members. There are several ways you can become involved and participate as a Food & Dining Establishment Partner with the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine, click here to learn more.

Friends of Tuckerman Ravine Food & Dining Partners

 

Click here to learn more about becoming a Food and Dining Establishments Partner

published Utility Shed in Projects 2014-10-08 15:42:21 -0400

Utility Shed

Proposed Expanded Storage Facility & Utility Shed

Background

Old shed

The USFS Snow Ranger program maintains several buildings at the base of Mount Washington in Pinkham Notch. These structures house equipment and materials critical to the daily operations of the Mount Washington Avalanche Center. The US Forest Service is the lead agency in charge of Search and Rescue in the Cutler River Drainage from December 1 to May 31 each year. The Snow Rangers are frequently on duty in the Ravines, and are on call during this entire time frame for emergency operations. Thus, it is imperative that these facilities and equipment remain in tip top shape to support this mission. The Friends of Tuckerman Ravine raises funds and supplies volunteer resources to assist the Forest Service in this mission. We also use these facilities as a place to store tools for our trail crews and to coordinate and arrange group activities on the mountain, including our own mountain safety team during the annual Inferno race event. 

This year we seek to build a new storage shed to replace an antiquated, small structure that has outlived it's original purpose. Won't you please help us make this new building a reality with a generous contribution? Your financial support could ultimately save a life on Mount Washington, so please help us get this project underway with a donation today!

Use and needFront of old shed

The USFS Snow Ranger program is looking to build a shed at the existing Pinkham Notch Garage location in order to expand storage space. Currently, an 8'x10' shed, used primarily for fuel storage, exists at the proposed site of the new structure. The existing shed would be moved and repurposed to make room for a new utility shed. In order to best meet current and future needs, a new 18' x 20' structure is proposed in order to accommodate 1- 2 snow machines and/or a six wheeled ATV.  Shoulder months with little snow appear to be more regular occurrences and the snow machines allow more rapid access to the USFS Snow Rangers' operational area for day-to-day forecasting operations as well as for rescue and emergency response situations when the larger Pisten Bully vehicle should not or can not be driven.  As shown in the plan view, the overall dimensions of the building accommodate 2 snow machines with space allotted for safe passage around the vehicles as well as some storage space along the walls for tools and equipment. Note that a new snowmobile is drawn to scale in the plan. The other snow mobiles are a bit shorter, the 6 wheeler is a bit wider and shorter.

Site and design considerations

New Shed Site

Construction style will be post and pier to accommodate the slope pitch of approximately 1-2:12. The site chosen will require removal of 10 trees (<4” in diameter each including mountain ash, beech, fir) and some brush. An earthen or gravel ramp may be requiredon one end to level and smooth entrance in order to reduce problems entering and exiting building. A second entrance to serve as an exit in winter months is also desirable but, may be eliminated based if budget constraints exist. Little ground disturbance will be necessary or desired given the rocky soil. Erosion during construction should not be much of an issue. Nearby, downslope terrain is flat and would easily capture minor sediments produced by digging and backfilling holes for piers. Exterior finish details will be typical brown stained or painted wood siding and trim details with brown, five rib steel roofing to reduce snow load. 8-10 pitch gable construction with ridge running the 20’ dimension will reduce snow pile ups at entrance(s). Windows may be added for natural lighting as budget allows. Roof planes will face NW and SE with little opportunity for glare visible from nearby viewpoints due to orientation and remaining canopy.

In the overview of site looking towards the garage, the preferred location of the new structure is the rear corner of the existing garage building.  The snowmobile/ATV approach would be from the left behind the existing garage, and the alternative exit to the right are already cleared of shrubs and larger trees to maintain plow lanes around the existing garage.

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published Trail Work in Trails 2014-09-25 22:45:42 -0400

Trail Work

published Summit Conditions in Weather Conditions 2014-09-25 21:13:17 -0400

Summit Conditions

published Weather Conditions 2014-09-25 21:11:38 -0400

Weather Conditions

Among other things, Mount Washington NH is known for it's notorious weather conditions that can change on a moment's notice any time of the year. Visitors to the area should diligently check weather forecasts and conditions before heading up into the ravines and especially when heading above treeline. Always be prepared for a change in the weather and in the winter please realize that you could be heading into avalanche terrain. Here are some resources to pay attention to as you plan your trip:

From the Mount Washington Observatory

From the Mount Washington Avalanche Center

From NOAA - National Weather Service - Gray Maine Station

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published Avalanche Boards in Projects 2014-09-22 23:14:16 -0400

Avalanche Boards

Working in concert with the USFS, FOTR has built and funded a new set of avalanche advisory kiosks at Hermit Lake and the Harvard Cabin locations. These kiosks help backcountry skiers, climbers and hikers by providing updates on current snow conditions and avalanche assessment. We encourage all backcountry travelers to pay attention to these warnings and to travel with appropriate equipment and knowledge to minimize risks and to maximize your own safety preparedness. In the winter months, a beacon, probe and shovel should the part of the standard safety gear your carry in this terrain, along with the knowledge and training on how to use them. 

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published Cabin Flooring in Projects 2014-09-22 23:12:52 -0400

USFS Cabin Flooring

 

usfs_cabin.jpgThe USFS cabin at Hermit Lake is an old structure in need of regular ongoing maintenance and repair. The Friends of Tuckerman Ravine provided financial assistance to the USFS in order to improve and sustain this cabin location, especially during the brutal winter months when the USFS Snow Ranger team makes it their headquarters during avalanche monitoring activities and winter snow and ice conditions reporting. The cabin also serves as a base for search and rescue activities and related first aid dispatch in Tuckerman and Huntington ravines. 

There are a number of important infrastructure projects and initiatives needed to keep the Hermit Lake cabins in good operating condition. A priority for the 2013-14 winter season was the replacement of the worn out and cracked flooring in the cabin.

This project has now been completed thanks to your donations and through the financial support of Friends of Tuckerman Ravine!

Please keep up the good work and show your appreciation for the important work that the Snow Ranger team performs by making a thoughtful contribution to our Hermit Lake Infrastructure Fund. We have more projects coming up that need your support!

Before

Is this any way for a Snow Ranger to live and work?

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After

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 Looks and functions a lot better now, don't you agree? Donate now.

published Job Hazard Analysis in Trails 2014-09-22 11:35:22 -0400

FOTR Job Hazard Analysis

published WMNF AAT Manual in Trails 2014-09-22 10:50:20 -0400

WMNF AAT Manual

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