Time for Tuckerman Checklist

Pack - a good pack large enough for extra clothes and food as well as your ski/board boots (you can also mount them externally). Your pack must be strong enough to hold approx 45lbs of gear… skis/board, boots et all. A heavy-duty waist belt and shoulder harness will greatly increase your comfort hiking up. Look for compressions straps on the sides of the pack for attaching your skis securely.


Clothes - on a typical spring day you may start off hiking in shorts and a tee shirt only to change into full winter gear by the time you reach the exposure above HoJo's. Even a hot sunny day can turn cloudy/windy and VERY cold in the PM. Taking a chance by skimping on clothes can result in a shorten day in the bowl. Bring several layers of clothing, wind breaker/ski jacket, extra socks, hat, gloves, and don't forget your sunglasses. . If you are just hiking up to watch friends and such ski then bring extra clothing as well for those long sits on Lunch Rocks.

Hiking Gear - you'll want to hike up the trail in a decent pair of well-supported hiking boots… hopefully somewhat waterproof. (hiking up in ski boots - yes its been done is NOT suggested). The trail can start off dry then turn to wet slush and snow as you ascend to higher elevation. Crampons certainly help with slippage on snow and icy areas of the trail. Extra socks incase the trail is wet.

Food - You'll be getting a good workout spending the day hauling up 45lbs of gear up the mountain. Make sure you have plenty of food… sandwiches, yesterday's leftovers and snack foods. Use plastic bags and bottles, nothing in glass (may break and is heavy).

Water - On warmer days you'll be sweating it up hiking up the trail and become dehydrated. A few liters of water should do. Keep it handy while hiking up otherwise you will be less likely to drink when you should if its buried in the bottom of your pack.

Tie Straps - have some of these on hand to assisting in attaching your skis or board securely to your pack as well as other items such as poles, boots, crampons.

Skis / Boards - generally your old 'rock' skis are your best choice rather than your brand new Salomon Crossmax's since you might well encounter some rocks and dirt especially on the ski-out. Short skis are better for those quick turns (no GS turns at Tucks) so leave your 195's at home. Attach your skis to the sides of your pack with the tips taped together (ie tee-pee style). Your pack should have side compressions straps to attach your skis securely.

TIPS: Test your configuration at home BEFORE you head out to ensure your system is secure. Try walking around with your skis/board on a loaded pack to see how it feels. Your skis/board should not lean to the side or sway as you walk, and your pack should feel secure. Try walking up a slope (or stairs). If your skis are hitting your heels you will need to raise them up a bit on the sides of your pack. Don't put them up to high or your pack will be too top heavy.

Pack your boots in the BOTTOM of your pack to keep your center of gravity low, then add your clothes and food.

Keep water and some snack foods accessible for the hike up (side pocket of back pack, belly pack or coat pockets.

Small plastic garbage bags are handy when your hiking boots get wet. Change into your extra socks and put each foot into a garbage bag before putting your boots back on. This will keep you feet dry and less likely to blister than wet feet.

Bring everything on your list with you in the car. Once at the trailhead you can check weather and forecast and decide what if anything you can leave behind. DON'T underestimate the weather however based on conditions in the parking lot! Ask the staff in the visitors center if your not sure.

Bring a can of beer to celebrate the end of the day.

Remember whatever you hike up the mountain, you must bring off the mountain.

Keep your camera ready!

 
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