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Farewell Ice!

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Huntington Ravine Trails: Tuckerman Ravine, Fire/Service Road
I had a phenomenal ice season and I owe it to several lead ice climbers; Jeff Stone, Geoff Nichols and Sean Bowen. I've benefited greatly from and am inspired by their experience and patience. Thank you!
This was supposed to be a multi-pitch ice climb and my last of the season, but it was not meant to be. I met Jeff and Maggie in the gear room at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. We headed up the Tuckerman’s Ravine trail along with a large crowd headed toward Tuckerman Ravine. Once at the floor of Huntington Ravine, Maggie headed back down to the trailhead and Jeff and I made our way up to Yale.
“Oh crap!” I thought to myself! I couldn’t believe it! I got cramps in both calves just before Jeff and I got to the base of Yale. Not.good.at.all! I shook it off, stretched out, took in fluids and a couple of bites of my protein bar. We got up to Yale and so far so good, the cramps had subsided. From the base the right side of Yale…

Huntington Ravine “The Fan” - Solo Spring Hike

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Huntington Ravine Floor (4,100ft) Elevation Gain: 2,100ft Distance: 5.2 miles roundtrip Trails: Tuckerman Ravine, Huntington Ravine, Fire/Service Road
Not my usual hike to a summit, but above 4000 feet for sure. The Huntington Ravine floor, commonly known as “The Fan” was my destination for this morning. I had originally planned to hike this yesterday but today the forecast called for a sunny, deep blue sky day. 'The Fan' is a huge open boulder field below the headwall that spreads out like one of those old hand fans.  Normally you would have to navigate around, over, and in between some huge boulders in the scrub to get to the Fan. But the snow and ice make it easier to get around.
I was pretty surprised at the amount of skiers and boarders at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. The parking lot was packed so I ended up parking on the side of the road just outside the entrance. Tuckerman Ravine Trail was packed with folks of all ages with downhill and XC skis, snow boards, sleds and …