RANGER HOPES FOR LOTS OF HELP FOR TUCKERMAN REPAIRS

by Christian Mower on October 21, 2011

THE DIRECTOR OF THE MOUNT WASHINGTON AVALANCHE CENTER AND LEAD SNOW RANGER OF THE WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST SAYS HE’S LOOKING FORWARD TO A LARGE TURNOUT OF VOLUNTEERS THIS WEEKEND AND NEXT TO HELP REPAIR TRAILS IN TUCKERMAN RAVINE DAMAGED BY TROPICAL STORM IRENE.

CHRIS JOOSEN SAYS IRENE IMPACTED THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF MOUNT WASHINGTON MORE THAN MANY WEATHER EVENTS HE’S SEEN IN 20 YEARS. HE’S LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING HELP MAKING REPAIRS FROM MEMBERS OF FRIENDS OF TUCKERMAN RAVINE, THE MOUNT WASHINGTON VOLUNTEER SKI PATROL AND VOLUNTEER SEARCH AND RESCUE GROUPS.

JOOSEN REPORTS IRENE AFFECTED NUMEROUS BRIDGES IN THE CUTLER RIVER DRAINAGE THAT WILL IMPACT SNOWCAT TRAVEL AND EVEN HIKERS IN ONE INSTANCE. THE MOST AFFECTED ARE THE FIRST AND THIRD BRIDGES ON THE TUCK TRAIL, THE WORST BEING THE BRIDGE FROM HERMIT LAKE TO THE SHERBURNE SKI TRAIL.

WORK ON ABUTMENTS IS ALSO REQUIRED IN SOME AREAS TO ALLOW RESCUERS TO GET UP THE MOUNTAIN AND TO HAUL SUPPLIES TO KEEP HUTS OPERATING.

HELMETS AND EYE PROTECTION WILL BE PROVIDED AND VOLUNTEERS WILL MEET SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT 8 A.M. AT THE AMC PINKHAM NOTCH VISITOR CENTER.

SATURDAY’S EFFORT WILL FOCUS ON REBUILDING THE TOBOGGAN CACHE AT HERMIT LAKE AND THE BRIDGES. SUNDAY’S EFFORT WILL BE TO MOVE EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS UP THE MOUNTAIN BY CAT TO REBUILD THE SHERMAN TRAIL BRIDGE AT HERMIT LAKE.

FRIENDS OF TUCKERMAN RAVINE WILL GIVE VOLUNTEERS WITH A T-SHIRT, LUNCH, A CALENDAR AND ONE-YEAR COMPLIMENTARY MEMBERSHIP.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL (603) 986-5761 OR SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.friendsoftuckerman.org.