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(Boston Herald)   "We were not familiar with Mount Washington at all," says hiker, explaining why he was caught in an avalanche   (bostonherald.com) divider line 56
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2013-12-31 11:57:04 AM  
This is not a mountain that you fark around with.

i42.tinypic.com
 
2013-12-31 11:59:02 AM  
They had no business being there without a guide if they were not familiar with the mt. Tuckermans is probably the nastiest place in the continental US.
 
2013-12-31 12:02:20 PM  

derpy: This is not a mountain that you fark around with.

[i42.tinypic.com image 494x349]


This.  I've hiked to the summit in the summer.  July, to be exact.  One of the hottest days of summer.  There were people SKIING up near the summit.  It was freezing cold by the time we got to the top, and it was by far the most difficult hike I've ever done.  People who don't do their research and come unprepared are morons.
 
2013-12-31 12:02:49 PM  
Once I was up on top in July, in a thundering snow storm.

God created Mt Washington to test the faithful.
 
2013-12-31 12:05:32 PM  
They should have taken the Great Carbuncle with them.
 
2013-12-31 12:06:02 PM  

derpy: This is not a mountain that you fark around with.


Being on Tuckerman ravine this time of year is a recipe for disaster. During this time of year, HUNDREDS of feet of snow accumulates on its slopes.
 
2013-12-31 12:06:11 PM  
Also, Douche doesn't bother thanking people who risked their lives to save his stupid ass.  I'm assuming it was the Pinkham croo, but he barely mentions them...

So, thank you AMC croos, for keeping the mountains safe for morans.
 
2013-12-31 12:09:28 PM  
Dumbasses do this every year. They hike the ranges and cause avalanches or get lost and expect to be rescued, if they're not killed.
 
2013-12-31 12:11:24 PM  
i.dailymail.co.uk

"Next time, boys."
 
2013-12-31 12:12:09 PM  
For those who don't know, THIS is what they tried to come down:

i41.tinypic.com

In the spring, when this pic was taken, it's a nasty hard natural ski bowl.  In the winter, you shouldn't be there.  You can see two avalanche lines even in this pic.
 
2013-12-31 12:13:34 PM  
Was he a member of Moxie Fruvous?

/hopelessly obscure
 
2013-12-31 12:16:40 PM  

derpy: This is not a mountain that you fark around with.

[i42.tinypic.com image 494x349]


Ive hiked in the Whites since I was 5 years old. First summited Washington on my 6th birthday with my folks.  Been going up to the mountains for almost 50 years.  Washington is NOT to be farked with.  Ive been up there in all seasons and all kinds of weather, and Ive probably turned back a dozen times when the weather goes from "nice summer/fall/winter day" to "The Gods of the Mountain want you dead" in five minutes.  Its a beautiful mountain, but can be scary as hell, too.

/like Jefferson better, actually.
 
2013-12-31 12:17:06 PM  
I'm the corpse of a British tourist who is lost in the mountains north of Vancouver so I'm getting a real kick...etc

/being eaten by coyotes and crows

http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/search-for-missing - british-tourist-may-come-to-an-end-after-very-credible-tip/article1613 7205/?service=mobile
 
2013-12-31 12:17:22 PM  

derpy: For those who don't know, THIS is what they tried to come down:

[i41.tinypic.com image 640x503]

In the spring, when this pic was taken, it's a nasty hard natural ski bowl.  In the winter, you shouldn't be there.  You can see two avalanche lines even in this pic.


I was going to post some helpful tips on checking snow layers for avalanche conditions, but upon looking at that picture, one look of this area should have told them to stay the f- away...
 
2013-12-31 12:18:44 PM  

Squawky: Dumbasses do this every year. They hike the ranges and cause avalanches or get lost and expect to be rescued, if they're not killed.


If they don't end up in a crevice until late spring.

If you are going to hike that area get a local guide.  And if he's willing to take you up this time of year get another one.
 
2013-12-31 12:19:04 PM  

derpy: For those who don't know, THIS is what they tried to come down:

[i41.tinypic.com image 640x503]

In the spring, when this pic was taken, it's a nasty hard natural ski bowl.  In the winter, you shouldn't be there.  You can see two avalanche lines even in this pic.


There is a similar pic in a frame on the wall of my office right now. I used to love spring skiing at Tuckermans.
 
2013-12-31 12:20:06 PM  
Welcome to New Hampshire, now go the fark home.
 
2013-12-31 12:20:09 PM  

Bill_Wick's_Friend: I'm the corpse of a British tourist who is lost in the mountains north of Vancouver so I'm getting a real kick...etc

/being eaten by coyotes and crows

http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/search-for-missing - british-tourist-may-come-to-an-end-after-very-credible-tip/article1613 7205/?service=mobile


Knows the pain of being eaten by coyotes:

www.geekbinge.com

/Movie has a couple of fun moments, but over all dogshiat movie...
 
2013-12-31 12:22:08 PM  
You'd think he be familiar with "Winter" at least.
 
2013-12-31 12:24:53 PM  
 
2013-12-31 12:26:19 PM  

Stretchy Cat: derpy: This is not a mountain that you fark around with.

[i42.tinypic.com image 494x349]

This.  I've hiked to the summit in the summer.  July, to be exact.  One of the hottest days of summer.  There were people SKIING up near the summit.  It was freezing cold by the time we got to the top, and it was by far the most difficult hike I've ever done.  People who don't do their research and come unprepared are morons.


People have been skiing Tuckerman's for years, probably decades. First (and only) time I hiked up there was as a kid, I didn't get why people were hauling skies up the mountain.

Also stepped in a stream right by the base of the ravine. Coldest water I've ever experienced by far....
 
2013-12-31 12:27:18 PM  
Most of my family still lives up in Berlin and Gorham. Two of my Aunts were EMTs for years up there and one of my Uncles was a firefighter.  They used to complain all the time about stupid "flatlanders" getting themselves into trouble on Mt Washington.
 
2013-12-31 12:37:42 PM  

derpy: Mt. Washington Observatory list of people who Darwin has claimed on that mountain.

Keep scrolling.


A rescue volunteer was caught in an avalanche well below the treeline? Rough country indeed.
 
2013-12-31 12:42:02 PM  
Jesus.  And I thought I was a dumbass for going up Huntington in summer.
 
2013-12-31 12:51:12 PM  
This reminds me of a story...

I used to run tech crew for live presentations at sales conferences and such.  One such an event was for AT&T.  They brought in this guy who is a motivational speaker.  His claim to this title was that he climed Mount Everest.  He proceeded to drone on for 2 hours about how hard it was, with slides to prove it.  That, and 3 people on his team died.  And most of the rest got frostbite.  He himself, lost 3 toes.

By the time he was done I learned two things:
1.  Climbing a mountain just so you could say that you did it, is among the biggest purposeful wastes of time in all of human history.  Not to mention that it's not only dangerous, but absolutely deadly.
2.  There was NOTHING motivational about that speech.
 
2013-12-31 01:06:39 PM  
I stopped in to say how dangerous that mountain is, and I'm actually kinda happy lots of people beat me to it.  Hiked Tuckermans in April, but didn't take the skis off my back to try it.  Solid dense fog and ice boulders the size of minivans near the bottom.

/hiked to the summit in July...
//was still very aware that the wether report could suddenly be horribly wrong...
///wanted to push everyone off the mountain that ran out of their cars to get a picture next to the sign...
 
2013-12-31 01:13:34 PM  

derpy: Also, Douche doesn't bother thanking people who risked their lives to save his stupid ass.  I'm assuming it was the Pinkham croo, but he barely mentions them...

So, thank you AMC croos, for keeping the mountains safe for morans.


I will throatpunch the next person who uses or writes the word 'croo'.   It's one of the dumbest words ever.
 
2013-12-31 01:20:02 PM  

MemeSlave: derpy: Also, Douche doesn't bother thanking people who risked their lives to save his stupid ass.  I'm assuming it was the Pinkham croo, but he barely mentions them...

So, thank you AMC croos, for keeping the mountains safe for morans.

I will throatpunch the next person who uses or writes the word 'croo'.   It's one of the dumbest words ever.


It's how they refer to themselves. http://youtu.be/sCjhNMU80Bs  And they are tougher than you.
 
2013-12-31 01:25:34 PM  

MemeSlave: derpy: Also, Douche doesn't bother thanking people who risked their lives to save his stupid ass.  I'm assuming it was the Pinkham croo, but he barely mentions them...

So, thank you AMC croos, for keeping the mountains safe for morans.

I will throatpunch the next person who uses or writes the word 'croo'.   It's one of the dumbest words ever.


Agrees.
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-12-31 01:30:13 PM  
There are 3 problems with Mt. Washington that get people into trouble.

1. It's not that high, how much trouble can you get into at 6,000 ft?

2. It's surrounded by the White Mountains, which are all in all aren't that tricky, just normal New England winter weather.

3. There is a paved farking road to the top! Not only that, but New England  is filled with old 87' Volvo station wagons emblazoned with bumper-stickers saying "This Car survived Mt. Washington"

So basically you need to tell people "Hey even though it's May and it's 70 deg and sunny here, there is a good chance that by the time you reach the top it'll be -15 deg, with a Blizzard and 90 MPH winds, so you might end up freezing to death and then blowing off the mountain..... possibly not in that order"

some folks have trouble wrapping their minds around it all
 
2013-12-31 01:50:53 PM  
Tuckerman's sure looks like a a scream...

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rjTmE4nM jJ4

Wait till 0:45.
 
2013-12-31 02:01:10 PM  

derpy: MemeSlave: derpy: Also, Douche doesn't bother thanking people who risked their lives to save his stupid ass.  I'm assuming it was the Pinkham croo, but he barely mentions them...

So, thank you AMC croos, for keeping the mountains safe for morans.

I will throatpunch the next person who uses or writes the word 'croo'.   It's one of the dumbest words ever.

It's how they refer to themselves. http://youtu.be/sCjhNMU80Bs  And they are tougher than you.


I know how that's they refer to themselves, it doesn't make it un-retarded.   And, having done similar work, I'd challenge the assertion that they're tougher.
 
2013-12-31 02:01:44 PM  
Glad to see more local hikers on Fark.  Should we plan a Farker hike in Darwin's playground soon?
 
2013-12-31 02:14:34 PM  

McRat: Glad to see more local hikers on Fark.  Should we plan a Farker hike in Darwin's playground soon?


Not before April!  I do want to ski Tuckerman's one day, but I'm not stupid either, lol!
 
2013-12-31 02:17:01 PM  
I'll be hiking Mt. Washington in August with my husband and about 30 other people. We're part of a non-profit organization called Hike for Mental Health - we get donations for our hikes, which go to fund mental health research and maintain wilderness trails. This will be the first time I will hike the mountain - we were there in September and wanted to, but the weather gods said "no" and we listened.
 
2013-12-31 02:24:28 PM  
The first time I went up Washington, it snowed, we stopped and my stepfather pulled mittens out of his pack for everyone. We were told it would be cold above treeline but at age 12 I didn't expect snow in the summer. Spent the night at the Lakes of the Clouds hut and woke to brilliant sunshine for the hike to the top. Beautiful!
 
2013-12-31 02:30:26 PM  

professional_vampire: I'll be hiking Mt. Washington in August with my husband and about 30 other people. We're part of a non-profit organization called Hike for Mental Health - we get donations for our hikes, which go to fund mental health research and maintain wilderness trails. This will be the first time I will hike the mountain - we were there in September and wanted to, but the weather gods said "no" and we listened.


It's beautiful up there.  This past September (late, peak foliage season) we camped in the area and hiked Franconia Ridge one day and Mount Jefferson the next. The view of Washington was amazing, but from what we saw, we wouldn't have wanted to be on the summit that day.
 
2013-12-31 02:37:30 PM  

CeroX: derpy: For those who don't know, THIS is what they tried to come down:

[i41.tinypic.com image 640x503]

In the spring, when this pic was taken, it's a nasty hard natural ski bowl.  In the winter, you shouldn't be there.  You can see two avalanche lines even in this pic.

I was going to post some helpful tips on checking snow layers for avalanche conditions, but upon looking at that picture, one look of this area should have told them to stay the f- away...


Tucks and Huntington are two of the best avalanche forecasted areas I know of.  They usually breakdown forecast ratings by aspect and sometimes by the gulley.  The forecast is posted daily at Pinkham Notch, Hojos and online.

These people are idiots, plain and simple.

/over 100 safe days on the rockpile, mostly in the winter
 
2013-12-31 02:39:59 PM  
That's when we were there - late September. We had to wait two days for the Auto Road to open up so we could take the shuttle van to the summit. Snow and time ice everywhere and bloody cold and windy. Great experience, though. Looking forward to hiking it.
 
2013-12-31 02:41:20 PM  

Farkage: McRat: Glad to see more local hikers on Fark.  Should we plan a Farker hike in Darwin's playground soon?

Not before April!  I do want to ski Tuckerman's one day, but I'm not stupid either, lol!


It's really all just about picking the right day.  If you go with a very safe looking bluebird day, with a big blocking high pressure system dominating the region it's not bad.  Despite a repuation for volatility, the weather is very well forecasted.  The mountain has a freaking weather observatory on it, after all, listen to what they say.

I was on the summit once in January above an inversion, sunny, high 20s, no wind.  Better than a lot of days I've been on the summit in the summer, actually.
 
2013-12-31 02:45:40 PM  
That should be rime ice. Darn auto correct.
 
2013-12-31 02:47:15 PM  
Why didn't they just take the incline?
 
2013-12-31 02:48:00 PM  

Mose: Farkage: McRat: Glad to see more local hikers on Fark.  Should we plan a Farker hike in Darwin's playground soon?

Not before April!  I do want to ski Tuckerman's one day, but I'm not stupid either, lol!

It's really all just about picking the right day.  If you go with a very safe looking bluebird day, with a big blocking high pressure system dominating the region it's not bad.  Despite a repuation for volatility, the weather is very well forecasted.  The mountain has a freaking weather observatory on it, after all, listen to what they say.

I was on the summit once in January above an inversion, sunny, high 20s, no wind.  Better than a lot of days I've been on the summit in the summer, actually.


Yeah, they really do a good job there.  It's just a bit freaky when you go inside the lodge and look at the list of people that died on the mountain, including the guy that died of exposure less than a half mile from the summit...in August..
 
2013-12-31 02:50:57 PM  

usernameguy: Why didn't they just take the incline?


I moved to the Pittsburgh area with a "This car climbed Mt. Washington" sticker still on my car.

Caused much confusion.
 
2013-12-31 04:15:48 PM  

derpy: usernameguy: Why didn't they just take the incline?

I moved to the Pittsburgh area with a "This car climbed Mt. Washington" sticker still on my car.

Caused much confusion.


I moved FROM the Pittsburgh area to Manchester...still haven't made it up Mt. Washington though.

/CSB is CSB
//useless story, bro
 
2013-12-31 04:49:39 PM  
My least favourite part of the Whites was definitely the clueless weekenders. The touristy stuff on top of Mt. Washington was not very amusing, but getting an undercast there was very cool.

/GAME 2013
//saw my first moose in the Great Gulf Wilderness :D
///hurricane-force winds on Madison
 
2013-12-31 05:28:38 PM  

derpy: Also, Douche doesn't bother thanking people who risked their lives to save his stupid ass.  I'm assuming it was the Pinkham croo, but he barely mentions them...

So, thank you AMC croos, for keeping the mountains safe for morans.


It was probably AVSAR along with the WMNF snow rangers since it's in Tuck's during the winter. Don't know if it's till the same, but when I was involved years ago, the trout troopers covered SAR for the entire state of New Hampshire except the Cutler River drainage basin. The WMNF guys handled that area with assistance mostly from AVSAR. The AMC helps out a lot in the summer, but most of the hut people are pretty clueless about the methods and techniques involved in winter rescues. Great at schlepping heavy things around, though.
 
2013-12-31 05:33:49 PM  
 But the wind was going 70 miles per hour and there was a negative 20 wind chill

when will people learn.  ain't no such thing as negative degrees.  you can't take it away.  cold,yes.  20 below zero, yes.  but no such thing as negative degrees.
 
2013-12-31 05:44:42 PM  

johndalek: But the wind was going 70 miles per hour and there was a negative 20 wind chill

when will people learn.  ain't no such thing as negative degrees.  you can't take it away.  cold,yes.  20 below zero, yes.  but no such thing as negative degrees.



/hot like Farenheit
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-12-31 06:41:21 PM  

johndalek: But the wind was going 70 miles per hour and there was a negative 20 wind chill

when will people learn.  ain't no such thing as negative degrees.  you can't take it away.  cold,yes.  20 below zero, yes.  but no such thing as negative degrees.


Hey look everybody, its a pedantic asshole
 
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