PINKHAM NOTCH — Every spring, Mount Washington’s proud ski racing heritage is celebrated with Friends of Tuckerman Ravine’s Tuckerman Inferno Pentathlon. This year’s event is set for Saturday, April 11.
The Tuckerman Inferno Pentathlon starts at 7 a.m. with a run departing from Story Land. Classes for the Tuckerman Inferno Pentathlon include 30 teams of five (one of whom must be of the opposite sex), dynamic duos, and 20 solo TuckerMen and 20 solo TuckerWomen competitors.
The Inferno consists of an 8.3-mile run, a 6-mile kayak race down the Saco River, an 18-mile bike race north through Pinkham Notch, a three-mile run/hike up the Tuckerman Trail to Mount Washington’s Tuckerman Ravine, and a one-mile ski/hike giant slalom to the floor of the ravine.
Friends of Tuckerman Ravine is a locally-based, member-supported, non-profit organization that seeks to preserve and protect the unique alpine and sub-alpine eastern slopes of Mount Washington and to work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to sustain the traditional uses of the distinctive natural area.
Since its inception in 2000, the organization has helped create a potable water supply at Hermit Lake shelter, aided the U.S. Forest Service’s communications system, resupplied first aid caches in Tuckerman Ravine, helped fund the erection of a foot bridge at the base of the mountain for skier and hiker traffic and recently helped replace three avalanche condition slat boards for Huntington and Tuckerman ravines.
The group also carries out trail maintenance work days every fall. Memberships start at $35 per year.
UPDATED BY TE 2-8-15