FRIENDS OF TUCKERMAN RAVINE TO PRESENT 17TH ANNUAL TUCKERMAN INFERNO ON APRIL 9, 2016

Friends of Tuckerman Ravine, a locally-based non-profit organization, is proud to be staging the 17th Annual Tuckerman Inferno Pentathlon race event on April 9, 2016. Up to 200 athletes will compete for a one thousand dollar cash prize, custom skis, various additional prizes and a chance to become the next Tuckerman or Tuckerwoman champion.

The Tuckerman Inferno Pentathlon, based on the original American Inferno ski races of the 1930’s, now 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, and a 3-mile run/hike up the Tuckerman Trail to Mount Washington’s Tuckerman Ravine. The final leg is a climb up to the ravine wall and a ski down a designated giant slalom alpine ski route. During years when conditions permit, skiers may finish at the AMC base at Pinkham Notch.

Spectators are welcome at any and all transition points. At the conclusion of the race, teams will gather at the Wildcat Mountain base lodge for an awards banquet, and prize giveaways.

Friends of Tuckerman Ravine 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. FOTR has provided financial support for organizations such as the Mount Washington Avalanche Center and volunteer support for trail maintenance and site rehabilitation projects around the Cutler River Drainage (CRD) on Mount Washington.

In 2015, Friends of Tuckerman Ravine began soliciting donations towards the rebuilding of the iconic outdoor deck structure located at Hermit Lake Shelter located just below Tuckerman Ravine. The deteriorating deck at “HoJo’s”, as it is affectionately called, is a gathering point for thousands of spring skiing fans and was badly in need of repair.

Working in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, and using proceeds from the 2015 Inferno, FOTR purchased the material for the Deck and transported it to the Ravine via USFS Snowcat in April, 2015. Later in November, construction of the Deck began and over a three-week period, more than 20 volunteers, working under the direction of Snow Ranger Frank Carus were successful in demolishing the old deck and constructing the new one.

Donations and contributions are critical to the success of our the FOTR mission. Memberships begin at $25 per year for students and $35 for individuals.

The group hosts trail maintenance work days throughout the seasons. Volunteers interested in helping out with this year’s Friends of Tuckerman Ravine Inferno Pentathlon or any trail maintenance days are encouraged to call or email with questions. For more information visit http://www.friendsoftuckermanravine.org, call (603) 367-4417 or e-mail office@tuckermanravine.org. Also friend them on Facebook.

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