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Cabin Update: November 26, 2014

November 26, 2014Harvard Cabin Mountaineers,

Harvard Cabin opens for the 2014-15 Season on Monday, December 1st, 2014!

Well, folks, it’s that time again…time to enjoy time on a windy mountain and catch-up on the latest conditions and cabin news from one very long-winded caretaker.

After an awesome summer in The Sprinter, Marcia and I are excited to be back on The Rock Pile again this season. While we haven’t spent any time recreating in New Hampshire this Fall I’m sure you caught word of the plethora of early season that formed as much of the continent enjoyed another polar vortex. As you might expect, Tuckerman and Huntington Ravines played host to much of this ice. Unfortunately, it’s mostly come and gone. Sorry we missed it, but we were still enjoying what should have been rock season if it weren’t for the sub-zero temps. One burly day on Devils Tower really got us psyched for another winter on Mt. Washington!

After a summer on the rock and road, we arrived back in New England two days ago. Continuing the trend of disagreeable weather we’ve experienced this summer, we were reaching for warm-weather layers we hadn’t worn in weeks. The reprieve was nice, I’ll admit, but it was pretty damaging to the early season ice that seemed to promise a great start to the cabin season. In any case, it was right to work we went prepping for cabin opening. Gear and Supplies have been staged and we’ll start hauling loads over the weekend. Of course, we’ll be expecting some not so great trail conditions given the latest snow event to impact New England.

As always, it’s a mixed bag this time of year, but we’ll take it. Our friendly and knowledgeable Snow Rangers posted an in-depth conditions summary on the MWAC Website today, including photos from Tuckerman Ravine. It does seem like there is a potential for significant snow accumulation on Mt. Washington over the course of this latest event. Keep your fingers crossed. At Mom’s house today it was a pleasure shoveling the 4 inches of liquid snow that fell across much of Western New England. A far cry from the perfect stellars that fell in Rapid City, SD last week as the mercury dipped to -28 C.

Staying at the cabin

Finally, I’d like to remind everyone that the Harvard Cabin is a public-use cabin operated by the Harvard Mountaineering Club on a first-come, first-serve basis. Everyone wishing to stay at the cabin must register at Pinkham Notch before heading uphill. The Harvard Cabin Register can be found at the Trail Information Desk at the Visitor Center during business hours and downstairs in the pack-up room after hours. The cabin sleeps 16 people per night. There is also room for 16 additional campers outside at the Harvard Tent Sites. Rates are $15.00 per person, per night inside, $10 per person, per night outside. US Currency Only. Be sure to read ALL instructions when signing-in so that you arrive prepared and able to fully enjoy your time at the cabin!

The recommended approach to the cabin is the Fireroad via the Tuckerman Ravine Trail

If you have any questions you can e-mail jslattery@college.harvard.edu or speak to a Trail Information Specialist at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center.

Club News

  • Be sure to check out the updated Harvard Mountaineering Website at http://HarvardMountaineering.org
  • Thanks to the Harvard Mountaineering Club for another awesome Fall Work Weekend. Good Job Everyone!
  • Finally, the club has made some headway on the cabin Improvement approval and permitting process. Most time-consuming has been the application process for a permit that is needed to construct a solar electric system that will allow us to improve replace the gas lamps, increase lighting in the cabin, and improve ventilation. The club remains committed to improving the cabin for all to enjoy for years to come.

Upcoming Events

New England Ice Festivals
The Swiss Machine – Ueli Steck – December 6, 2014 – Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Mountain Fest: January 16-18, 2015 – Keene Valley, NY
Smuggs Ice Bash: January 23-26, 2015 – Smuggler’s Notch, VT
Mt. Washington Valley Ice Fest: February 6-8, 2015 – North Conway, NH

Thanks for reading. We’re back to work full-time on Monday! We hope to see you soon and often! Here’s to a safe and snowy season! For those of you south of the border, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Rich Palatino
Harvard Cabin Caretaker

      Rich and Marcia
Cabin Caretakers 2014/15

NOTE – Harvard Cabin is not affiliated with the Appalachian Mountain Club. Harvard Cabin is maintained by Harvard Mountaineering Club for use by the general public. The cabin is operated under a special-use permit granted by the USDA Forest Service. Cabin space and tent-sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis between December 1st and March 31st each year. Specific instructions for staying at the cabin can be found online at http://www.HarvardMountaineering.org