The Tuckerman Inferno Pentathlon is a five-leg adventure relay race that traverses the easter flanks of Mount Washington. Starting at Great Glen Trails in Pinkham Notch, Individuals and relay teams compete over fat bike, cross country, snowshoe, mountain run and ski/snowboard mountaineering legs
Two 3-mile Laps on a course yet to be determined within the Great Glen Trails network
Two 3-mile Laps on a course yet to be determined within the Great Glen Trails network. Skate or Classical
5 miles - ~1 mile of wooded single track, 1 mile up the Mount Washington Auto Road, and 3 miles across Connie's Way BC Ski Trail to the Tuckerman Ravine Trail intersection.
~3 Miles and ~2500 vertical feet up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to the start of the skimo course.
The course will be determined the week before the race and includes uphill and downhill travel, above treeline giant slalom gates, and a run down the Sherburn ski trail.
Transition Zones will be at Great Glen Trails, Behind the USFS Garage at the North End of the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center ad at the TBD start of the ski/snowboard mountaineering leg. Racers will be assigned a gear staging area at GGT
Pre-race staging and logistics
Gear staging areas are staffed with race volunteers starting at 7am on race day. At Great Glen Trails each bib number (team or solo racer) will be assigned a 6’x10’ staging area along the transition loop to the left of the Auto Road. Racers should use this space to stage equipment, change footwear and clothing between legs and fuel and rehydrate. Each area will be marked with the assigned bib number prior to the race.
The snowshoe - mountain run transition will be in the north end of the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. Gear racks will be available for solo’s to stage ski/snowboard leg gear. We will establish a dedicated drop-off/pick-up zone in the north end of the PNVC parking lot and allow exit only traffic through the north end gate. FOTR Volunteers will transport any remaining snowshoes to the race finish line once the final snowshoer finishes the leg.
The Race Starts at 8am at Great Glen Trails using a mass start format.
The Fat Bike Leg starts at 8 am. Individual Racers time starts at the assigned start time. Racers will complete two laps of a ~3 mile course on the Great Glen Trail network. The final loop will be determined the week before the race but will be roughly equivalent in distance and difficulty to the Great Glen Trails Nordic Meisters 5k loop. After completing the 2nd lap team racers will “tag” the XC Skier in the transition zone. Solo racers will proceed to the staging area and transition to XC ski gear. The team’s fat bike time stops when the XC skier departs the tag zone. Solo’s time for the fat bike leg stops when the racer departs the transition zone for the XC ski leg.
The XC Ski Leg begins when a team XC Skier is tagged by the Fat Biker or when a solo racer departs the transition zone on XC skis. This is a freestyle event. Racers can choose to use skate or classical technique or a combination of both. Racers will complete two laps of a ~3 mile course on the Great Glen Trail network. The final loop will be determined the week before the race but will be roughly equivalent in distance and difficulty to the Great Glen Trails Nordic Meisters 5k loop. After completing the 2nd lap team racers will “tag” the Snowshoer in the transition zone. Solo racers will proceed to the staging area and transition to Snowshoe gear. The team’s XC ski time stops when the snowshoer departs the tag zone. Solo’s time for the XC ski leg stops when the racer departs the transition zone for the snowshoe leg.
The snowshoe leg begins when the snowshoer is tagged by the XC skier or when a solo racer departs the transition zone on snowshoes. The snowshoe course follows the Great Glen Trails network including an ungroomed single track for about 1 mile, then travels up the auto road for just under a mile to the Connie’s way backcountry ski trail. Racers follow connies way for approximately 3 miles taking a left on the Blanchard Loop ski trail and then a right turn to follow the Blanchard Loop/Connie’s way trail to the transition zone at the north end of the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center parking lot. Solo racers will transition to the mountain running/skimo gear and team snowshoers will tag the mountain runner. Time for this leg stops with the racer (solo or team mountain runner) departs the transition zone.
The Mountain Run leg begins when a runner is tagged by the snowshoer or a solo departs the transition zone at the north end of the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. Solo’s must carry their ski gear for the skimo leg from the parking lot. Skinning instead of running is allowed. Racers follow the cat track around behind the USFS garage and turn right onto the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. Racers follow the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to Hermit Lake, passing hermit lake around the perimeter of the courtyard and follow trail markers to the designated route to the mountain run - ski/snowboard mountaineering transition zone.
Ski/Snowboard Mountaineering Leg:
The final route for the ski/snowboard mountaineering leg will be determined the week prior to the race and announced at the bib pick-up. The final go/no go decision for any portion of the course above the treeline will be made on the morning of the race if weather and snowpack conditions change drastically overnight. The primary objective for the ski/snowboard mountaineering leg includes a Giant Slalom segment above treeline on Mount Washington. The secondary objective is to link a course from the alpine zone to the Sherburne Ski Trail finishing at the Pinkham Notch visitor center. The ski/snowboard mountaineering leg will include both uphill and downhill travel for the racer and may include multiple transitions between up and downhill travel. Uphill travel could be in terrain appropriate for “boot packing”, or “skinning”, or both. There will not be any terrain where the protection of a rope is required, however, long sliding falls may be a hazard. If the conditions allow this leg will travel through terrain capable of producing avalanches. Racers will have to pass a beacon check prior to entering avalanche terrain and carry at a minimum a probe and shovel. The leg and overall race time finishes when the racer crosses the finish line at the end of the ski/snowboard mountaineering course.