Many years ago, while I was a teenager, two of my friends and I climbed Mt. Washington, the tallest mountain in the Northeast of the United States. One of the many ravines on the mountain is Tuckerman ravine which is named after botanist Edward Tuckerman who studied alpine plants and lichens in the area in the 1830s and 1840s. Mt. Washington is known for its erratic weather and holds the record for the highest wind gusts at 231 mph.

We had a late start the day I climbed the mountain so we reached the peak a lot later than we had wished. There was a massive storm approaching so we knew we had to get down the mountain quickly. We ended up going down Tuckerman Ravine in the blackness of the night which made for a very hairy descent. The follies of youth are sometimes forgiven and we made the descent safely, but not without a number of close calls, the telling of which I will save for a later day.