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The White Mountain : rediscovering Mount Washington's hidden culture
Szczesny, Dan, author.
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Publication Information:
Brookline, New Hampshire : Hobblebush Books, [2018]
Physical Description:
xii, 270 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
"Over the course of one calendar year, journalist Dan Szczesny explored the history and mystique of New England s tallest mountain. But Mount Washington is more than just a 6,288-foot rock pile; the mountain is the cultural soul of climbers, hikers, and tourists from around the world. Szczesny's research took him outside of the archives; he was on the team of a ninety-seven-year-old ultra-runner, he dressed as Walt Whitman and read poetry while hiking up the mountain, and he spent a week in winter cooking for the scientists at the observatory. In The White Mountain, Szczesny turns a veteran journalist's eye toward exploring Mount Washington's place in the collective consciousness of the country and how this rugged landscape has reflected back a timeless history of our obsession and passion for exploration and discovery"--Back cover.
General Note:
"Chapter 4 of The White Mountain appeared in excerpted form in the Winter/Spring 2018 edition of Appalachia journal. Various excerpts appeared in different form in AMC outdors, Good men project, Manchester ink link, the Concord monitor, and In depth NH"--Title page verso.
Foreword -- Introduction -- 1. Treads of the coach : in which the author begins his journey by facing down a Nor'easter at 4,000 feet -- 2. Like noises in a swound : the wind, the rime, and the cat : one week above the clouds at the Observatory -- 3. A gentleman saunterer : the life and times of Alton "Mr. Mount Washington" Weagle -- 4. Voyage of life : life lessons on the passion of grief from a ninety-seven-year-old runner -- 5. Taking a breather at the halfway point : of ducks, minis, Christie Brinkley, and the transient beauty of a passing sunset -- Photo album -- 6. Where the heavens and earth intertwine : every year, for one glorious day, the mountain is owned by those on foot -- 7. In the teeth of the lion : few living things create more trouble for the Mountain than the meek dandelion -- 8. The gears and pipes, and the steam : the Mountain's living anachronism continues to shoot for the moon -- 9. Kindred spirits : seeing Mount Washington through the eyes of artists -- 10. Ablutions of a goddess : Mount Washington meets a toddler -- 11. The other Mountain : finding connection in the town among the clouds -- Afterword -- Acknowledgments -- Sponsors -- Bibliography -- About the author.
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