Nowell's contributions to the creation of the Lowes Path were considerable. Both men would become the core of the Appalachian Mountain Club's trail building initiative in the Club's first 35 years of existence. This photo is taken on the northwest flank of Nowell Ridge. Readers might remember an article in this blog from three years ago where I measured the largest trees on the ridge, mostly yellow birch and occasionally a large red spruce.
A large yellow birch measured at 3 feet 2 inches in diameter close to the trail.
It towers over the surrounding forest trees
From Rev. Thomas Star King's The White Hills, p. 358, 1870, "Huge rocks were piled in the most eccentric confusion; crevasses, sometimes twenty and thirtyfeet deep and spanned with moss, lay in wait for the feet; thickets of scrub spruces and junipers overgrew these boulders, and made the most sinewy opposition to our passage. Every muscle of our bodies was calledd into play fighting these dwarfed and knotty regiments of evergreens. A more thorough gymnasium for training and testing th eworking and enduring powers of the system could not be arranged by art. After six hours of steady and hard climbing--which, added to three of the afternoon previous, made nine hours of toil in scaling the ridge,--we gainedthe plateau above which the pinnacle of Adams soars."
|This has long been my favorite spot in the White Mountains at the top of the Valley Way Trail|
Looking back at Mt. Madison over a small forest of balsam fir.
Megan Farrell of the Madison hut crew on her way up to the hut with a load
of "Req" meaning fresh food and sundries.
I ran down in a little over an hour, hitch hiked back to Lowe's Store
to get my car and was in Gorham by 5 pm.
Still working on it. Thanks for your patience!