Mt. Washington recorded highest
velocity of winds on April 12th, 1934 at 231 mph. Temperatures often
drop to low 50's even in summer. History recorded over 100 fatalities.
Wear worm clothes and expect rough weathers at the summit.
Description of White MountainNational Forest
is located in
with parts extending into
Maine. It covers 800,000 acres of birch, maple, fir and pine. Its highest
point is 6288 foot high
mountain. It is the highest peak in the American Northeast and from the
top on a clear day you can see
Massachusetts. Here in 1934 fastest winds on the surface of the Earth have been
recorded at 231 mph (372 km/h) or 100 m/s. The
is also a home of a symbol of the state- the Old Man of the mountain.
Despite its collapse in 2003 it is still quiet visited. A
system of trails can range from a half-
Nature Trail to the
that stretches from
Georgia. Additionally 23 campgrounds are offered by forest services, yet it can
be crowded on summer weekends.
Legend of Doctor Thomas Benton
The area of White Mountains have been
settled by Europeans centuries ago. It is natural that several stories have
emerged over a fairly long time. One of the most popular local legends is
that of Doctor Thomas Benton. He was born in the late 18th century in
Benton, New Hampshire formerly known as Coventry. He went to study medicine
in Heidelberg, Germany. There he met Professor Stockmeyer, an intelligent
and eccentric man who was shunned by many of his colleagues for his strange
attempts to find a key to eternal life. After his death in 1779, Thomas
Benton inherited all the documents of his professor. Once receiving his
diploma Thomas Benton attempted to establish his private practice.
Unfortunately he was forced to leave London and Boston after he was accused
of illegal experiments. He escaped prison, but forced to find a quieter and
smaller settlement. He chose Benton, New Hampshire in the White Mountains
for its pristine mountains and relative remoteness.
Everything was going great for the young doctor. His business
was thriving and he earned respect of the local folks. In 1816 something
happened and doctor abandoned Benton and moved to small shack on the slopes
of mount Moosilauke overlooking the town. Some say he was rejected by a
woman, other claim his fiancé died young. Whatever was the reason for this
strange behaviour life of the small town was changed. Soon after Dr. Benton
departed, local farmers started discovering dead animals. The only thing all
these animals had in common was a tiny red swelling with a white pinprick in
the centre. Before you knew it humans began to disappear. Local residents
naturally blamed the strange doctor who lived the life of a hermit in the
mountains. A search party was organized, but his hamlet was found empty. The
doctor disappeared. At first they assumed that Thomas Benton himself fell
victim to unknown killer due to his remote location. They were proven wrong
in November 1825 then a 6- year- old girl was snatched by a man in a black
coat, black cap and long white hair. Girl's husband heard his wife scream
and rushed after an assailant. He followed him into Little Tunnel Ravine, a
dead end canyon that had no way out. Father finally reached a wall. He heard
horrible laughter and looked up. There Dr. Thomas Benton covered in black
clothes held a girl in one hand while trying to scale a cliff of a canyon.
Father begged for return of his little daughter. Madmen let go off a girl.
She fell and died instantly upon impact.
Strange occurrences did not there. In 1860 two loggers
disappeared. One was discovered nearby with a red swelling behind his left
ear and a white pinprick, another logger was never seen again. In 1901 Mr.
Tomaso, a worker on a local logging railroad, was found with the same mark.
It is hard to say how many people might have had the same signature. Many
people disappeared in the White Mountains without leaving a single trace
Among recent events
that are attributed to the ghostly Thomas Benton are attacks on local
students of Dartmouth College, the smallest Ivy League school. He reported
hiking solo through the woods of mount Moosilauke. There he attempted to
climb a small cliff. Suddenly someone's hand pushed him. Student did not get
a chance to see the assailant, but he did remember seeing black clothes and
long white hair. Fortunately for him fall did not kill him. Bruised and cut,
with a fractured skull and in a state of shock he was discovered by other
hikers. The students was moved to Ravine Camp and then to a hospital to
Hanover. Another claim come from 2003. Another student was hiking in the
area. He dropped something and turned around to look for his missing item.
He came back to the same spot he passed just 10 minutes ago. There he found
a big footprint of and old- fashion boot with nails on the bottom. Fearing
he might be followed young men quickly retreated from the area.
There is no permit for hiking. Parking fees are $5 a
week and $20 a year.
Distance: 25.8 mi (41.5 km)
Duration: 4 days
Start- End point: Crawford Notch- Pinkham Notch
Boldface & Carter Ranges
Distance: 20.2 mi (32.5 km)
Duration: 3 days
Difficulty: medium- hard
Start- End point: North Chatham
Dry River Campground
(603) 374 2272
AMC Crawford Youth Hostel
(603) 466 2727
AMC Dinkham Notch Headquaters
(603) 466 2727
Eastern Slope Camping Area
(603) 447 5092
river is favourite location for tubing, kayaking and canoeing.
Mt. Washington - 6,288 ft(1,917 m) Man, look at those prices:)