A Friendly Mountain

When I was selected to become the next director for the Ascutney Trails Association back in 1999, (because I think I was the youngest person at the meeting), I was intrigued by the rich history that the mountain had to offer. like Frank Clark, a Windsor attorney and president of the Ascutney Mountain Association ( he would publish the first guide for Ascutney in 1905), I was connected in a way that James Taylor had described :

EVERY true Vermonter is a mountaineer. The state is a noble mountain range with its setting of valleys bordered by lake and river. The metropolis of Vermont is set upon a hill: the streets of the capital city wind through valleys and creep up heights: the state house is buttressed by a rocky steep. Every Vermont city and large village has its own local mountain deity, from Newport with Jay Peak in the north to Bennington with Mount Anthony in the south. Burlington by the lakeside looks eastward to ponderous Mansfield: Montpelier far inland among the hills sees to the westward lofty Camel’s Hump. Rutland, busy with marble quar ries, has Killington Peak for a playground and Ascutney Mountain seems to have been placed by special act of Providence far from the main range of the Green Mountains for the inspiration of historic Windsor.


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