Ten Years on the Rock Pile: A Collection of Stories, Some Hilarious, Some Tragic, about Life at the Summit of Mount Washington

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Mount Washington, located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, is the highest peak in the northeastern United States. It is often cited?by its inhabitants, no less?as the home of the country?s worst weather, a claim supported by the mountain?s long-held record for the highest wind gust directly measured at the Earth?s surface (231 mph on April 12, 1934). As a transmitter supervisor for WMTW-TV, Lee Vincent traveled regularly to the summit of Mount Washington. Soon enough his reports from the peak began ...
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Mount Washington, located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, is the highest peak in the northeastern United States. It is often cited—by its inhabitants, no less—as the home of the country’s worst weather, a claim supported by the mountain’s long-held record for the highest wind gust directly measured at the Earth’s surface (231 mph on April 12, 1934). As a transmitter supervisor for WMTW-TV, Lee Vincent traveled regularly to the summit of Mount Washington. Soon enough his reports from the peak began appearing in a column in a local paper—and just as quickly captivated readers near and far. 
 These columns—with their accounts of the everyday lives and unusual exploits of the individuals who chose, against all odds and most notions of common sense, to call Mount Washington home—are gathered in this book. As entertaining and engaging as they are informative, these reports from the summit form an invaluable record of life happily lived in extremity. Accompanied by remarkable photographs and candid snapshots, they also document the experience and insights—and after Vincent’s diagnosis with a virulent form of cancer, the valiant last days—of someone who had seen the mountaintop and reported back for the edification and delight of those lucky enough to read his columns and books.
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Monsters and Critics

"With his weekly reports, musings and observations from the peak during the 1960''s and early 1970''s, transmitter supervisor Lee Vincent became a household name. . . . This collection of Vincent''s work will bring back fond memories for anyone who grew up with his entertaining columns or the evening weather reports from Mt. Washington."—Sandy Amazeen, Monsters and Critics

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Monsters and Critics - Sandy Amazeen
"With his weekly reports, musings and observations from the peak during the 1960's and early 1970's, transmitter supervisor Lee Vincent became a household name. . . . This collection of Vincent's work will bring back fond memories for anyone who grew up with his entertaining columns or the evening weather reports from Mt. Washington."—Sandy Amazeen, Monsters and Critics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803234130
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 948,670
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Vincent (1935–77) built and operated a TV station in Litchfield, Maine, before his job with WMTW-TV, where he hosted a short TV clip five days a week noting the weather atop the “rock pile.” Guy Gosselin, who worked for the Mount Washington Observatory in a variety of roles, is now a life trustee of the observatory.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xiii

A Slice of Life on the Mountain 1

Mite O' Crabbin' 4

Tales and Put-Ons 8

Points along the Auto Road 13

Aliens and Other Mountain Mysteries 17

Freeman's Folly or Reconstruction of the Auto Road Accident 20

A Close Call 24

The Sunset Put-On 28

Electricity and Lightning at the Summit 32

Preparations for the Deep Freeze of Winter 36

Why Don't You Guys Go Fly a Kite? 40

Speakers' Corner 43

Winter Sports 48

Feminine Wiles 52

The Dedicated Obs Men 55

Achtung! 60

Blackbirds and Dark Times Ahead 63

The Great Ghost Hunt 67

Beavers in Springtime 71

One Man's Poison … 74

Boys Will Be Boys 78

Terra-Rocs 82

Donny Disconnect 86

Bent Out of Shape 90

Trick or Treat 93

Looking for Mount Rushmore? 97

Annual Cookout 100

Awaiting a Winter Thaw 103

Mountain Softball 106

Escalator Service 108

Hoorah! 112

The Fearless Leader 115

Poor Judgment 119

Dump Digging 122

A Monstrous Tale 126

Paint Job 129

State Waste 132

One Big Gripe 135

There Ain't No Me! 138

On a Clear Day 141

Whole Lot of … 144

A Dark Mass 147

Days of Distinctive Beauty 150

Arctic Ice Storm 154

Birth of a New Day 158

Gooferology in Action 162

Bombs and Favors 167

The Presence 171

Green Stripes Running Wild 178

Monty Montgomery 182

Mugwumps 185

Old Lady Killer Ramp 188

Obs-Erving History 193

Spring Has Sprung 197

"Siggy" Analyzes TV Crew 201

Rime Ice and Paper Hat Award 204

Side Hill Gougers 208

The Very Zenith of My Outlook 212

This Is a "Hoorah"! 216

You Say You Want Facts? 220

Cog Train Dedication Ceremony in Hail and Pet Peeves 224

Staging Hoorahs 228

The Pack Boys 231

The First Christmas on Top of New England 234

Beating the Record 240

Snowmobiling 244

Miles per Hour 248

Static 252

Nitpicking 256

Frozen Hot Water 260

Phil's Lakes of the Clouds 263

Breezeway Amour 266

Party 268

Rose Riff 271

Mercedes-Benz Unimog 275

Saucey-Mae 279

Garbage Rock 284

Initiation Rites 287

Rough Riding 290

The Thrill of Being High 294

Final Comment 296

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