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Comments from Mt. Monadnock

This stream-of-consciousness postcard was assembled from random entries in the Marlboro Trail hiker register on Mount Monadnock, most-climbed mountain in the Western Hemisphere. A year of scrawled fragments…


  • Happy New Year!
  • Today is my half-birthday!
  • Lost crampons on hike, if found please call…
  • Played hooky from work, a great choice.
  • Made pee-pee in the woods! 
  • Happy Spring!


  • Happy Easter.
  • Rescued two lost hikers.
  • May we continue to be grateful for Mother Earth.
  • Nice day except for the people: jerks on the phone; jerks drinking beer. 
  • Day #47: we finally made it back to civilization!
  • Forgot the bug spray.


  • All human beings are Gods!
  • Cool morning, humidity to come.
  • Mushrooms blooming.
  • Freedom!
  • Barefoot on the way up.
  • Sprained ankle.
  • Park closing at 6 pm as Hurricane Irene approaches!
  • Summer is about to end


  • Escaped from Massachusetts, may not go back.
  • Beautiful day to hike with the people I love most
  • Out of breath already, can’t wait for summit.
  • Thanks to all US Veterans. 
  • Enjoy winter, see you next spring.

Although many asked in earnest, there was no comment from the mountain.

Naturalist Dave Anderson is Senior Director of Education for The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, where he has worked for over 30 years. He is responsible for the design and delivery of conservation-related outreach education programs including field trips, tours and presentations to Forest Society members, conservation partners, and the general public.

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