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The Crawford Path at 200

CLIMBING MOUNTAINS FOR the sake of climbing mountains has been, for most of history, a funny thing to want to do. For eons, peaks were a nuisance to travel at best, and at worst, a danger zone where gods, not people, ruled. And New Hampshire’s White Mountains, formed some 400 million years ago, were some of the New World’s most treacherous.

Scoured for millennia by glaciers, then covered with impenetrable forests, the White Mountains didn’t exactly put out the welcome sign, despite that the Abenaki tribe called

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