- Huntingdon Ravine
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For those unfamiliar with Huntingdon, it is rugged and rocky, the steepest ravine within the range. Hiking up the headwall is, at times, akin to bouldering; rock climbing and ice climbing routes abound in their respective seasons. It is named for Joshua H. Huntingdon, a 17th century mountaineer and scientist who was known for his daring expeditions. White Mountain historians Laura & Guy Waterman refer to him as “intensely interested in scientific observations” with a “burning desire to climb mountains, ill-concealed under motives of science.” While he summitted dozens of peaks throughout the Whites in an era when trails and trails systems were just underway, it seems fitting that such a rugged route is named after a figure with such a bold personality. The trail through Huntingdon Ravine certainly requires care and caution for a safe ascent, even today when it is neither so remote nor so feared as it once was.
Bethann Weick, “Huntingdon Ravine,” The Cairn, accessed February 1, 2015, http://www.plymouth.edu/the-cairn/items/show/55.
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