Prospect Mountain Summit: An Easy Ascent or Less So

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Not a hiker? You needn't be one to ascent Prospect Mountain overlooking Lake George, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Not a hiker? You needn’t be one to ascent Prospect Mountain overlooking Lake George, N.Y.
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Things I think about on my way up Prospect Mountain in Lake George, N.Y.: the state of man in nature, the state of nature in nature, preservation versus conservation, getting to the top, whether the brakes will fail on the way down, whether it’s fair to drive up a mountain, how a road on a mountain makes the mountain more accessible to travelers of all types, whether I would ever do this if there were no road.

Solar panels atop Prospect Mountain, N.Y. Photo credit: L. Tripoli

Solar panels atop Prospect Mountain, N.Y.
Photo credit: L. Tripoli

What I discover near the top: solar panels used to power a comfort station, a parking lot, a shuttle bus for those who need a boost for the last few hundred yards, a paved trail for the rest of us.

It’s not Everest, I’m not up for Everest, I don’t need a situation where I might have to saw off my arm, the view is beautiful at the top, and in the middle, and at the bottom, I like this, I know we shouldn’t do this on every mountain, I’m glad it’s here, I’m glad it’s accessible, I’m grateful for those solar panels, remember that view remember this place remember to bloom.

—Lori Tripoli

The Brawny Sherpa and the Bashful Adventurer on the summit of Prospect Mountain, N.Y. Photo credit: J. Ciavardini

The Brawny Sherpa and the Bashful Adventurer on the summit of Prospect Mountain, N.Y.
Photo credit: J. Ciavardini

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A tree growing in rock near the peak of Prospect Mountain makes a strong case for blooming where one is planted. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A tree growing in rock near the peak of Prospect Mountain makes a strong case for blooming where one is planted.
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

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