Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Great Wall

Considered geographically the Allegheny Front is an unremarkable escarpment in an unremarkable, ancient, worn down mountain range. Such are a dime a dozen to the geographer.

Consider the Allegheny Mountains as they presented to an early 19th century pioneer with a pack mule, a horse, and perhaps a wife and a child: he does not know from escarpments; he looks at the Front and sees a Wall. Considered as a Wall that is the biggest, most formidable Wall he or any other pedestrian had ever seen: 180 miles long, 790 feet high at its lowest point to 4,770 feet at its highest.

Very un-pedestrian mountains to a 19th century pedestrian. No "easy access."