It's a helluva hike up to the summit. There were a
handful of people making the trek on this late autumn day. None of them
lugged a Kodak Medalist on a tripod. I didn't see any Agfa Click II's
either. I didn't even see a Click I.
The Medalist is a brick of a camera. Not the type to be worn around the
neck. 6x9's on 620 film.
The Click II is light as a pickpocket's touch.
Halfway up the mountain. The Halfway
II - Photo by EFG
Cell phone camera
Setting up The Medalist
Steady, Honey. Steady.
from Mount Holyoke,
Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm—The Oxbow (51.5 x 76 in.) painted in 1836 by Thomas Cole
The view today. Cole couldn't have conceived of atmospheric haze
The Connecticut River begins as a stream in northern New Hampshire and
ends at the Atlantic Ocean in Old Lyme Connecticut.
It's prone to flooding and offers good smallmouth bass fishing.
The Oxbow was once part of the main river. A flood in 1840 separated
The Oxbow from the river.
The Summit House
In 1821, an 18-by-24-foot (5.5 by 7.3 m) guest cabin was built on Mount
Holyoke by a local committee—one of the first New England summit
houses. The property changed hands several times between 1821 and 1851
when it was bought and rebuilt as a two-story, eight-room hotel. Local
entrepreneurs John and Frances French were the primary owners; between
1851 and 1900, the hotel and property were subject to a number of
upgrades and related construction projects including a covered tramway
to the summit of the mountain (first drawn by horse, then mechanized),
a railroad from the base of the mountain to a steamboat
dock on the Connecticut River, and the construction of a number of
outbuildings and trails. With passenger steamship to the connecting
summit railway established, the Mount Holyoke "Prospect House" became a
popular tourist destination. The steamship would pick up guests at the Smiths
railroad station across the Connecticut River in what was
ferry them to a tramway leading to the Half Way House. From there
guests could take a steep (600 feet long, rising 365 feet) covered
inclined tram to the summit.
The track for this tram was first laid in 1867 and the system
electrified in 1926.
The summit house's 1894 annex had suffered from storm damage during the
Great Hurricane of 1938
and had been demolished; in 1942 the enclosed tramway to the summit
house broke down. A heavy snow storm in 1948 collapsed sections of the
roof. Despite proposals to repair the tram it never ran again. The tram
was finally demolished in 1965. State funds for maintenance of the
summit house during the 1950s and 1960s were never adequate and by the
mid-1970s there were proposals to condemn and demolish the summit
house. This led to a public outcry and in the mid-1980s the summit
house, consisting of the original 1851 structure and the 1861 addition,
was restored by the state and through the efforts of local volunteers.
North section of Summit House.
Medalist - Kodak Plus-X @ASA 125 in HC110(H) for ten minutes.
Click II - Does it really matter ?
Cell phone cameras don't use film.