Le mont Chocorua Œuvre acrylique du peintre Genevois Michel Hegi 40 cm. x 30 cm. peint en Juillet 2017
Le mont Chocorua est l’une des montagnes les plus fréquentées au monde, selon le Guide des montagnes blanches du Appalachian Mountain Club. Situé près du Mt Washington (6082 ‘) du New Hampshire. Chocorua est loin d’être la plus haute montagne dans la forêt nationale de White Mountain qui ne monte qu’à une altitude de 3475 ‘. Mais c’est une montagne de randonneurs avec de nombreux sentiers fins qui montent ses corniches et des vues fascinantes de 360 degrés sur les pics, les lacs et les vallées environnants.
The Champney Falls Trail
À partir de l’autoroute Kancamagus. Le Champney Falls Trail grimpe sur la crête nord-est de la montagne en passant par les célèbres Champney Falls et longe un sommet subsidiaire nommé Middle Sister. En sortant de l’autoroute, le sentier dépasse un petit ruisseau avec un pont évacué peu de temps après avoir quitté l’autoroute et se dirige vers le sud sur des degrés modérés pendant 1,4 milles jusqu’à ce qu’il atteigne le sentier de coupure pour les quilles Pitcher et Champney.
Mount Chocorua is a popular destination for hikers. Although it is under 3,500 feet (1,100 m) in elevation, its bare and rocky summit commands excellent views in all directions. Since most trails begin at much lower elevations, a hike to the summit is a strenuous exercise. There are many trails up the mountain, and they can be quite crowded during the summer months. Especially popular are the Piper Trail (4.2 miles (6.8 km) each way from the east), the Champney Falls Trail (from the north), and the Liberty Trail (from the southwest).
Mount Chocorua, John White Allen Scott (1815-1907)
It is believed that Chocorua was the name of a Native American man in the 18th century, although no authentic records of his life exist. The usual story is that in about 1720 Chocorua was on friendly terms with settlers and in particular the Campbell family that had a home in the valley now called Tamworth. Chocorua was called away and left his son in the care of the Campbell family. The boy found and drank a poison that Mr. Campbell had made to eliminate troublesome foxes, and Chocorua returned to find his son had died. Chocorua, distraught with grief, pledged revenge on the family. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Campbell returned home one afternoon to find his wife and children had been slain. Campbell suspected Chocorua and pursued him up the mountain that today bears his name. Chocorua was wounded by a shot from Campbell’s rifle. Before Campbell could reach Chocorua, he uttered a curse upon the white settlers and their homes, livestock, and crops, and leapt from the summit to his death.
There are at least three other versions of the legend of Chocorua. One is that Chocorua simply fell from a high rock on the mountain while hunting. A second is the white settlers pursued Chocorua up the mountain after an Indian massacre, and he was not shot at all but simply leapt to his death. The third is that all the white settlers pursued him with guns, pitchforks, and torches. They collapsed of exhaustion as Chocorua reached the top, and the settlers decided to torch the remaining trees up to the summit, and in doing so they burned and exposed the topsoil of the last 1,270 feet (390 m). As the flames drew closer and closer to Chocorua, he cursed the white men and leapt to his death.
The east face of Mount Chocorua from Carter Ledge
Although the exact words of Chocorua’s curse (or even if there was a curse) are not known, it has been reported (Mudge, page 34) to be as follows.
« May the Great Spirit curse you when he speaks in the clouds and his words are fire! Lightning blast your crops! Wind and fire destroy your homes! The Evil One breathe death on your cattle! Panthers howl and wolves fatten on your bones! »
Another version appears in the story « Chocorua’s Curse », by Lydia Maria Child, contained in The Token (1830):
‘A curse upon ye, white men! May the Great Spirit curse ye when he speaks in the clouds, and his words are fire! Chocorua had a son — and ye killed him while the sky looked bright! Lightning, blast your crops! Wind and fire destroy your dwellings! The Evil Spirit breathe death upon your cattle! Your graves lie in the war path of the Indian! Panthers howl, and wolves fatten over your bones! Chocorua goes to the Great Spirit — his curse stays with the white men!’
Œuvre acrylique de dimension 40 cm. x 50 cm. peinte en aout 2017 prix CHF: 450.00 cadre inclus