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Discussion: Mt. Misery

in: Cristina; Cristina > 2019-01-08

Jan 11, 2019 8:25 PM # 
I thought placenames like Mount Misery (or Mount Hopeless, or Mount Despair) were an Australian thing, but Wikipedia lists no fewer than 16 Mount Miserys (or should that be Mounts Misery?), eight in the United States and eight elsewhere.

Pretty sure that the US doesn't have one of these, though.
Jan 11, 2019 10:38 PM # 
We just went there last weekend - it's actually very nice considering the name!
Jan 13, 2019 1:52 AM # 
The Mt Misery in PA (in or near Valley Forge National Historical Park) is accompanied by Mount Joy. Not sure wherher they were named before or after the Revolutionary War encampment nearby.
Jan 14, 2019 1:05 PM # 
I've never really thought much about the name but now I do wonder how it came to get it. It's not that beak of a hill, though it definitely stands out a bit topographically compared to the surrounding wetlands and fields.
Jan 14, 2019 6:44 PM # 
I'm assuming by 'beak' of a hill you mean 'big' of a hill but I'm choosing to think you meant 'bleak' of a hill because it fits the name... :)
Jan 14, 2019 7:48 PM # 
I was probably channeling my dad’s Ricky Ricardo accent while typing.
Jan 14, 2019 8:56 PM # 
I seem to recall that Pennsylvania's Mt Misery and Mt Joy were named by William Penn, in 1701, when he became lost in that area, and had to spend the night wandering in the forest. This account only tells part of the story.

Poor Billy Penn. If you've ever become lost at an O meet on those Valley Forge maps, you know how difficult it is in that gradual terrain to relocate. And we have modern compasses and accurate maps to assist us! Imagine Penn's confusion in that primeval forest! Do you think he ever heard of a 'Safety Bearing?'
Jan 14, 2019 10:32 PM # 
Mount Wycheproof, in northern Victoria, claims to be the world's smallest mountain (rising 43 metres above the surrounding plains). In the 1980s there was an annual race, won by Jim Russell a couple of times, which involved running up the "mountain" carrying a bag of wheat on your shoulders.
Jan 15, 2019 2:17 AM # 
Bag of what?
Jan 15, 2019 3:03 AM # 
Typo fixed :-)
Jan 15, 2019 11:21 AM # 
Well, that's what I figured.
Jan 15, 2019 12:49 PM # 
blairtrewin, that wasn't a game show question?
Jan 20, 2019 12:44 AM # 
Christina, since you don't post tracks (not suggesting you should, I understand the considerations involved), I'm not sure which Mt. Misery it was that started this thread. Since you mentioned teaching at LS High, I'm wondering if it might be the Mt. Misery in L. That place has meaning to me: The very first place I ever orienteered, in September 1975. Had seen a Hans Bengtsson poster in a local outdoors store (Moor & Mountain), went to the meet with a college hiking friend, we did white but she had a time constraint, so I drove her home and drove back to the meet to do yellow. I was fully hooked on the sport immediately.
Jan 20, 2019 3:11 AM # 
Yes, Mt Misery in Lincoln. It’s a nice little area and exactly the kind of place that is good for introducing people to the sport! Seems it even has good track record!

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