Rob Burbank's Outdoors with the AMC: Hurricane of '38 was more than 'overdeveloped breeze'
Hutton related that damage from the hurricane was reported throughout the White Mountains. Though some areas received relatively little disruption, others were scenes of destruction.
Perhaps Ohler was accustomed to fierce winds and wild weather, given his station as a high-mountain hut master. According to Hutton, it wasn't until the hutman attempted to descend the next day that he realized the effects of the storm. Equipped with an ax, Ohler headed down the trail. "Nightfall found him three quarters of a mile down the trail, an entire day spent chopping through the blowdowns," Hutton wrote.
"From Guyot to Zealand Falls, the trail is a tangle of blowdowns. The A-Z Trail is impassable, and the stands of virgin spruce on the Crawford side of the height-of-land between Mt. Field and Mt. Tom have been demolished .
The trail supervisor expressed great concern when he surveyed various scenes following the storm. "My first impression upon viewing the bewildering devastation was the feeling that I was observing a destruction that was irreparable," he wrote.
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