Photographer's Note

The piled rocks in this picture is called duck in mountain hiking. The duck is a slang for cairn, a constructed pile of rocks located adjacent to a trail used to mark the route in lieu of a blaze. Ducks are used in open or treeless areas where the tread is indistinct. Ducks are heart warm rocks for anyone who gets lost in mountain hiking.

This duck is one of exceptional large ones. More of the ducks can be piled up by as few as half dozen rocks to identify the pathways.

This point is on the way to top of Mount Washington along Tuckerman’s Ravine Trail.

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Additional Photos by Wes Wang (weswang) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4395 W: 120 N: 4878] (18223)
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