Hey there, ATS.
From where I sit typing, I can look out the window at Mount Mansfield.
That is what it looks like, more or less.
My buddy, who is St. Francis Abenaki
, just told me about the ice giants who live up there. They're called the
, which means "great beast".
The awas are described as massive, hairless bear-men; they walked upright and grouped in packs. They're reputed to have a keen taste for long pig, and
were blamed for the regular disappearances of entire hunting parties who ventured onto the mountain.
"Dude, we could've just gone fishing, but NOOOOooooo. You wanted to hunt on Mt. Mansfield. Asshat."
Later-day oral tradition is responsible for the following account.
In the early 70's, a family went on a camping trip up Mt. Mansfield. After assembling a lean-to in the late evening, they observed two men coming down
the mountain. The father called to the men, encouraging them to take shelter before the dark set in.
The men didn't acknowledge him in any way, and were soon lost to sight.
The family was awakened by bustling activity around their encampment. They were greeted by a law-enforcement official who questioned them about a
plane crash that had taken place scarcely a quarter of a mile up the mountain from their camp.
The father expressed astonishment when he was told that the crash had taken place before dark, but well after they had settled in for the evening. It
seemed impossible that they shouldn't have heard anything. He told the officer about the two strange men they had seen around the time of the plane
The site of the crash was soaked in blood, but even after a thorough search of the entire mountain, no remains were ever found.
In a last ditch attempt to squeeze any clues from the crash site, a small investigative team was sent up.
And never came back.
After another exhaustive search, a great deal more blood was found in an area a short distance from the site; as well as a few articles of clothing
and personal belongings which were identified as having belonged to members of that ill-fated party. To this day, people still go missing without a
trace from Mt. Mansfield.
I did some subsequent research and found this version
which gives the date as being 1973.
And then I found this picture
of a plane that crashed on
nearby Mt. Abe in 1973.
So maybe it wasn't cannibalistic ice giants.
I'm still not going up Mt. Mansfield alone ever again.
edit on 30-7-2011 by mistermonculous because: floop