Originally posted on CBS Boston:
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Edward Geddes already had spent two long days on the mountain when the weather turned. Battered by wind and soaked by rain — “like shower baths of ice water” — he clung to a rope and pressed on, even after the rain turned to ice that coated his clothing and left two of his fingers crooked for the rest of his life.
It was 1916, and the crew assigned to help Geddes rescue New Hampshire’s Old Man of the Mountain had given up. But Geddes continued the work alone, drilling 11-inch holes into the granite and installing turnbuckles and rods to hold the ledges in place.
“When the men Col. Greenleaf had hired to help me all deserted, I did not intend to be beaten. I leave it to you to judge whether I had time to play or not,” he wrote when the work was complete.