Drive around New England for a bit and you’ll inevitably see cars sporting a “This Car Climbed Mt. Washington” bumper sticker. Maybe you give the driver a silent round of applause. Maybe you wonder why climbing Mt. Washington in a car is a brag-worthy feat at all. Sure, successfully navigating the mountain’s winding roads can be both tough and rewarding, but I’ve always thought a more appropriate bumper sticker would be, “This Guy Climbed Mount Washington,” slapped right on the back of an intrepid hiker’s head. Indeed, I’d be far more likely (and even proud) to display a “This Car Took Me to the Mount Washington Resort” bumper sticker.
Let me explain.