Climbing Duck Hill Mountain


16508248_1742942982701226_638399712835786379_nDUCK HILL — It is something they have always wanted to do, and at a school reunion a few years ago, class members made a pact that they would climb Duck Hill Mountain.

Four years ago, they made their first climb. Everyone loved it so much, it has become an annual “event” for the town. Now people of all ages join the fun!

Recently, about 100 people – current and former Duck Hill residents – climbed Duck Hill Mountain. Organizers said the 4th Annual Duck Hill Mountain Climb was a success with 70 people climbing in the morning and about 30 people climbing in the afternoon. There were people from surrounding communities and from Oxford and Jackson, and from as far away as Tennessee and Alabama. The youngest person was probably about 8 years old and the oldest person was 81.

Carolyn Swanson said everyone seemed to have a great time Saturday morning.

“I love the excitements and laughter shared by the crowd,” Swanson said. “I was an accomplishment for some of us old folks to make it to the top!”

James Larry and Nanette Laster were the primary organizers for this year’s event. Nanette Laster is the editor of The Grenada Star.

Nanette Laster said one of The Grenada Star’s columnists, Arnold Dyre, wrote about how he had always wanted to climb the hill but never had.

“He grew up in the area; lived in Kilmichael and Gore Springs as a boy,” Laster said. “It was started to give anybody who wanted the chance to climb. This was our fourth year, and it has grown every year.”

Laster said she will make another attempt to climb the mountain in the Spring. Otherwise, she encourages the community to make plans to join them next year for the Duck Hill Mountain Climb, set for the first Saturday in February.

For more information about the Climb, find them on Facebook at @DuckHillMountain.

 

See this story in the February 9, 2017 edition of The Winona Times.

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