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An Adirondack Passage: The Cruise of the Canoe Sairy Gamp
     

An Adirondack Passage: The Cruise of the Canoe Sairy Gamp

by Christine Jerome
 

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An exhilarating 180-mile canoe trip through the Adirondacks that pays equal tribute to the great expanse as well as to the man who made the same journey more than a century ago.

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An exhilarating 180-mile canoe trip through the Adirondacks that pays equal tribute to the great expanse as well as to the man who made the same journey more than a century ago.

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Roland Wulbert
In 1883, in a teeteringly light canoe, 61-year-old nature writer George Washington Sears made a 532-mile round-trip through almost the length of the Adirondacks. In 1990, editor and writer Jerome, no longer a girl herself and by no means seasoned to the rigors of outdoor life, set out to duplicate Sears' adventure in a Kevlar nine-footer modeled on Sears' "Sairy Gamp". Her book is a chronicle of her trip--and also a history of American settlement of the Adirondacks, a synoptic biography of Sears, a comparison of the two, century-apart canoe journeys (which shows that the trips' environs have not changed all that much), and a miscellany of good advice to novice canoeists (e.g., "Donning dry clothes in the evening provides instant attitude adjustment"). HarperCollins touts the passage as a "voyage," but Jerome doesn't pretend it's much more than an excursion, for her husband (in a bigger canoe) accompanied her, and the riverside is lined with tourist cabins. Her honesty may lose her those readers who fantasize risking dismemberment in white water but gain her those looking for encouragement to try something exciting but within their own capacities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060164355
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
224

Meet the Author


Christine Jerome is a former managing editor of Car and Driver and New England Monthly magazines. Her work has also appeared in Boston Globe Magazine, Outside, Adirondack Life, and Countryside. She lives in western Massachusetts.

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