In 1976, Anne LaBastille, a young ecologist built her own log cabin at the edge of wilderness in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. She has lived there without electricity or a road for 30 years. Her first book, WOODSWOMAN, related encounters with wildlife, weather, & local folk over ten years. The sequel, BEYOND BLACK BEAR LAKE, described her building a new retreat for writing, "Thoreau II," closer to the wilderness. WOODSWOMAN III tells how Anne & her German shepherds encounter a perilous tornado, the joys of guiding, the sad passing of her noble dog, Condor, new environmental controversies & terrorism, the haunting beauty of the Adirondack Mountains, & the challenge of becoming an older woodswoman. She offers a strong inspirational message to women over 50 to become "fierce eco-feminists" & save our planet. In this third decade, Anne's writing is delightfully spunky & sensitive. WOODSWOMAN III is dynamite! Available May 1997 from West of the Wind Publications, Inc., R.D. 2, Westport, NY 12993. Phone & FAX: 518-962-8295. ISBN 0-9632846-1-4. $15.00. 256pp. (Orig.), Trade Paper.
Author: Christopher Angus
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Chronicles Petty's rise from his start as the son of backwoods uneducated parents through his life as a wilderness guide, forester, camp director, World War II pilot, district ranger, aerial forest firefighter - ultimately leaving his mark as a lifelong advocate for the protecton of wilderness.
Author: Chris Czajkowski
Publisher: Harbour Publishing Company
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
This book recounts the struggles, the triumphs and the lessons learned while carving a home and a living from one of British Columbia's most remote areas. A veteran of the outdoors, Chris Czajkowski captures the beauty of the place with a lyrical intensity that touches and inspires.
Named for her first home, remote Lonesome Lake in British Columbia's Tweedsmuir Park, Lonesome was a first-rate companion: obedient, mannerly, brave, and occasionally cynical. She did not share her human's love of the wilderness, and wore a martyred expression for most of her life. She would have much preferred a life in the suburbs, "with nice safe walks in the park and a cozy bed inside the house." "Any dog worth her milk bones," Lonesome writes, "must accept her lot in life-fording rivers, swimming lakes, camping out in bitter weather and, worst of all, bears. Yes, bears. It's a wonder I am still around to tell this tale." Lonesome's memoirs paint a vivid picture of her life with Chris, but "I am not a vindictive creature and this book will remain family reading." She focuses on events not already recounted in Chris's books and, as she loftily points out in her introduction, on sharing her unique dog's perspective on their day-to-day life in the wilds.
Author: Robert Marshall
Publisher: Lost Pond Pr
Release Date: 2006-11-15
Bob Marshall embodied the spirit of wilderness. He fought for the preservation of millions of acres of American forestland; he explored and wrote about the Alaskan frontier, and he organized the Wilderness Society. His passion for wilderness was nurtured in the Adirondack Mountains, where he spent his boyhood summers. He and his brother, George, and their guide, Herb Clark, were the first to climb all the Adirondack peaks over four thousand feet. This book gathers nearly forty of Marshalls writings about the Adirondacks. They include numerous accounts of his pioneering hikes in the High Peaks and of his explorations in the vast wild region south of Cranberry Lake, spirited defenses of the forever-wild Forest Preserve, a charming sketch of Herb Clark, a tribute to the nineteenth-century surveyor Mills Blake, and excerpts from an unpublished novel set partly in the Adirondacks.These articles are an important part of Adirondack history. They not only illuminate Marshalls life and thought, but they also reveal his deeply personal connection to the Adirondacks. Readers who know Marshall solely by his national reputation will discover what inspired him to become one of the countrys strongest voices for wilderness preservation. Adirondack aficionados will delight in reading about Marshalls experience of places they know and love. The anthology also contains three articles by George Marshall, including a heartfelt portrait of his brother, Adirondacks to Alaska, as well as pieces by historian Philip G. Terrie, legendary conservationist Paul Schaefer and Adirondack Explorer Editor Phil Brown and a humorous ode to peak-bagging by Bill McKibben.It is richly illustrated by more than sixty photographs, many taken by Marshall himself, and a dozen maps.
Jaguar Totem is the riveting account of Anne LaBastille's "other life" & the exciting counterpoint to the WOODSWOMAN Trilogy. From her log cabin at the edge of wilderness, Anne LaBastille fares out on fast-paced ecological consultancies which include teeming wildlife, dazzling land - & seascapes, world renowned scientists, glamorous conferences & daring field trips. Climb with Anne into magnificent cloud forests on Volcano Atitlan in Guatemala to establish a Quetzal Reserve. Camp on the beautiful beaches of remote Anegada Island in the Caribbean as she mist-nets birds & bats new to the area. Run rapids by dugout canoe in the Darien jungle of Panama where Anne meets a wondrous young female jaguar, "Mancha," while on a National Geographic assignment. Zodiak over the stormy North Atlantic to photograph huge gannet colonies off St. Kilda, Scotland. Jaguar Totem rivals anything in the WOODSWOMAN Trilogy. It tells of life intensely lived -- of life as vibrant as this book's cover. It reinforces Dr. LaBastille's strong belief that wildlands & wildlife everywhere need constant, compassionate care. Available from West of the Wind Publications, Inc., R.D. 2, Westport, NY 12993. Phone & FAX: 518-962-8295.
Lush full-color photographs and an informative text reveal the great natural wonders of New York's gret Adirondack Park while detailing the region's role as a model of wilderness conservation. 15,000 first printing.
A paddling classic back in print with new maps, photos, details, and afterword. Christine Jerome walked into the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY, and promptly fell in love with a 9-foot, 10½-pound canoe named the Sairy Gamp. More than a century before, in 1883, the Sairy Gamp had been paddled and portaged through the Adirondacks by a sixty-one-year-old writer named George Washington Sears (his pen name was Nessmuk). The more Jerome learned about Sears, the more she wanted to follow his route, despite her lack of camping or canoeing experience. In August 1990 she embarked in a 9-foot canoe made of Kevlar and, with her husband, John, accompanying her in a slightly larger boat, set off to retrace Sears’s journey. An Adirondack Passage is part social history, part natural history, part biography of Sears, and part chronicle of a voyage. Summer turns to fall while the Jeromes make their way north, through sunshine and storms, down cottage-lined lakes and lonely wild streams. Gusting winds bully their light canoes and by mid-September the days are colder and shorter; but the longer they paddle, the more attached they become to the beauty around them. Canada geese fly overhead, monarch butterflies flutter southward, and on the larger lakes, young loons gather for their first migration to the sea. Along the way the author pauses to tell us what Sears saw when he passed by, and what happened to his favorite haunts in the ensuing century. As the history of the region unfolds we meet hermits and millionaires, hunting guides and society women, hotelkeepers and dime-novel writers, and one lost dancing bear. Christine Jerome has given us a memorable wilderness experience that readers who have never lifted a paddle will find fascinating and invigorating. This new release from Breakaway Books is the third edition, revised and updated with extra photos, maps, and a new afterword. PRAISE FOR AN ADIRONDACK PASSAGE “A fine piece of work and a great delight. ” —John McPhee “An enchanting record of a canoe trip.” —The New Yorker “A writer of fine and watertight prose. . . . An Adirondack Passage is uncategorizable—at once history, naturalism, sociology, and a love story—but unfailingly graceful.” —Boston Globe “Personal, witty, and thoughtful—one of the best introductions to the area ever produced.” —Audubon “As refreshing a break from the busyness of life as I’ve come across in awhile.” —Newsday “The writing . . . is a constant pleasure. Jerome has a style that suits her subject, quiet and gentle as a paddle in still water. She delivers her lore with wit and whimsy, with fine descriptions and without shrill preaching or righteous posturing.” —Smithsonian “The closest thing to a national nonfiction best-seller that the region has seen in ages, and deservedly so.” —Adirondack Life “A captivating account. . . . She takes us into a world of hermits and millionaires, of wild streams and glorious mountain scenery.” —Publishers Weekly “A delightful tale. . . . An informative, readable adventure whose history and environmental lessons are taught well.” —Library Journal
Author: Anne LaBastille
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Release Date: 1988
After her bestselling book, Woodswoman, Anne LaBastille retreated even farther into the wilderness and built a tiny cabin fashioned after Thoreau's Walden. Her renewed bond with nature makes for another "eloquent, witty, and inspirational volume".--Booklist.
Author: Bernd Heinrich
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Release Date: 1995-11-08
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Escapist fantasies usually involve the open road, but Bernd Heinrich's dream was to focus on the riches of one small place—a few green acres along Alder Brook just east of the Presidential Mountains. The year begins as he settles into a cabin with no running water and no electricity, built of hand-cut logs he dragged out of the woods with a team of oxen. There, alone except for his pet raven, Jack, he rediscovers the meaning of peace and quiet and harmony with nature—of days spent not filling out forms, but tracking deer, or listening to the sound of a moth's wings.Throughout this year when “the subtle matters and the spectacular distracts,” Heinrich brings us back to the drama in small things, when life is lived consciously. His story is that of a man rediscovering what it means to be alive.
Witty, whimsical, this is a firsthand account of homesteading in the remote Bella Coola Valley. For a woman in a world of men, isolation had a very special meaning. She coped -- lovingly, laughingly -- and regales the reader with her memories.