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Canoeing the Adirondacks with Nessmuk: The Adirondack Letters of George Washington Sears
"She's all my fancy painted her, she's lovely, she is light. She waltzes on the waves by day and rests with me at night. But I had nothing to do with her painting. The man who built her did that. And I commence with the canoe because that is about the first thing you need on entering the Northern Wilderness." Thus opened Nessmuk's first commissioned "letter" for Forest and...more
Paperback, 177 pages
Published March 1st 1993 by Syracuse University Press
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Back in the 80's, this guy paddled hundreds of miles alone in the Adirondack wilderness in a feather-light-weight canoe weighing less than 20 lbs. The 1880's that is. Sears [pen name Nessmuk:] pioneered solo canoe tripping. Although not a pure canoeist - he sat rather than knelt and he used a double bladed paddle instead of a single blade - Nessmuk was an early advocate of conservation, going light, and preserving wilderness.