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An Adirondack passage : the cruise of the canoe Sairy Gamp
Jerome, Christine, 1943-
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Lake George, N.Y. : Adirondack Mountain Club, [1998]

Physical Description:
xxiii, 244 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, 1 map ; 21 cm
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GV776.N72 A345 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
GV776.N72 A345 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Booklist Review

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. ~--Roland Wulbert

Publisher's Weekly Review

George Washington Sears was an outdoorsman, a contributor to Forest and Stream under the pen name Nessmuk. In July 1883, he launched the Sairy Gamp , a nine-foot, 1012-pound canoe for a trip through the Adirondacks, from Old Forge to Upper St. Regis Lake. In our own day, in late summer of 1990, Jerome, former managing editor of New England Monthly , and her husband John set out to retrace Sears's journey, she in a duplicate nine-foot Kevlar canoe, he in a slightly larger craft of 1012 feet. Jerome gives a captivating account of their journey interspersed with a biography of Sears, regional history and excerpts from Sears's story of his own trip. She takes us into a world of hermits and millionaires, of wild streams and glorious mountain scenery. These wilderness adventures, more than a century apart, will appeal strongly to canoeists and to readers familiar with the Adirondacks. Illustrated. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

After visiting the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, the author became intrigued with George Washington Sears (pen name Nessmuk), a late 19th-century outdoors writer who at age 61 made a 180-mile canoe trip in the Adirondacks. His canoe, the Sairy Gamp, was just nine feet long, weighed only 10.5 pounds, and was the object of attention along his route. Jerome decided to duplicate the canoe (hers became the Sairy Damp ) and with her husband retrace Sears's 1883 voyage. This book is the delightful tale of their month-long journey in 1990. Jerome blends information from Sears's diary entries and other writings with the history (cultural and natural) of specific lakes or lodges and accounts of people (often famous), creating a fascinating portrait of what has happened since Sears passed by. The result is an informative, readable adventure whose history and environmental lessons are taught well. Essential for regional collections and highly recommended for all other collections.-- Nancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, Ohio (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.