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In 1988 Christine Jerome walked into the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake New York and promptly fell in love with a nine foot ten and a half 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 Jerome learned about Sears the she wanted to follow his route despite her lack of canoeing or camping experience In August 1990 she embarked in a nine foot canoe made of Kevlar and with. Review notes An Adirondack Passage Christine Jerome 19942 starsThe book jacket indicates that this is an Exhilarating 180 mile canoe trip I really take issue with book jacket writers attempting to inject excitement and significance for sales appealThis is a historical narrative based on a similar trip written about by George Sears in the late 1880 s and 90 s This narrative covers the people and land development along the route in the Adirondacks It has both historical and environmental overtonesThe actual contemporary recreation trip taken in 1990 was very tightly intertwined into the historical narrative Many paragraphs of the actual trip began with a contemporary sentence describing the conditions and time of day and mention a landmark shoreline location or structure That mention then became an insertion point for 2 3 pages of historical narrative For myself this historical narrative was not interesting in the sense that I am not familiar with the geography people or climate of the area The historical narrations began to resemble trivial pursuit topics in some sections They the historical narratives probably constituted 85% of the total page volume The author even stated at one point that this had become of a historical narrative than a travel narrativeA general summation of the book s history and area would be that wealthy developers moved into the area and destroyed the original environmental bio culture Most of the streams and rivers had been dammed at some point Logging and hunting for sport decimated the wildlife populations to the point that many of the animals and fish are no longer resident and many of the tree species in the current forested areas are different than the original forest speciesThe current area as described indicates that the area is largely urbanized to the extent that many pockets of land and shoreline are held privately and are inaccessible to the public The areas that are accessible are handled as a state or nation forest preserve This means designated campsite restrictions with most of the modern amenities which only lack the hotel room structure Overcrowding during weekends the summer and holidays sounds very typical of anyplace America The average recreational pursuer reuires big powerful fast boats on any water surface loud music and assumes that any trash is for tossing The landowners are confrontational to touristsThe descriptive narrations of these conditions might have been accurate and well directed but they didn t make for exciting reading and don t stand out as being uniue problems that haven t been narrated in similar forms many years before the 90 s and every year sinceI began reading this book for the narrative experience of a long canoe voyage This voyage was practically a long stay in a state park with narrations of small lakes and relatively small streamsrivers The camping was rarely primitive and often involved hotels and restaurants The average speed was only 8 miles per day The boat being used was a mostly accurate recreation in terms of size handling and seaworthiness And by seaworthiness it could be forcibly stated that this boat was only suited to very flat water in very small bodies of water on calm days It was pointed out that racing canoes on the same water can cover 90 miles in 3 days so conceivably they could have done this entire journey in less than a week and had a large part of the weekend for return travel The author used the better part of a month for the trip I don t have an objection to that except that the exhilarating action never kicked in I would have liked to see a three part book with cross referenced sections regarding the historical settlement and the ecological changes segregated form the travel narrative

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An Adirondack Passage The Cruise of the Canoe Sairy Gamp

Rch 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 even lifted a canoe paddle will find invigorating. A woman recreates George Sears 19th century canoe trip

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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 lightweight canoes and by mid September the days are colder and shorter but the longer they paddle the attached they become to the beauty around them Canada geese fly overhead mona. Added 52213I first heard about this book while listening to NPR radio in May 2013 The book was first published April 1st 1994The Adirondacks are of special interest to me because we vacationed in the area for 25 years and then moved there when we retired in 1991A GR review summarizes the book well saying A woman recreates George Sears 19th century canoe tripGeorge Sears pen name was Nessmuk The canoe was called Sairy GampThe GR book description says An Adirondack Passage is part social history part natural history part biography of Sears and part chronicle of a voyageThe NPR radio program said that the book contains not only the words of Christine Jerome but also the words of George Sears written about the same canoe trip The comparison of the descriptions must be an interesting aspect of the bookThe Sairey Gamp canoe was a light weight solo canoe designed to carry their owner and a reasonable amount of gear comfortably on the water It was made by the Rushton Canoe Company in the late 1800 s when canoeing was at its peak in the USAINFO FROM The Sairy Gamp canoe was named for a character in Dickens s Martin Chuzzlewit spelled Sairey Gamp there who never took water FROM says Sarah or Sairey Gamp was a nurse in the novel Martin Chuzzlewit written by Charles Dickens and first published as a serial in 1843 1844FROMGeorge Washington Sears 1821 1890 was a sportswriter for Forest and Stream magazine in the 1880s and an early conservationist His stories appearing under the pen name Nessmuk popularized self guided canoe camping tours of the Adirondack lakes in open lightweight solo canoesSears wrote Woodcraft a book on camping in 1884 that has remained in print ever since A book of poems Forest Runes appeared in 1887 He died at his home in Pennsylvania seven years later Mount Nessmuk in northern Pennsylvania is named after himFROM Sears was born in Oxford Plains Mass Dec 2 1821 A young Narragansett Indian named Nessmuk wood drake befriended him and taught him hunting fishing and camping Later he took that as his pen name and also as the name of a couple of his canoesFROM there is a type of knife called the Nessmuk knife The design of the nessmuk is as a simple efficient slicer that s comfortable and easy to use for skinning and camp cooking and basic woodcraft Thin blade thin grind offset handleNessmuk favored a trinity system of cutting tools his little double bit hatchet a light fixed blade and a substantial Moose pattern folder Nessmuk s views towards knives are arch typical of the classic outdoorsmen he preferred thin knives keen edges and a useable length Nessmuk like other classic outdoorsmen recognized that a hatchet or small axe was the tool of choice for chopping and wrote with disfavor of large thick Bowie knives Instead a smaller knife designed for cutting efficiency was highly favoredFROM A Bowie knife is a pattern of fixed blade fighting knife first popularized by Colonel James Jim Bowie in the early 19th Century Since the first incarnation was created by James Black the Bowie knife has come to incorporate several recognizable and characteristic design features although its common use refers to any large sheath knife with a crossguard and a clip pointFROM


10 thoughts on “An Adirondack Passage The Cruise of the Canoe Sairy Gamp

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    Review notes An Adirondack Passage Christine Jerome 19942 starsThe book jacket indicates that this is an “Exhilarating” 180 mile canoe trip I really take issue with book jacket writers attempting to inject excitement and significance for sales appealThis is a historical narrative based on a similar trip written about by George Sears in

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    This book was so good I've read travel books before but never a nature travel book I don't think I even realize there were books like this Pl

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    Fun memories of Adirondack vacations and camping trips

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    I liked this book a lot for it is inspiring me to take up many of the same routes the author took for paddling trips in the near future

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    Added 52213I first heard about this book while listening to NPR radio in May 2013 The book was first published April 1st 1994The Adirondacks a

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    An Adirondack Passage is a sweet gentle introspective account of the author's recreation of the voyage of the Sairy Gamp a boat and journey well known to Adirondack canoeists Jerome has no bones to pick and her simple yet perceptive descriptions of the people and landscapes she encounters are a fair reflection of the Adirondacks as they really are Possibly she makes a little too much of the challenge of this

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    I first read this book in 2001 and have been returning to it off and on ever since I'm enjoying it as much this

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    A woman recreates George Sears 19th century canoe trip

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    A lovely natural history and travelogue written by Christine Jerome who decides to retrace George Sears' epic s