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Old 09-26-2012, 01:48 PM   #1
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New Paddling book

I just picked up Phil Brown's new paddling book "Adirondack Paddling" and all I can say is WOW! I would've bought it just for the pictures. I haven't had a chance to read through the descriptions yet, but my first impressions are that it's going to be a great addition to my Adirondack library. I have a feeling I'll be spending a lot of time with it this winter, planning next year's paddling trips.

Thanks Phil.
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:23 PM   #2
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I want it, where can I get it?
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:42 PM   #3
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From ADK...with discount if you are a member:

http://www.adk.org/

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Old 09-26-2012, 03:23 PM   #4
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The book is well done. Many photos, good maps & succinct descriptions of 60 places to do flat water paddling. Lots of reading, and follow up trips to come.

Phil sent me a signed copy as a thank you for using one of my photos. I believe a few other ADK Forum regulars also have photos in it.
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:54 PM   #5
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The photos are really outstanding. My congratulations to you, Bob K, and everyone else who contributed.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:05 PM   #6
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I picked up a copy from ADK last Saturday; it seems to be very well done.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:25 AM   #7
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Perhaps too early, but I'm going to see if EMS has it in stock today at lunch. Congrats Phil!

I hope the book has some refreshing different locations beyond the AMC Quiet Water series.
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:14 AM   #8
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Thanks, everyone. We ended up using more than 150 color photos and more than 60 color maps.

Grey-Jay, the book has many locations you won't find in the AMC book.

I'll be curious to see what you think of the meander quotient rankings. Don't take them too seriously: I did them for fun and hope they generate some good-natured discussions on which river is the twistiest in the Adirondacks. I plan to write a blog on the MQ in the near future. For now, I would note that the rankings reflect the stretches I paddled and the twistiness of every river varies. The Oswegatchie, for example, though famous for its meanders, has some stretches that are not all that twisty. The old guides called one of them the Straight of the Woods.
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:25 PM   #9
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Phil,
In the directions to Cheney Pond it says drive east on Boreas Rd from Northway exit 29. Shouldn't that be west on Boreas Rd.? You would go east if coming from Newcomb.
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In the directions to Cheney Pond it says drive east on Boreas Rd from Northway exit 29. Shouldn't that be west on Boreas Rd.? You would go east if coming from Newcomb.
Shoot, you're right. I don't know how that slipped through.
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:14 AM   #11
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I liked the meander quotient because thats my favorite kind of paddling.
"A meander is the pleasantest distance between two points"
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:55 PM   #12
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Great quote!
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:51 PM   #13
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I liked the meander quotient because thats my favorite kind of paddling.
"A meander is the pleasantest distance between two points"
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Please credit Paul Jamieson for that quote, but it was most widely repeated by Paul's friend John Baumann in his mesmerizing slide show presentations of hiking and paddling the Adirondacks. John was a gentle guide, a well known backcountry educator, and friend of the wilderness and all backwoods travelers. His spirt is captured in the quote, though he unfortunately left us all too soon.
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:21 PM   #14
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Here is more on an article about the Oswegatchie. I am sure Rich didn't leave out the credit to Paul Jamieson on purpose. Rick I bet you read the North Flow guide from Jamieson and the words stuck as you paddled on the Oswegatchie

http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/20...-to-dream.html
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:19 PM   #15
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I'm lucky I remembered the quote right,much less where I read it!
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:00 PM   #16
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Just wanted to give this thread a bump, and say thanks again for some great ideas for this upcoming paddling season.
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:25 PM   #17
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Justin,

I say let's talk Bill into publishing a new paddling guidebook, something for the waters less paddled...Upper Jessup, Newcomb, Lower Cedar, Rock, Chain Drain...
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I say let's talk Bill into publishing a new paddling guidebook, something for the waters less paddled...Upper Jessup, Newcomb, Lower Cedar, Rock, Chain Drain...
I think it's safe to say that Bill covers a lot of ground, and water.
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I say let's talk Bill into publishing a new paddling guidebook, something for the waters less paddled...Upper Jessup, Newcomb, Lower Cedar, Rock, Chain Drain...
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I think it's safe to say that Bill covers a lot of ground, and water.
I don't think a new book is warranted, because the scope of the Discover series includes such waterways. If they seem under represented in the current editions, that is a result of my limited time, not a lack of interest.

In fact, if any intrepid paddlers wanted to explore such paddle routes for upcoming Discover guidebooks, I have immediate openings. There are several sites in the Wilcox Lake Wild Forest that are in scope for my current writing project, but which I probably won't get to myself. You won't get paid for your troubles, but I have other means of expressing my gratitude.

To express an interest, contact me at bill @ hiketheadirondacks.com (minus the spaces).

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