Bob Marshall embodied the spirit of wilderness. He fought for the preservation of millions of acres of forestland throughout the country; he explored and wrote about the Alaskan frontier; and he was the driving force behind the creation of the Wilderness Society. His passion for wilderness was nurtured in the Adirondack Mountains, where he spent his boyhood summers. He and his younger brother, George, and their guide, Herb Clark, were the first to climb all the Adirondack peaks over four thousand feet.
Bob Marshall in the Adirondacks gathers nearly forty of his writings about the Adirondacks, including The High Peaks of the Adirondacks, the first guidebook published by the Adirondack Mountain Club, and excerpts from an unpublished novel. It also includes his seminal essay The Problem of the Wilderness, where he makes a cogent and passionate argument for the preservation of wild lands.
This anthology also contains pieces by George Marshall, the Adirondack historian Philip Terrie, conservationist Paul Schaefer, and the environmental writer and activist Bill McKibben.
Phil Brown, the editor of the Adirondack Explorer newsmagazine, edited the anthology and wrote the footnotes. He also contributed an article on the history of Adirondack peak-bagging.
Everyone who loves the Adirondacks, and everyone who loves the wilderness, will want to have this book on their shelf. We see the early enthusiasms of the man who preserved tens of millions of American acres, and helped launch a million backpackers. A classic!
–Bill McKibben, author, founder of 350.org
Published in collaboration with the Adirondack Council.
Hardcover, 334 pages, $24.94
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