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'Adirondack Paddling' book an inspiring companion for paddlers

Released by ADK, Lost Pond Press

Phil Brown, author and co-publisher of "Adirondack Paddling: 60 Great Flatwater Adventures," lives in Saranac Lake. He is the editor of the Adirondack Explorer newsmagazine.

Phil Brown, author and co-publisher of "Adirondack Paddling: 60 Great Flatwater Adventures," lives in Saranac Lake. He is the editor of the Adirondack Explorer newsmagazine. Susan Bibeau

— It was nice to see a listing of six multi-day paddling trips in the back of the book, which was mainly designed to offer day trips.

“Adirondack Paddling” is 288 pages (including the index) and retails for $24.95, a reasonable price considering paddlers will be traveling a lot with it. This is a well-designed and attractive resource, filled with color photos, and it has rightly earns its place in the stable of ADK guidebooks. It is co-published by Brown’s company, Lost Pond Press.

As in all ADK publications, Brown takes “Adirondack Paddling” beyond the guidebook basics of “who, what and where” and adds the “how and why.” The reader will learn how to safely enjoy these waterways and begin to understand why it’s so important to protect these public lands.

It’s striking how many nooks and crannies of the Adirondack Park I’m missing by not taking these trips. I’ll admit, I don’t canoe or kayak, and I’ve spent most of my time in the Forest Preserve hiking and backpacking. Save for a memorable three-day canoeing trip on the Raquette River from Long Lake to Tupper Lake, I’m no paddler. But I found a love for paddling in this book.

“Adirondack Paddling” made we want to be a paddler.

Learn more at www.LostPondPress.com or www.adk.org.

Meet the author

Phil Brown will give an Adirondack paddling presentation at two locations this coming week and holding a book signing with one of his friends.

Brown and Mike Virtanen will be holding a joint book signing at Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Virtanen, the author of “The River’s Tale,” and Brown, the author of “Adirondack Paddling,” will sign copies of their latest books. “The River’s Tale” was published by Lost Pond Press of Saranac Lake (Brown’s company). “Adirondack Paddling” was co-published by Lost Pond Press and the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK).

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