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  • Jim Gifford
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    I just read this book too. Great read. His writing style is engaging, and he paints clear pictures all right. I remember one great thunderstorm he describes. Leapt back into the nineteenth century and what a memorable trip. No wonder people wanted to go, after this book (More respect now for Street Mountain too). Another wonderful read is Friendly Adirondack Peaks by Robert S. Wickham, if you can find a copy. He was doing high peaks at the same time as the Marshalls, and you realize that there were others up there too, at the same time. And with a memorable dog.

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  • MTVhike
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    The biggest mountain in the vicinity of Upper Works not mentioned by the author is Mt. Adams, so maybe that's Robertson!

  • FlyFishingandBeer
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    This is a really cool book with some fantastic story telling. Street definitely gives Tolkien a run for his money in terms of creative, poetic descriptions to paint pictures for the reader.

    Yes, the forward is over 25% of the actual book, about 60 pages IIRC.

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  • Makwa
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    Robertson... clues on pages 48-49 and 57-58 for those who want to do some detective work with a map. Bear in mind that the reference to Henderson could be a different mountain than we know today to be on the western side of the lake of the same name. I seem to recall Henderson was once the name of today's MacNaughton.

  • Makwa
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    page xviii... Robertson is named for Archibald Robertson.

  • Makwa
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    Rogers... look at pages 85 and 121 for minor clues. My guess is that it's Round Mountain.

  • Makwa
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    Archibald Robertson was a partner in the Adirondack Steel Manufacturing Company along with Archibald McIntyre and others. Then there was a Robert Robertson who designed Great Camp Santanoni and was a member of the Tahawus Club. Having a mountain named Robertson near Upper Works thus makes sense. I assume it's named for Archibald Robertson given that Street's book was from 1869 and the Great Camp wasn't built until the 1890's.

    Rogers? No clue. Common name. Maybe something to do with Robert Rogers of Rogers' Rangers? Or named for some local person and the name fell out of use?

  • MTVhike
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    I'm in the middle of reading it and some questions come to mind, especially the renaming of mountains: Most I already know about, but there are references to a Mt. Robertson, in the vicinity of Upper Works; I can't find it anywhere. Upon Googling it, the only reference found is this book! Street also refers to Rogers Mountain (in the vicinity of Noonmark?), presumably visible from the summit of Marcy.
    When I finish this book, I will probably have more questions.

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  • OnAClearDay
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    Open access here:
    https://archive.org/details/indianpa...ge/n6/mode/2up

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  • YanaLG
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    thanks for the recommendations, I just ordered the book!

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  • mudrat
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    Some of Street's quotes inspired me writing the Panther Gorge book--he and Phelps' writings made me realize the extensive history that was documented. He actually named PG during that trip. I miss the poetic language he used in describing the terrain...classic for the era. That's one of my favourite ADK books! Thanks for posting.

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    started a topic Great read: The Indian Pass

    Great read: The Indian Pass

    While staying at home, I stumbled on a book that I had heard about in my many trips to the ADK Museum (or whatever silly name it has now): The Indian Pass, by Alfred Billings Street. It has been touted as one of the main reasons for the increased interest in the outdoors and specifically, hiking in the ADK, and I can see why. The language is so over-the-top romantic and grand that you get a great sense of the grandeur of the place. If you can find a copy, I highly recommend it. It was also quite the monumental hike he undertook- basically a tour of the Eastern HP, starting near LP, through Indian Pass, to Upper Works, up the Opalescent to Marcy, then Panther Gorge and out through Ausable Lakes. Then a wagon ride to the base of Whiteface, hike up and down, then back to where he started. Terrific escapist literature for mountain-starved shut-ins.
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