"This is a superb, monumental history. The Watermans are adept at the capsule profile, whether of peaks or persons. A gallery of characters unrolls, as diverse as those in a novel by Dickens." --Paul Jamieson, editor, The Adirondack Reader
"Written with grace, style, and good humor, seasoned with a refreshing sense of wonder, Forest and Crag reads more like a gripping novel than the serious research work it really is." --Magnetic North magazine
"In its quality, comprehensiveness, and regional orientation, Forest and Crag is unprecedented in American letters. It will become a classic in social, intellectual, and environmental history." --Roderick Nash, author of Wilderness and the American Mind
From the Back Cover
Lovers of adventure and the outdoors are hailing the return of this mountain literature classic. Superbly researched and written, and now featuring a new preface by co-author Laura Waterman, Forest and Crag is the definitive history of the mountains of the Northeast. The struggles of early pioneers in America's first frontier wilderness, the first ascent of every major peak in the Northeast, the building of the first trail networks including the Appalachian Trail, the golden era of the summit resort hotels, the unforeseen consequences of the backpacking boom of the 1970s and 1980s - it's all here in one comprehensive volume. The late Guy Waterman and his wife Laura spent a decade researching and writing Forest and Crag and in it they draw together widely scattered sources on the history of the White Mountains, the Green Mountains, the Adirondacks, the Catskills, as well as the mountains beyond and in between. What emerges is a compelling story of our ever-evolving relationship with the mountains and wilderness, a story that will fascinate historians, outdoor enthusiasts, and armchair adventurers alike.