Author Erik Schlimmer will be in the area on Saturday, September 28 to sign copies of his new book, Blue Line to Blue Line: The Official Guide to the Trans Adirondack Route, at two separate venues.
He will be at the Adirondack Reader in Inlet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Old Forge Hardware Store from 2 to 4 p.m.
In his guidebook, Schlimmer, a skilled backpacker, takes readers along the Trans Adirondack Route, a long-distance primitive hiking path that extends 235 miles across the Adirondack Park, the largest park and forest preserve in the Lower Forty-Eight.
Overall, the route—which was just established this year—uses approximately 160 miles of trails, 65 miles of roads, and 10 miles of trackless woods to get from one end of the park to the other.
The compact, 10.3 ounce book includes detailed route descriptions and all the information one would need for a successful thru-hike including sample gear lists, lightweight backpacking how-tos, and tours of Adirondack history, flora, and fauna. It also features a number of photographs.
Schlimmer, a former Adiron-dack backcountry ranger and founding member of Friends of the Trans Adirondack Route, said that backpacking the 235 miles across the park was the easiest part of the book project.
“It took me 12 days to hike the route, and three years to write the book,” he said.