Adventurous authors sign at Maine Sport

Nov 19, 2017
Tom Jamrog stands atop Colorado’s Mount Elbert, the highest summit in the Rockies.

Rockport — Maine Sport Outfitters on Route 1 will host a book signing Saturday, Dec. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. with Maine authors Thomas Jamrog of Lincolnville and Laurie Apgar Chandler of Bremen. Both have newly-released adventure travel books published in cooperation with Maine Authors Publishing of Thomaston.

Jamrog’s memoir, “In the Path of Young Bulls: An Odyssey on America’s Continental Divide Trail,” details a multi-generation team’s five months of daily challenges along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, one of the country’s toughest long-distance treks. Having already thru-hiked both the Appalachian and the Pacific Crest trails, Jamrog’s latest adventure earned him the prestigious Triple Crown award in 2014. He is a registered Maine Guide with Uncle Tom’s Guided Adventures in Lincolnville.

In “Upwards: The Story of the First Woman to Solo Thru-Paddle the Northern Forest Canoe Trail,” Chandler journeys across New England on the country’s longest mapped inland paddling trail. Since its founding in 2000, only 95 people have made the official NFCT list, going the distance in one expedition. In this uplifting story, Chandler weaves the history, wildlife, scenery and people she encountered into an old-fashioned adventure tale of upstream struggles, thrilling whitewater, escaped convicts and wild weather.

“Spending an afternoon talking about wilderness expeditions, trails, and gear at Maine Sport will be particularly meaningful for me,” said Chandler. “When I left Old Forge, N.Y., in June of 2015, it was in a 13-foot Wenonah canoe that I had purchased from Maine Sport Outfitters. That boat carried me, or sometimes I carried it, for 740 miles from the Adirondacks to northern Maine.”

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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