on Nov. 24, 2010 :
These short stories by Laudizen King have touched my heart and soul. I am a avid hiker, camper and explorer of the White Mountains of New Hampshire and have experienced the awe of this beautiful region throughout my entire life. The King brings me back to those places I visited in such a eloquent and vivid manner in "The White Mountain Chronicles". It's as if I was there again seeing the landscape, feeling the elements and experiencing the nostalgia all over again through his words. I would recommend his work to anyone interested in a fine read, but more so if you are at all interested in hiking, camping or learning more about this beautiful region. Hats off to the King!
(reviewed 87 days after purchase)
on Sep. 16, 2010 :
I'm a huge fan of Laudizen King! I've read "The White Mountain Chronicles" at least a 1/2 dozen times. You can't imagine how much I can relate to this work.
I enjoy his writing style and the way he speaks of the White Mountains and the time he spent there. I share so many of his sentiments about the area, but one that stands out most to me is his thoughts on hiking alone, "I'd rather hike alone than share the mountains with someone who does not appreciate them the way that I do".
I'm a bit embarrassed by it, but I often think how great it would be to have a hiking partner like him, someone who loves the whole mountain experience: the drive up as the weight of the world starts to leave your shoulders, the satisfaction of a long hard hike, the pleasure of a warm camp fire and cold beer afterwards, gazing at the stars from a tent in Dolly Copp, and all of the other great things that come with the mountain experience.
I actually just stayed at Dolly Copp on Sunday night before hiking King Ravine on Monday and was thinking of this book. I'm curious what his favorite site was. I was putting up my tent in the rain, remembering the story 'May Camp', of arriving late in the evening at Dolly Copp, and getting his tarp set up in the rain. His writings are so vivid that it's impossible to be in the area and not recall a story or two of his about the area you're in.
Laudizen King's writings mean a lot to me. I think you will enjoy them as well. When your schedule, the weather, or life in general won't let you be in the mountains, Laudizen King's writings are the next best thing to being there yourself!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on Aug. 23, 2010 :
I enjoyed these stories from the mountains of New Hampshire; they are full of life and enthusiasm. His chapter detailing the strange and piquant moments of those years (Out of the Fog) was particularly telling. A fine read.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
on March 18, 2010 :
I confess that I am not an objective reviewer. Full disclosure: I've known Laudizen King for half a century, and joined him for quite a few White Mountain adventures.
King introduced me, some thirty years ago, to the magic of the mountains. His boundless enthusiasm and connection with the sheer joy of being one with New Hampshire's majestic terrain was infectious, and I surrendered without question to every suggestion he made that I drop everything and join him for a romp in the Whites. It is with more than a little nostalgia that I revisit those salad days.
All these years later, reading Laudizen King's memories of those glorious trips, I am once again astounded by his encyclopedic knowledge of the territory and acute memory for the most minute and obscure details of the trips, the trails, the tribulations and triumphs that marked his long term love affair with the Whites.
But make no mistake: The White Mountain Chronicles is much more than an account of King's adventures on the trail. It is an intimate look inside the evolution of one man's awareness of his rightful place in the natural order of things and in the world of man.
Read this book to learn or relearn the realities of committed mountain hiking and the glory of the White Mountains. Read it again, between the lines, and be richer for it.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)