In the early 1900s, the Cold River area of New York's Adirondack Mountains was a logging-scarred no man's land — the kind of deep woods that would have been easy to run to and hide from the rest of civilization. And that's exactly what the colorful hermit Noah John Rondeau did for 36 years, living above the river, miles from any other civilization as the "mayor of Cold River City, population 1." But the reasons Rondeau decided to set up shop in the region are the same ones that make the Cold River area one of the Adirondacks' premiere — and desolate — backcountry adventure destinations.
A Man of the Woods
Head into Hermit Country
"Where Man Himself Is a Visitor."
Written by Ryan Wichelns July 18, 2018
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