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Skiing with Henry Knox

A Personal Journey Along Vermont's Catamount Trail

Softcover, 280 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, Nonfiction

ISBN: 978-1-944762-76-6



About this Book:

In 2015, Sam Brakeley stood at a crossroads in his life. His long-time girlfriend was moving to Utah, with or without him, and he was torn between following her or remaining in New England with family, friends, and the land he loved. So he set out to complete the Catamount Trail, a 330-mile cross-country ski trail that runs across Vermont from the Massachusetts border to Canada. He took advantage of his time in the woods to reach a decision—and brought Henry Knox along for the trip. In 1775, Knox undertook a winter journey of similar length, retrieving dozens of artillery pieces from the recently captured Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain and dragging them 300 miles through snow and cold to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to help George Washington drive the entrenched British army from Boston. Knox, too, faced his own challenges in love, leaving behind a young pregnant wife. By exploring Knox’s eighteenth-century physical and emotional journey while undertaking his own twenty-first-century trip on the Catamount Trail, Brakeley reminds us that history has many lessons to offer the living.

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"Nature and geography meet heart and emotion in this wonderfully rich and well-told tale"
––Jenny Lyons, The Vermont Book Shop

"Brakeley's book skillfully tacks back and forth from Knox's ordeals to his own: nighttime temperatures that plunged to minus-20 during 15 hours of uninterrupted darkness each night; trail markers that were missing or hard to find; a sleeping bag and ski boots that froze each night. His tale is also filled with vibrant prose about the beauty of winter in the Vermont woods, the quiet, the solitude, and the generosity of people along the way."
––Michael F. Epstein, Bennington Banner

"A little history, a little adventure (past and present), love and loneliness on the trail (but never saccharine) makes for a story that was very pleasant to read."
––The Miramichi Reader

December 7: Meet Sam Brakeley at Bear Pond Books

December 7: Meet Sam Brakeley at Bear Pond Books

"Skiing with Henry Knox" author Sam Brakeley will be signing his books at Bear Pond Books on Saturday, December 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 38 S Main Street, Stowe, VT. Books will be available for purchase at the event. For more information, call the shop at 802-253-8236.

Sam Brakeley

About this Author

Since 2012, Sam Brakeley has run Hermit Woods Trailbuilders, LLC, a trail construction and dry stone masonry company that performs work throughout New England. In his free time, he's an avid skier, hiker, and canoeist



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