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Adirondack books for holiday and winter reading

December 21, 2011
By NIKI?KOUROFSKY - Adirondack Life magazine , Adirondack Center for Writing

Common English was too plain common for Orson "Old Mountain" Phelps as he stood atop his beloved Mount Marcy. So the fabled High Peaks guide fathered his own phrase: "heaven up-h'isted-ness." Whether the term captured a feeling of being "hoisted" up to heaven or was simply a play on "heaven up high" is still open for debate - although the pronunciation favored by his descendants would point to the latter.



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