The Hermit and Us
The Hermit and Us: Our Adirondack Adventures with Noah John Rondau
By William J. O'Hern
From September 4-8, 1951, Noah John Rondeau noted he and Lee Chandeayne enjoyed a "Good Mountain Time" at their lean-to camp at Indian Falls in the High Peaks of Essex County. Throughout their stay they shared the log shelter with ten other campers- all mountain climbers on their way to or from climbing nearby summits
"I remember descending from Mt. Marcy to Indian Falls and I remember the rainstorm" that evening, said Doctor Freeman, who was taking a break from his studies at Colby-Swarthmore Summer School of Languages in Maine to traverse the Great Range of the Adirondacks. Freeman wished he had known the old woodsman he shared the shelter with was none other than famed Cold River hermit, Noah John Rondeau. "I didn't learn that until much later," he said. "...I remember that he was friendly. He was an expert at building and keeping a fire going on a day when it rained."