Anne LaBastille, ‘Woodswoman’ of Adirondacks

Anne LaBastille by Kirby Salvador
Illustration of Anne LaBastille by Kirby Salvador

Anne LaBastille (1935–2011)

Anne LaBastille was an author and ecologist known for her series of Woodswoman memoirs that chronicled her life in and relationship with the Adirondack Mountains. Influenced by Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, she built a secluded log cabin in the mountains in 1965 and lived there without modern luxuries for decades. She became an inspiration for women with an interest in the outdoors, encouraging them to explore and embrace nature. LaBastille was a commissioner of New York’s Adirondack Park Agency for 17 years, where she was known for her unwavering dedication to environmental conservation.

“In my opinion, camping can be the greatest expression of free will.” —Anne LaBastille

Born and raised in Chicago, Kirby Salvador is a New York-based illustrator specializing in fictional cities and the human figure. kirbysalvador.com

This feature originally appeared in the Minimalism issue.

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