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Anne LaBastille dies at 77; naturalist inspired women to explore outdoors
Anne LaBastille dies at 77; naturalist inspired women to explore outdoors

Naturalist Anne LaBastille became something of a cult hero among modern women for embracing a distinctly frontier past. When her marriage fell apart in the mid-1960s, she took refuge in the wilderness, building a log cabin on a hidden lake in the Adirondack Mountains and then carving an influential writing career out of her remote existence. Both the women's and environmental movements were on the rise in 1976 when she published "Woodswoman," the first in a four-volume autobiographical series that celebrated her adventures — and inspired women across the nation to engage in the great outdoors. LaBastille, who had Alzheimer's disease, died July 1 at a care...

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