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Adirondack 46ers are truly peak performers

Friday, May 9, 2014
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Gressa Blomquist
Gressa Blomquist

Have you ever seen a 46er sticker on a person’s car before? It means that person climbed 46 mountains in the Adirondacks. The 46er club dates back to the 1900s. The 46er club is a club for people who become a 46er.

My uncle Greg is a 2-time 46er. He climbed the mountains in the winter and in the summer. It took him 25 years in the summer and 1 year in the winter.

The first mountain he climbed was Marcy, which is the tallest and he was only 11 years old! He says, “We ran up it and ran down it.”

In the 1900s only 12 out of the 46 mountains had trails. In the summer people use bog bridges to walk over muddy streams. They can be 2-70 feet long wooden pieces. To become a 46er not only do you need to climb the 46 mountains you also need to fill out a form proving that you climbed them.

Marcy is the tallest at 5,344 feet. My uncle says, “Algonquin is the most fun.” Algonquin is only 5,114 feet as the second tallest. When you become a 46er you get a badge that is maroon in the background and yellow writing. It says “46er” on it. My uncle wanted to become a 46er because it was fun and for exercising, he also wanted an award. The last mountain he climbed he was about 35 years old.

When you climb the 46 mountains you should follow the 7 principles: plan ahead and prepare, travel and camp on durable surfaces, dispose of waste property, leave what you find, minimize camp fires, respect wildlife, and be considerate to other visitors.

When you go to the Adirondacks you learn new things like the first person to climb the 46 peaks was Herbert K. Clark, you can see his gravestone there.

I think you should become a 46er because you can see amazing sites and get exercise. Do you want to become a 46er?

 
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