Posted by: Beth Gelber
My husband Jeff has been an Adirondack 46er for more than 20 years, and has re-climbed them all several times over. Last summer he encouraged me to “restart” my 46 with less than twenty summits under my belt. Since he would rather be in the High Peaks, in any weather conditions, than ALMOST anywhere else, he is probably very happy that I've recently met up with an extended group of women friends who are all aspiring 46ers like me. If he can’t be out there hiking the big peaks with our young kids, then at least he can be living vicariously through my trip reports!
Earlier this month, our group of seven ladies met up to tackle the trailless Seward Range, generally regarded as 4 of the remotest peaks of the 46. Our group included Marcy, Carol, Helen, Marie, Judy, Elizabeth and me. Several of us have summited at least 30 peaks, I now have 25 peaks, and a few have just reached the double digits. One of us is already a 46er (Elizabeth, #6091) and working on her second round.
All of us are Moms, with kids ranging in age from 22 to 3 and a half! Some are in the midst of career changes, and some are in the midst of parenting young children. Several in our group are half- and full marathoners, long distance bike riders, and cross country and downhill skiers. What brought us together this weekend was the common goal of summiting these peaks, and a camping trip to boot.
Initially we planned on backpacking in to one of the lean-tos, but when it was decided that we would car-camp along Corey’s Road instead, we all breathed a collective (via email) sigh of relief. We could focus on the long day of hiking ahead of us and not have to worry about how much gear and supplies we could reasonably carry in for five miles.
After a long drive we arrived Friday night in the dark at what turned out to be a beautiful campsite near flowing water. We shared some wine and discussed our plans for the next day. The nearby waterfall was so loud it should have lulled us all to sleep, but since most of us hadn’t camped in years, we all agreed in the morning it was a pretty sleepless night!
Seward Mountain, elevation 4331', order of height: 26. Donaldson, elevation 4108', order of height: 34. Emmons, elevation 4039', order of height: 40. First ascent for all 3 peaks: 1870, Verplanck Colvin and Alvah Dunning.
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