Adirondack Peak Experiences: Mountaineering Adventures, Misadventures, and the Pursuit of "The 46"

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Eighty-seven true tales of adventures and misadventures in New York State s Adirondack Park written by more than seventy-five mountaineers, including some of the most experienced backpackers in the Northeast, many of them members of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers and the Adirondack Mountain Club. Included are unforgettable climbs in extreme weather, mistakes made and hardships endured, encounters with black bears and other wildlife, accidents and injuries, getting lost in the wilderness, rescues, inspirations and enchantments--memorable adventures that present the dangers, challenges and joys of all-season hiking and backpacking in the Adirondack Mountains. With photos and map, and background on the geology, forest ecology, and climate of the Adirondacks, plus the histories and programs of the Adirondack Mountain Club and the Adirondack Forty-Sixers (whose members must summit all 46 Adirondack peaks above 4,000 feet elevation).

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“A wonderfully written and compiled anthology of hiking and mountaineering adventures in the Adirondacks.” Neil Woodworth Eighty-seven true tales of adventures and misadventures in New York’s Adirondack Park written by more than seventy-five mountaineers, including some of the most experienced backpackers in the Northeast, Adirondack Forty-Sixers, and members of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Included are unforgettable climbs in extreme weather, mistakes made and hardships endured, encounters with bears and other wildlife, accidents and injuries, getting lost in the wilderness, rescues, inspirations, and enchantments—all of the dangers, challenges and joys of all-season hiking and backpacking in the Adirondack Mountains. “This book is an invitation, as the pages fly by; you cannot escape the growing desire to get out there, to be part of it. To appreciate nature, especially the mountains, you must embrace them. You must experience them in all of their glory, their dangers and moods. This then is a book about men and women who venture out in all seasons and in all weathers to explore the mountains. This is a book of true accounts, of real adventures and yes, some misadventures. All the accounts are instructive.” Neil F. Woodworth, Executive Director and Counsel, Adirondack Mountain Club “In this extensive collection of writings about Adirondack adventures past and present, ranging from tales of disaster avoided (or not) to meditations on why we are attracted to wilderness, Carol White has presented us with a veritable kaleidoscope of impressions that one would never be able to experience on one’s own.” Tony Goodwin, editor of Adirondack Trails: High Peaks Region and author of Ski and Snowshoe Trails in the Adirondacks “Ordinary people face extraordinary challenges in this incredible collection of true tales of trials, tribulations, tumbles, and triumphs. There’s a wealth of experience contained in this book, much of it learned the hard way. Truly, some of the hikers are lucky to have made it out of the woods. If this book doesn’t get your heart pounding, then you need to check your pulse for signs of life.” Russell Dunn, author of Adirondack Waterfall Guide and coauthor of Adirondack Trails with Tales Includes photos and map, background information on the geology, forest ecology, and climate of the Adirondacks, and the histories and programs of the Adirondack Mountain Club and the Adirondack 46ers.

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Carol Stone White compiled and edited Catskill Peak Experiences: Mountaineering Tales of Endurance, Survival, Exploration & Adventure from the Catskill 3500 Club (Black Dome Press, 2008), a collection of true stories of adventure in the quest to summit all 35 Catskill Mountain Peaks over 3,500 feet in elevation. Carol and her husband David are regular and winter members of the Catskill 3500 Club. Carol is also the editor of Women with Altitude: Challenging the Adirondack High Peaks in Winter, published in 2005. She and David are authors of Catskill Day Hikes for All Seasons, published in 2002, and are editors of the Adirondack Mountain Club s comprehensive guidebook, Catskill Trails, 3rd Edition, volume 8 of ADK s Forest Preserve Series. Carol and David White are members of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers and became Winter Forty-Sixers in 1997. Carol served from 2003 2007 on the Executive Board of the 46ers Club. They are also members of the Adirondack Mountain Club, David serving as a Director from the Iroquois Chapter. They are members of the Four Thousand Footer Club of the White Mountains, having completed climbs of the forty-eight peaks over 4,000 feet in summer in 1999, and in winter in 2006. And they are 111ers of Northeastern USA, having completed climbs of the New York-New England 4,000-footers in September 2000 (then 113 peaks). They have climbed eight of the 14,000 footers in Colorado. Carol received the Susan B. Anthony Legacy Award in 2007 at the University of Rochester with polar explorer Ann Bancroft and long-distance cold-water swimmer Lynne Cox. They spoke on the theme, Daring the Impossible: Strong Women Take on the World, on how they draw attention to causes larger than their own ambitions.

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