Decades ago, when I was in my late teens, I loved hiking and backpacking. I had the aspiration to do the AT, PCT, and CDT all as true thru hikes. I really loved hiking and backpacking. Then I got a job and well, that stuff has fallen by the wayside. One goal I have kept though is to become a 46'er. What is a 46'er? Well, that's someone that has climbed the 46 tallest peaks in New York, specifically, it's all 46 peaks over 4000 feet (1219 meters) as originally surveyed. A couple have been found to be a bit shorter, and a couple shorter ones were found to be higher. There's actually an organization that keeps track of this... http://www.adk46er.org/
I've also been one for symmetry in things, so becoming a 46'er by the time I turn 46 is the weird goal I have. I turned 43 in March, and I've only done 7 peaks back when I was in my teens.... I need to get moving.
So this year, I determined that I will do all 46 peaks by the time the snow flies again. I've broken it down based off an old article in Backpacker for how to combine things for reasonable trips. My plan is as follows (distances calculated by Locus mapping app):
- Giant and Rock Peak Ridge: 7.4 miles
- Esther and Whiteface: 9.2 miles
- Cascade and Porter from march airfield: 9.5 miles (old trailhead is now closed)
Weekend trips or long day hikes:
- Dix, East Dix, Hough, Macomb, South Dix: 18.4 miles
- Blake, Colvin, Dial, Nippletop: 19.7 miles
Long Weekend hikes:
- Donaldson, Emmons, Seward, Seymour: 22.2 miles
- Big Slide, Armstrong, Basin, Gothics, Haystack, Lower WolfJaw, Saddleback, Sawteeth, Upper WolfJaw: 37.1 miles
Week long hikes:
- Couchsachraga, Panther, Santanoni, Allen, Cliff, Colden, Marshall, Redfield: 61.4 miles
- Nye, Street, Algonquin, Iroquois, Wright, Phelps, Tabletop, Gray, Marcy, Skylight: 47.1 miles
BOLD means I've hiked it before, UNDERLINE means it's a herd path to get up.
It's going to be a lot of work, but it will be worth it. Calculated mileage for the trips may be high because they were calculated from a parking lot, not where I will be camping. In total we're talking about 230 miles of hiking over 9 different trips. With this plan, and doing Marcy,Skylight,and Gray as my last hike, I end up going to my favorite place, Lake Tear of the Cloud as my final stop.