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Grace L.  Hudowalski #9, Mary Davis, Herb Lance, and A. T. Shorey
on the trail to Marcy, in the 1940s - photo by Edward C. Hudowalski #6



Here you will read about who we are, what we do, a list of the 46 peaks, instructions on how to register to become a recorded 46er and much more. The website also contains a schedule of club-sponsored events including its summer trail maintenance projects--in which you are welcome to participate even if you are not a 46er--as well as a history of the club, and a roster of all those who have completed and registered their climbs of the 46 High Peaks.

Climbing the 46 is about more than just receiving a patch for the accomplishment. It is a personal challenge that will reward you with memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. If you choose to take on the adventure, please climb safely, with concern for your fellow hikers and respect for the magnificent environment you have the privilege to explore.

Sally Hoy #2924W, President


Official Winter 46er Dinner

The Official Winter 46er Dinner will be held at the Crowne Plaza (formerly Holiday Inn) in Lake Placid, on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 5-10 PM. This is a great chance to talk with each other without getting hypothermia! Friends and family are welcome if you think they love winter and are brave enough to meet us! You do not need to have completed the Winter 46 to attend. Everyone who completes the Winter 46 by March 21, 2014 will be recognized at the dinner.

Event Details: Social hour (cash bar) from 5-6:30 PM. A fabulous buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 PM. The dinner includes FOUR main dishes (beef, chicken, fish and vegetarian lasagna), as well as soup, salad, green beans, potatoes, desserts and coffee/tea/milk. Price is $33 per person; kids ages 4-12 are $17.50. (Price includes tip.)

Planning to attend?

  • Please make checks payable to: "ADK 46ers"
  • Please include the names of those who will be attending.
  • Mail to: Peggy MacKellar, 165 Elm Street, Lake Placid, NY 12946

Important note: Peggy must receive your check no later than March 15, 2014 in order to meet the hotel's reservation deadline.

If you need any more information, please email mmackellar@roadrunner.com or call Peggy at (518) 523-1341. All are welcome and will be accommodated for sure!! See you all there and have fun climbing until then!





The Correspondence Process has been a tradition within the 46ers since the club's conception. In order to move forward with the new climbing season approaching, modifications have been put in place. Please visit the How to Join section.


With the change in Canadian postage rates and some confusion with ordering multiple items, we have posted “Guidelines” for determining correct postage.  Members can find these new guidelines in the “MERCHANDISE” section of the webpage. (Click Here.)


DVD on Grace - “The Mountains Will Wait for You” $ 20.00

Now on Sale through the Forty-Sixers

Grace Hudowalski, 46er #9, was both our first President and first Historian, a position she held for 59 years. Recently, a 44-minute documentary movie was made about her life and her role in promoting and recording the history of our organization. Produced by Fredrick T. Schwoebel and narrated by Johnny Cash, the film includes stories shared by early 46ers Ed Ketchledge, Fred Johnson, Jim Goodwin, and “Ditt” and Mary Dittmar. The Forty-Sixers are now offering this DVD with our regular merchandise items.

Grace Peak Project


In 1940 the Forty-Sixers of Troy, the precursor of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers, began the process of petitioning the New York State and U. S. Boards of Geographic Names to request the official and permanent naming of a number of Adirondack High Peaks:  Blake, Couchsachraga, Marshall, Phelps, Emmons, Gray, Wright, Algonquin, and Boundary. While hikers and residents of the Adirondack region already referred to those peaks by those titles, the names had never been officially recorded at the state and federal level.

Grace Hudowalski, the long-time historian for the Forty-Sixers of Troy and the Adirondack Forty-Sixers, led the effort. Read more...

Forty-Sixers Honor Herb Clark, 46er #1


While cold rain forced the club-sponsored tribute to Herb Clark to be held indoors instead of at the St. Bernard’s Cemetery in Saranac Lake, the wet weather did not dampen the spirits of those who attended. More than 100 people gathered at the Cantwell Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library on May 26th to honor Herb Clark, 46er #1. Many of the men paid homage to Clark by dressing in his standard hiking attire—a long sleeve shirt and tie.

Forty-Sixer President Sally Hoy (#2924W) welcomed all those attending, including a large number of Herb Clark’s descendants, as well as Roger Marshall, son of George Marshall (46er #2). Peggy McKeller (#2857W) led the group in the singing of “The Forty-Sixer Song,” and Suzanne Lance (#1802W) presented an historical overview on Herb Clark’s life and his hiking adventures with Bob (46er #3) and George Marshall in their quest to be the first to climb all the 46 High Peaks. Tony Solomon (#3626W) recently retired Chair of the Historian’s Office, presented each of Herb Clark’s grandchildren with a replica of the club’s climbing Certificate of Accomplishment. Several family members recounted their personal remembrances of Herb and his wife Mary Jane.

Following the ceremony a number of hearty souls braved the wind and rain to go to the cemetery to see the memorial stone that the 46ers purchased to honor Herb Clark’s designation as 46er #1.

To view tribute program click HERE


Your 46er Contributions at Work, 2013 - 2014

While 46ers who were in the High Peaks for the club’s fall meeting on October 5 were enjoying the cooler temperatures and vivid colors of autumn and anticipating the first snows of winter, the 46er Executive Committee was thinking about spring. The Executive Committee considered funding proposals for a number of stewardship projects in the High Peaks that are being planned for the spring 2014 season. Thanks to the generous donations of our members, the Executive Board approved funding support for several major trail improvement projects, including ATIS-sponsored bridge work on the Elk Lake/Marcy Trail, the annual spring trail sweep conducted by the ADK paid trail crew, and the first phase of a multi-year project to improve sections of the trails on Colden’s summit.

Responsible stewardship of the High Peaks area is an important part of the mission of the 46ers.  Your contributions make it possible for all of us to “give something back” to the mountains. Thank you!

Below is a list of all of the stewardship projects that the 46ers have supported in 2013 and will be supporting in 2014:

-- $6,000    For ADK’s Pro Trail crew to complete a pre-season trail sweep and blowdown removal. (2013/2014)
-- $5,100     Paid for a Wildlife Conservation Bear Steward at the Upper Works Trailhead to educate campers and hand out bear canisters. (2013/2014)
-- $4,619     Awarded to the DEC for materials to replace bridges damaged by hurricane Irene. (2013)
-- $5,000    Fund established to support Lean2 Rescue efforts to rehabilitate high peaks lean-tos. (2013/2014)
-- $20,000  For labor costs for the ADK’s trail crew to place bog bridging between Algonquin and Iroquois. (2013)
-- $10,000   For materials for the ATIS trail crew to replace the bridging on Elk Lake/Marcy Trail. (2014)
-- $15,000   For phase 1 of labor for Mt. Colden trail improvements (2014)
-- $1,400     Paid four camperships for area children to attend DEC Conservation Camps. (2013/2014)
-- $1,791      Grant for Fessie Washburn film preservation (2013)
-- $542       Paid for a grave-side memorial honoring Herb Clark as 46er #1 (2013)

$81,952    Contributed or Pledged to date during 2013/2014

-- Member dues ($8 per member) financed the 2013 daily operations of the club including:
$4,485        Office of the Historian
$1,681         Trailmaster Projects
$16,814       Publication of two issues of Peeks Magazine
$2,680        Outdoor Skills Workshop.
$100 per participant (up to) refunded for completion of a Wilderness first aid course.

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Spring Meeting Highlights

Five hundred twenty-five 46ers, family members, and friends attended the Forty-Sixer 2013 Spring meeting that was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lake Placid on Sunday, May 26th. Four hundred fifty-one individuals finished the 46 in 2012—a record number of finishers in one year. Of that very impressive number, 122 attended the Spring Meeting to celebrate their achievement by receiving their Certificates of Accomplishment. The new 46ers paused for photos as Office of the Historian staff member Jane Meader Nye (#4142) handed them their certificate and 46er President Sally Hoy (#2924W) congratulated each hiker... Read more
Bog Bridges or the "Walkway to Heaven"

If you have been avoiding climbing Iroquois because of the quagmires of mud, muck, and stagnant water along the Algonquin/Boundary/Iroquois ridge, you are in for a pleasant surprise! The spring the Adirondack Mountain Club's profesional trail crew [under the supervision of Andrew Hamlin (ADKT Trails Coordinator), Robert Daley (Forester 2, DEC), and Wes Lampman (North Country Operations director, ADK)] built a series of stringer bridges...Read more