I'm a 50-something (though in my 40s when I undertook this challenge), slightly out of shape (some years more than others!), mother of 3 who had a goal - to hike all of the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains in New York State. A High Peak is a mountain over 4,000 ft in elevation. A few of the peaks are technically not over 4,000 feet, but when they were originally surveyed in the early 1900s, they were thought to be and so are on the original list of High Peaks.
I did not set out to become a 46er. In fact, I didn't even set out to hike High Peaks. But I hiked my first two, and after the pain wore off, I hiked another. And then I started looking for information about others that "might not be too bad" and before you know it, I had hiked 10 or 11. Along with these experiences came confidence. So I broadened my horizons, set bigger goals, looked for newer challenges. The next thing I knew, I had half of them under my belt. Well, if I can do half, why can't I do 30? Well 30 and 31 were on the same day and there was no longer a question that I wasn't going to at least TRY to finish all 46. And that's how it "just happened". But along the way, consulted the Internet, hiking forums, ADK guidebooks - anything that would give me a good idea of what to expect and where I was going. Also, I never hike alone and most often am with some or all members of my family, or my friend Ann who had the same goal, which evolved in much the same way.
Between Ann and I there are 7 kids - all of whom have several High Peaks under their belts as well. When we mapped out our goal for a hiking season, we usually searched the sources I listed above. However, most of the time, I felt like these resources were geared toward people who are much more fit or who do much more hiking. So I wanted to create a site for people like me, who have the desire and are willing, but who may not be sprinting up any peaks or setting any speed records. In fact, as we got closer to our goal and found the trips to be more challenging, we actually slowed down or planned our trips differently. In other words, we took several attempts to complete a range. Or we spread a trip into an overnight that many others would do in a day - but we're ok with that! We met some older gentlemen on a hike once that said they wanted to take the time to enjoy this journey and that became our philosophy.
These are the stories of my climbs, in the order in which they were completed. Maybe some of it will be helpful to others in planning their adventures in the Adirondacks.
Be safe and have fun!