Yesterday afternoon at exactly 1:27 and 46 seconds, Kevin Q. finished climbing the 46 Highest Peaks of the Adirondacks! The newest Pok-O-MacCready 46-er was ushered to the summit of Colden, standing at 4,715 feet above sea level, by friends, fellow Intermediate section campers, and his brother (a recent 46er himself!) According to Kevin, the highlight of the day (apart from becoming a 46-er, of course!) was the baby food: "They took it easy on me....I was expecting something really horrible, but I got mashed pineapples...at least I think that's what that was!" (The baby-food component of the 46-er finish is a longstanding tradition unique to the Pok-O family....don't ask:long story!)
Upon submission of his membership paperwork to the office of the Historian of the 46'ers, Kevin will be added to the member roster; gaining a permanent recognition as an Adirondack 46er. This distinction is not awarded lightly. According to the Adirondack 46-ers: "The club is dedicated to environmental protection, to education for proper usage of wilderness areas." So, not only must one climb all 46 of the highest peaks of the Adirondacks to become part of the 46-er club, but one must also vow to be an ambassador of the mountains and a steward of the environment. It is a friendly reminder to all of us, that in each of our pursuits in the wilderness, we must take only photographs, and leave only footprints.