On September 17, 2020, Katie Rhodes and I completed an unsupported thru-hike of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks. To our knowledge, we are the first women to complete this feat in unsupported fashion. Meaning: We received no aid, food drops, or rides and simply walked from mountain to mountain under our own power. We covered the 183 miles with 65,000 feet of elevation gain in 7 days, 4 hours and 50 minutes.
Here are a few of my expedition favorites:
Favorite sunrise: Flowed Lands, Day 3
Sunset: South Dix, Day 6
Piece of gear: Goodr’s Sunglasses. Also had the best laugh at this picture.
Song: The Struts, Could Have Been Me
Food: Katie’s dehyrated meals, especially her Thanksgiving dinner.
Summit Photo: Iroquois, looking back at the ground we covered.
Advice: Life moves forward on a conveyor belt. Put one foot in front of the other and you’ll get there.
Spiritual Moment: Watching the clouds part on Panther.
Groupie Experience: Trio of young women on Giant. Katie and I approached the summit, heard screaming and one ran towards us, “Ahh!!! It’s them!”
Moment: Signing in at the trailhead on September 10th, looking at each other and saying, “Ready?”