Thursday, March 13, 2014

Those Places Thursday (March 13, 2014) -- Mt. Colvin in the Adirondacks

Molly on Mt. Colvin (August 29, 1976)

John on Mt. Colvin (August 29, 1976)

I have written a few times about the importance of the Adirondacks in upstate New York to our family. After visits to the region in his youth and then years of fly fishing in the area while dropping off his daughter Kathy for her summer counselor job at Eagle Island Girl Scout Camp in Saranac Lake, Molly's father and mother bought a "camp" right on Lake Placid.  The family enjoyed at least three decades of regular visits to "Placid Place" in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. Molly and I spent our honeymoon at the camp, and later our sons learned to swim in the lake. When they were older, our sons and their cousins and friends attended several weeks of soccer camps at North Country School in Lake Placid. In many ways ours sons grew up with Lake Placid and the Adirondacks as a central part of their infancy through their early adulthood. We have all hiked, climbed, canoed, backpacked, and swum extensively in the region.  In August 1998 our immediate family embarked on a continuous backpacking trek of the entire 133-mile Northville-Lake Placid Trail.

There are forty-six peaks in the Adirondacks that are over 4,000 ft. elevation (above sea level) and a climbing fraternity known as the Adirondack Forty-Sixers or simply the "Forty-Sixers" exists for those who can establish that they have climbed all of them. In August 1976, during our honeymoon week, Molly and I climbed our first Forty-Sixer peak as shown above -- 4057 ft. Mt. Colvin.
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As a reminder, "camp" is the Adirondack term that elsewhere would be called a cottage or cabin.  If the camp is particularly old, large, and luxurious it is referred to in the Adirondacks as a "Great Camp" and is usually associated in some fashion with the rich and famous of days past.

Photographs from the personal collection of the author.
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Copyright 2014, John D. Tew
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