What You Need to Know
As a new climber, there are two ways for you to become involved with the Forty-Sixer organization.
- Register your climbs by contacting:
- You may also become an “Aspiring 46er” and receive our five yearly mailings (2 issues of Peeks magazine and our three newsletters – ONLY ONE REGISTATION PER HOUSEHOLD). Send $8 to:
1. How to Register with the Historian
To become an officially recorded Forty-Sixer, you must climb the 46 mountains listed on this page and you must report these climbs by letter (not e-mail and preferably typed) to the Historian of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers by writing to:
You can write to us at the beginning and/or anytime during your journey. We will start a personal climbing file for you. We will assign a correspondent who will record your climbs, acknowledge your reports at least once a year and answer your questions; a tradition established by our first Historian, Grace Hudowalski.
You can ask to join by reporting to us as soon as possible after you have finished climbing all of the 46 peaks. Your letter must at least include the name of the mountain that you finished on and the date and time (at the summit) of your finish. Please note that even when you choose Option Two we welcome your trip reports.
To guarantee a response, please do the following when you send in your climbing reports, regardless of the option you choose:
- Each person must send his or her own letter. Parents may write for small children.
- Tell us with whom you hiked, what you saw, how you felt and what the climb meant to you.
- Include your name at the top of the letter.
- Include your return address both on the envelope and in your letter.
- Include your phone number and e-mail address.
- Include the total number of peaks you have climbed in the upper right corner of your letter.
- Address your letter to your correspondent, both on the envelope and in the letter …if applicable.
- Write on one side of 8.5” x 11” paper.
- Sign and date your letter.
- Use no staples.
- Use only #10 business size envelopes. Larger ones do not fit in our post office box.
- You may include no more than two photos. We want to see what you look like. Identify pictures with names, places and dates. Print this lightly on the back in pencil so it will not come through when scanned. A post-it note would be better. Do not include pictures imbedded in your text. Do not include ink jet pictures on copy paper. Many pictures are used in our magazine PEEKS and must be of high quality for that purpose.
- Allow for long mail delays particularly if corresponding from Canada where it occasionally can take weeks for your reports to reach us and vice versa.
Keep in mind our teams of dedicated volunteers; do not write to us at the last minute! At some point you will be mailed registration forms consisting of a two-sided questionnaire and an official list of mountains (Dates of climbs required.). Please follow the instructions on the top of the questionnaire exactly as stated and return both forms promptly. Illegible, incomplete and incorrectly filled out forms will be returned for revision and correction. Following these instructions will eliminate extra and unnecessary work for you and the Forty-Sixer volunteers. You will be an officially recorded Adirondack Forty-Sixer only when you return them to The Office of the Historian. Once the Historian receives the correctly completed forms the finisher will be sent a letter of congratulations, merchandise order forms and a dues notice.
While we do record your climbing achievement, we do not advocate, collect or publicize records involving time, number of rounds climbed, age or any other arbitrary goal. We encourage you to climb for your personal satisfaction. The personal climbing files will then be delivered to the New York State Archives in Albany, NY.
About the January 15 deadline
Soon after the deadline the office will assign climbing numbers assigned in the order of finish for climbs completed by December 31 of the previous year. Consequently climbers mailing their completed forms past the January 15 deadline will have to wait for the following year to obtain a number and her/his certificate of accomplishment.
Sometime in February the new Forty-Sixers will receive a letter, with their assigned number, asking for any corrections of name and address and giving the date and place of the Forty-Sixer Spring meeting where certificates of accomplishment will be presented. For those not able to attend, certificates will be mailed. The meeting is usually held at the Crowne Plaza in Lake Placid on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. Details of the spring meeting will be sent to you in a newsletter. Included in the letter is a reservation form for the dinner. The dinner is approximately $25.00 per person.
How to become a registered Winter Forty-Sixer:
If you are already a registered Forty-Sixer (with or without a number), we are going to need from you at minimum a completed (official) List of Mountains. Ideally you should write to us before completing your quest so that you can be assigned a correspondent who will record your climbs, acknowledge your reports and send you a List of Mountains which you must mail to us as soon as you have reached your final peak.*
If you are not yet a registered Forty-Sixer and have climbed every one of the 46 for the very first time in winter (season December 21 to March 21 inclusive) then all of the instructions found in 1. How to Register with the Historian apply.*
* In either case please make sure we have your winter reports and forms (and one or two good quality photographs) by May 31 so that we can include some of your adventures in the Winter Boulder Report to be published in the fall edition of Peeks.
Questions? Contact the Historian’s Office, PO Box 9046, Schenectady, NY 12309-0046 or email Tony Solomon at: email@example.com.
2. How to Register as an Aspiring Forty-Sixer
(One registration per household or address!)
“Aspiring 46ers” receive Peeks Magazine twice a year and our three newsletters. Patches, decals, sweatshirts, hats, and other emblem items may NOT be purchased until you have finished your climbs and registered with the Historian’s Office. Send your $8 fee to:
Once you have completed your Forty-Six peaks and registered with the Historian’s Office your “Aspiring 46er” fee will be carried over to pay the initial membership dues for one household member.
Peeks Magazine is Available to Non-Climbers: Interested non-climbers may subscribe to Peeks magazine Download Peeks Order Form.
Questions on fees or your Aspiring status?
Contact Phil Corell, Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org.