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February 22, 2014

Grace Peak gets closer

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ELIZABETHTOWN —

Weber believes people who knew about Hudowalski’s efforts or corresponded with her will visit the museum to view the exhibit.

EXPERIENCED CLIMBER

Hudowalski was born in Ticonderoga and raised in Minerva.

She was travel promotion supervisor for the New York State Department of Commerce from 1948 until her retirement in 1961.

The first woman to climb the 46 Adirondack Mountains higher than 4,000 feet in elevation, she was also the ninth person in all to do so.

She made her first ascent of Mt. Marcy, the state’s highest peak, on Aug. 2, 1922, and completed her climbs of the 46 High Peaks at Mt. Esther on Aug. 26, 1937.

She was a founding member of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers Inc. and organized its first meeting on May 30, 1948.

The club’s first president, she served from 1948 to 1951. Hudowalski was also the club’s historian, a position she held until her death.

As historian, Hudowalski established a ledger system to monitor the progress of hikers seeking membership in the Adirondack 46ers.

She maintained personal correspondence with each climber, writing thousands of letters each year to the more than 5,000 hikers who climbed the 46 High Peaks, Weber said.

If approved, Grace Peak would be only the second High Peak named for a woman. The other is Esther Mountain in Wilmington, named for Esther McComb, the first recorded person to climb it, in 1839.

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