On the first weekend in October, students at St. Lawrence University
achieved something that hasn't been done since 1987: they
reached the summits of all 46 "high peaks" (those over 4,000
feet) of the Adirondack Mountains.
"Peak Weekend" is an annual event sponsored by the
University's Outing Club. The goal is to place students on all
46 of the high peaks of the Adirondacks at some point
during the weekend. The club is the only organization to
place individuals on all 46 high peaks during a single weekend.
The tradition began in the early 1980s and the goal has
only been achieved a handful of times since then. This year,
strong interest in participating and a weekend of warm,
dry weather assisted the over 350 students in reaching the
peaks. The last was reached just before midnight on
Sunday, October 1.
The broader goals of the event are to introduce students with
the nearby Adirondack region and with the activities of
the Outing Club, the oldest student organization at St. Lawrence,
in Canton, New York. Inexperienced students tackle the
"easier" climbs, while more expert students handle the tougher
ones. Altogether, some 53 mountains in the Adirondacks were climbed
by the students throughout the event.