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.

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