Last summer, Senior Design Director Chris Andrews was one mountain away from becoming in an Adirondack 46er – summiting all 46 of the Adirondacks High Peaks – but he waited until March of 2017 to make the crowning ascent.
On the calendar it was spring, but no one told Phelps Mountain, where winter conditions prevailed. Fortunately, although this was a winter hike, the air temperature was 36 degrees, with no wind, so the climbers were, happily, not risking hypothermia.
The climbing party included two certified 46ers, Design Director Jon Cammarata and Senior Model Maker Tanner Gjersvig, and Senior Designer Jonathan Fitch, who has 44 to his credit with just Blake Peak and Mount Colvin to go. Another notable climber was Monica Andrews, Chris’ daughter, notching her very first High Peak and coming along to celebrate her father’s accomplishment at the top of Phelps Mountain.
On his third trip up Phelps, Tanner documented the climb.
A tough spot, frozen and steep, that, in Jon Cammarata’s words, “required some caution.”
Hikers differ on what constitues the ideal food, but Chris notes, “We got tired of eating bird seed, energy bars and jelly beans on the trail.” So Chris’ wife, Diane, created hearty London Broil sandwiches that sustained the climbers throughout the weekend.
Atop Phelps Mountain, Chris celebrated with his daughter, Monica.
In the heart of the High Peaks, Phelps boasts some of the best views of the Adirondack park, weather permitting.
Upon returning, Chris signed the group in, made it official...
... and was met by his family, who toasted him with champagne.
Jon Cammarata and Tanner Gjersvig presented Chris with a plaque commemorating his 46 climbs...
...and celebrated at the Big Slide Brewery in Lake Placid with glasses raised to the mountains
Summing up the day, Chris added, “I would like to thank all his family and friends for all their support over the years. Especially my dear hiking mates from ChaseDesign. It has been such a pleasure to get to know my friends from work at a much deeper level, out of the office. I am very blessed to work at such a great company with such great people. You are the best!”