Early Saturday morning, September 24th, Senior Model Maker Tanner Gjersvig had just two peaks to go – Esther and Whiteface – to become an Adirondack 46er.
Chris, Peter, Andy, Tanner and Jon on the summit of Esther Mountain
First came Esther Mountain, named for Esther McComb who made the first recorded climb to the summit in 1839, at the age of 15. For the day’s climb, Tanner was joined by Design Director Jon Cammarata and Senior Design Director Andy Schweitzer, already certified 46ers, as well as Senior Design Director Chris Andrews, and Manager of Resource Planning Peter Quintana.
Next came Whiteface, Adirondack High Peak #46 for Tanner Gjersvig.
At the summit, Tanner was greeted by his wife, Senior Designer Kara Gjersvig, his parents and an aunt & uncle, who had driven all the way from Minnesota, and Kara’s parents who drove up from New Jersey. (Whiteface is unique among the Adirondack Peaks; the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway makes the mountain accessible to motorists, who can park and take a footpath or an elevator for the last 276 feet to the summit itself.)
Kara and Tanner on top of the world
For everyone, the views were amazing. “We couldn’t have asked for better weather,” said Jon Cammarata. “In the east, you could see Vermont, and in the north, all the way to Montreal.”
Distant High Peaks from the summit of Whiteface
Lake Placid from the summit of Whiteface
After the family celebration, Tanner hiked back down the mountain, in order to make his final climb official. Also of note, Chris Andrews has just one more peak to go – look out Phelps Mountain. In all, it was a great day for the Gjersvig family and for the ChaseDesign Adirondack High Peak Hiking Club.
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Photos by Jon Cammarata, including the banner photo, up top, of the Green Mountains of Vermont.