Reaching new heights this past summer, senior Sadye Bobbette has successfully hiked 46 peaks in the Adirondacks. Bobbette has been attending YMCA Camp Chingachgook for the past 10 years. “ It’s (Camp Chingachgook) just like my home,” says Bobbette. “I've been going since I was 7 becuase my cousins used to go, so its been a family thing.”
Camp Chingachgook is an overnight camp located in the Adirondacks and offers several summer programs for anyone ages 7 and up.
This year, Bobbette tried something new and participated as a camper in the Adirondack 46er. It is a hard-core, five week backpacking trip where hikers climb the 46 High Peak mountains in the Adirondacks. Some of these mountains include Panther, Santanoni, Seward, Seymour, and Marcy.
Particpants of the Adirondack 46er must be at least 14 years old and pay a fee of around $4,000 plus the cost of neccesary equipment. Campers sleep outside, in tents and sleeping bags for the entire five weeks.
To prepare for the strenuous adventure in Camp Chingachgook, Bobbette ran and swam often for weeks prior. “We hiked about 9 or 10 miles a day,” says Bobbette. The hardest part of participating in the 46er was “the mental challenge of knowing how much you have to do the next day.”
After 46 hikes and a long five weeks, Bobbette describes the feeling of completion as “incredible.” “The most memorable hike was our final mountain,” says Bobbette. “ We did a sunrise hike and started climbing at 2 in the morning so we got to see the stars and watch the sunrise.”
Although the experience was challenging, Bobbette describes it as “powerful” and was left with “life-changing” memories and lessons as well. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was 12,” says Bobbette