A lot of the information on this site has been adapted from Russell M.L. Carson’s Peaks and People of the Adirondacks. Published in 1927 by Doubleday, this book is the first to explore the history of each of the forty-six High Peaks. Carson delves into the etymological origins and the climbing history of every peak, discussing the dates and the names of the individuals who first ascended these mountains. While nearly every one of these entries have been influenced by this publication, for redundancy’s sake, I have not included a citation of it on every page.
I complimented a lot of Carson’s information with Heaven Up-H’isted-Ness, a book the Adirondack 46ers published in 2011 describing the history of the High Peaks. This helped clear up some naming discrepancies and provided more up-to-date information on each peak.
For information on trails and geography, I used my 14th edition Trails of the Adirondack High Peaks map, published by the Adirondack Mountain Club in 2015. I supplemented this information with knowledge I’ve acquired from my personal experiences in the High Peaks, conversations I’ve had with fellow hikers, articles from the Adirondack Almanac and the Adirondack Explorer, and the tourism site Adirondack.net.
I also relied on several sources that allowed me to delve deeper into the history of the people these High Peaks were named after. Two particularly helpful sources included Alfred Donaldson’s A History of the Adirondacks and the National Governor’s Association website. The Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies provided me with two relevant articles on the physical features of several mountains and the origins of the Forty-Six High Peaks as a hiking challenge.
All of the photos on this site were taken by me on various hiking trips in the Adirondacks. As an aspiring 46er who has climbed twenty-five of these amazing peaks, I hope these photos speak to the beauty and sublimity of the Adirondack Mountains. Every one of these peaks, from the ones I have summited to the ones I have only admired from a distance, has a special place in my heart.
The cover photo of this website depicts the Upper Great Range from Pyramid Peak- a 4,550-foot mountain between Sawteeth and Gothics that isn’t considered a High Peak because it’s too close to Gothics. Regardless, I think Pyramid has some the best (if not, the best) views in Adirondack Park.
A complete list of sources can be found under the last tab on the left.