The Adirondack Forty-Sixers, by Grace L. Hudowalski, Edward A. Harmes, Katherine T. Flickinger, Peter A. Ward, and Orville C. Gowie, with Preface by Rudolph W. Strobel and Introduction by David H. Beetle. Published by the Adirondack Forty-Sixers. Albany, New York: The Peters Print, 1958. 147 pages, including index, 23 ills. Price $6.50. This little book, published in a limited edition of 400 copies, is a history of the organization known as the Forty-Sixers, a group of those who have climbed all forty-six peaks in the Adirondacks over 4000 feet in height. The major portion of the book is a description of each of these peaks with interesting anecdotes about the naming or other pertinent details of the mountain. For the non-peak-bagger this is perhaps the most interesting section as it contains much material not found in the guidebook. Some of the terms which are used by Adirondack climbers will interest the surveyor of the American language, for they are not to be found elsewhere, even a few miles away.
Although the book does contain the roll of those who have completed the forty-six ascents, it should not be considered a paean for a mutual admiration society, for all together it contains much sound and valuable information. Adirondack climbers will certainly want it for their library, and others will obtain a new insight into the delights to be found in the eastern mountains.
Kenneth A. Henderson