On Sunday, June 25, Spencer Morrissey reached a major milestone in his hiking career: he climbed his thousandth Adirondack peak.
“It was kind of a sigh of relief,” Morrissey said. “It was kind of surreal, because I didn’t ever really think I’d get to this point.”
Morrissey chose Peaked Mountain near North Creek for his thousandth peak. He picked the mountain because it has a trail to the summit, which would make it easier for people to join him. Eleven people did.
Morrissey’s goal is to hike all of the Adirondacks mountains that are open to the public, or that he’s allowed to do through permission of the landowners. He’s counted 1,817 possible peaks. He’s not aware of anyone who has hiked 1,000 peaks, let alone all of them.
“Of the 817 I have left, a lot of those are private property,” he said. “My goal is essentially (to hike) all of those that are open to the public and get as many of the private peaks as I can through permission.”
Read more about Morrissey’s adventures at the Adirondack Explorer website.
Photo of Spencer Morrissey by Mike Lynch