NY man, 82, is oldest to hike all 46 High Peaks

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Posted: Aug 20, 2012 2:21 PM
NY man, 82, is oldest to hike all 46 High Peaks

WILMINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — Jerry Levine is now the oldest person to hike all of New York's 46 highest mountain peaks.

The membership organization that recognizes those who accomplish the feat says the 82-year-old from Cortlandt Manor in Westchester County became an Adirondack 46er after climbing Esther and Whiteface mountains Saturday.

Levine tells the Adirondack Daily Enterprise (http://bit.ly/PN0Exs) that it was tough to get up the peaks — Esther is 4,239-feet high while Whiteface, the Olympic ski mountain, is 4,867-feet high.

To become a "46er," a person must climb all of the 46 major Adirondack Mountain peaks. All but three are higher than 4,000 feet. Mount Marcy, at 5,344 feet, is the highest.

Levine climbed with a group that included his sons, Gary and Peter, their wives and several grandchildren. Friend Phil Corell, a 46er, also joined him.