K&J – Herb Clark, Adk 46er #1

K&J – RE-AIR – 052813 – Herb Clark Remembered – 46er Number One

Herb ClarkRecently, Heb Clark was honored by the Adirondack Mountain Club for his achievements in becoming the first person to hike the 46 high peaks about 4,000 feet in the Adirondacks. This K&J show originally aired in May of 2013 following the presentation of a new headstone at his grave site to honor the accomplishment.

The first 46ers were brothers Robert and George Marshall and their guide and family friend Herbert Clark. The Marshalls thought up the idea after spending much of their childhood in the region and examining the collection of Verplank Colvin maps owned by their father, Louis Marshall. They devised criteria for the high peaks they would climb, choosing any summit that was more than 4,000 feet above sea level in elevation with at least 300 feet of vertical rise on all sides and separated from the next closest summit by 0.75 mile.  At the time that they undertook this goal, there were no trails up many of the peaks, making this a particularly formidable accomplishment. The trio first climbed Whiteface on 8/1/18 and finished the 46 with Mount Emmons on 6/10/25. One of the peaks, Mount Marshall in the Macintyre Range has since been named in honor of Bob, and the brook that is the most popular approach has been named after their guide Herbert Clark.

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