In the best story about hiking today, Jerry Levine, 82, has hiked all 46 peaks over 4,000 feet in the Adirondack Mountains. On Saturday, Jerry climbed to the peak of Whiteface Mountain, and became the oldest person in history to have climbed all 46 mountains. In an excerpt from the Associated Press:
“It was a tough hike climbing, but I was determined to do it and I feel great right now,” Levine told the newspaper shortly after finishing. “If someone told me I had to do another leg, I’d still want to do it.”
Phil Corell, one of his hiking partners on Saturday and the treasurer of the 46ers organization that recognizes those who accomplish the feat, confirmed Levine was the oldest and told the newspaper he is “just an amazing man.”
Levine climbed with a group that included his sons, Gary and Peter, their wives and several grandchildren.
The group was met at the top of Whiteface by Levine’s wife Sondra and more than 100 supporters. The hike was a fundraiser for the Adirondack Scholarship Foundation, which provides funding for children to attend camps.
I hope I’m out there hiking when I’m 82. Congratulations Jerry on your achievement!
Photo Credit: AP