The 46 of 46 Podcast

The 46 of 46 Podcast

A docu-series chronicling one local hiker’s adventures in the Adirondack Mountains including his complete ADK 46’er journey, along with Summit Session conversations, Adirondack Campfire Stories, and more!


November 18, 2022 61 min
As the hunting season is in full swing and snow is on the ground here in mid-November what better time to talk tracking deer in the ADK. My guest on the Summit Sessions this week is a lifelong hunter who is well beyond his years in his hunting experience and accomplishments and he's here to talk all about tracking deer in the Adirondacks. Get ready for ADK Deer Tracking 101!

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The October Sessions rolls on for one more week here with some spooky stories experienced by a listener of the podcast at her camp in Inlet. Inlet lies in the western part of the Adirondack Park and many places out there are without electricity so when the sun goes down it becomes "Adirondack Dark in the Adirondack Park". Grab some popcorn, dim the lights, and enjoy the show!

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The 3rd Annual October Sessions on The 46 of 46 Podcast rolls on! This week I'll be talking with North Creek-natives Adam and Jake from the Youtube channel, Blueline Bigfoot, all about Adirondack bigfoot encounters, UFO stories from inside the Park, floating balls of light, and more. There's definitely more than meets the eye here in this "dismal wilderness" known as the Adirondack Park.

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It's October and that means the October Sessions are BACK! What better way to kick it off than with another edition of the Bigfoot in the Blue Line series. This year I spoke with Dave who had a chilling face-to-face encounter while camping in the Tupper Lake region with a creature that can only be described at a sasquatch. Dave joins me to tell the entire story start to finish!

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In the summer of 2022, 4-year old Thea McElwaine became the youngest Adirondack 46'er in history! A journey she began at just under 3 years old with her dad climbing Cascade and Porter back in 2020. An absolutely incredible story. Her dad, Colt McElwaine, joins me to discuss their journey to 46, how it began, how it went, and how to get young kids outdoors. A must listen to parents or people in search of inspiration. Tune in to...
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The Adirondack Canoe Classic, also known as the "The 90-Miler", is a 90 mile canoe race over three days every September here in the ADK. It's been going on for over 30 years and this week I have first-timer Nick Hall to talk about his experience paddling all 90 miles. Nick takes us through the journey, day by day, start to finish. The miles, the views, the ups, the downs, the lessons learned, and so much more.

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September 9, 2022 45 min
In this episode of the Summit Sessions we will finally will hear from the man behind the ADK Fun Police instagram page! A discussion about Adirondack conservation, outdoor education, permits and more!
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September 2, 2022 45 min
In the most epic rematch of the century, I will finally return to battle my arch nemesis, Cliff Mountain.

The first time I climbed Cliff and Redfield I spontaneously added them to my day while standing atop of Mt Marcy and lets just say it made an already long day a really, really long day totaling 17 hours, roughly 8k' gain, and 26 miles. Due to that my feelings on the mud-pit known as Cliff Mountain that day, my opinion may be...
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In this special solo-episode I unload all of my thoughts regarding the hiking challenges that make up the Adirondack hiking and outdoors culture. Are they a good thing? Are they a bad thing? As someone who runs one of these challenges I see a lot of the behind-the-scenes so in light of the potential changes regarding the Saranac Lake 6'er I felt it was a good time to share some insight.

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Is there a better place to enjoy a summer vacation than the Adirondacks? I don't think there is. So instead of traveling for our vacation this summer we decided to pack up the kids and the car and venture all around the Blue Line and explore our own home here in the ADK in a whole new way. A classic "Staycation".

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In this Summit Session Jay Wojcik from the Dax Woods Wanderer Youtube channel came on to chat about his recent 10-day canoeing and fishing expedition in the St Regis canoe area of the Adirondacks complete with snow storms, trout, Easter dinner, multi-mile portages, and strange experiences.

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This episode is for all my fellow history lovers! Coming back this week is former podcast guest and fan-favorite, author Erik Schlimmer, who gives us a full history lesson of the first settlers to move to our beloved Adirondack Park circa 1700's. If you think it's tough living up here now, imagine it in the early 1700's!

Be on the lookout this autumn for new books from Erik with this information and much, much more.
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In this first episode of my new "Adirondack Pioneers" series here on The 46 of 46 Podcast I tell the story of historic and iconic Adirondack Guide Orson "Old Mountain" Phelps. Old Mountain Phelps lived in Keene Valley, cut the first trail up his beloved Mt Marcy, and found fame as an iconic figure from the Adirondack Wilderness in the 1800's.

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The Adirondack Park is truly an outdoors lover's paradise and there's so much more to this 6-million acre playground than just climbing mountains. Doug Haney from Bike Adirondacks stopped by the studio to talk all about the amazing things his organization is doing for the mountain biking and cycling community in the ADK. I have said it many times, the mountain biking opportunities in the ADK is the best kept outdoors secret...
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In this Summit Session episode of The 46 of 46 Podcast I speak with Billy Rudd to hear about the healing journey the Adirondack High Peaks took him through during his Single Season Winter 46. A great conversation about winter hiking, and the healing powers these mountains possess.

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Jonathan Zaharek stops by once again to catch up on his current quest to be the first recorded person to complete every marked trail in the winter in High Peaks, known as Red Lining. A great way to explore new areas and familiar areas in new ways. We talk all about his camping in -28 degree temperatures, backcountry skiing, and more!

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Part 2 of this incredible story of Matt Mochella setting the new unsupported FKT of the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks takes us through days 3, 4, and 5. A lot of miles, only a few hours of sleep, hallucinations, and more miles. Here we go!

If you missed Part 1, go back and listen to the previous episode and then come back for the conclusion. Unless you want to listen in reverse order on purpose. In that case, Party on, Wayne.

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This week's Summit Session is a 2-part episode because we had to hear the story in its entirety and thats how the cookie crumbled. In summer 2021 Matt Mochella set a brand new Unsupported FKT (Fastest Known Time) of the 46 High Peaks in just under five days, breaking the previous record by more than 24-hours! An amazing story of determination and grit. In part 1 Matt breaks down his planning, gear, food, and takes us through th...
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Happy New Year! I hope you all survived the vortex as we entered into a new year here on planet earth. Welcome to the second annual New Year's Session here on The 46 of 46 Podcast. On this episode I will go back to the start of the year and recap each and every episode and guest and offer some fun facts and behind-the-scenes information about the episode. This is a good way to let you know what episode you may have missed and s...
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In this episode of The 46 of 46 Podcast I'll tell the story about the notorious plane crash of 1969 in Cold Brook Pass, nestled in the MacIntyre Range between Mt Marshall and Iroquois. Like many Adirondack plane crash sites this plane is still there and is often visited by high peaks hikers. Hear the entire story today from the crash, to the pilot, to the heroic search and rescue efforts of the Adirondack Forest Rangers and the...
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