Become a �62er  

American hikers are goal driven. It�s evident in the thousands each year who start a trek on the Appalachian Trail with the intent of walking 2,200 miles to a mountaintop in Maine. It�s evident in the 1,600 people attempting to reach the highest point of each state in the US�members of the Highpointers Club. And, in the hundreds of people who have become 46ers by hiking the 46 highest peaks in New York State�s Adirondack Mountains.

Now there�s a new quest available for the goal driven hiker�become a 62er by hiking to the highest point in each county of New York State. To date the New York County Summit Club has only its charter member. Gary Fallesen, the outdoor writer for Rochester�s Democrat and Chronicle newspaper, earned his Summit Club patch and wants to recruit others to join his quest. His guidebook Peak Experiences �Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County (published by Footprint Press, shows would-be 62ers how.

�More than simply a guidebook to the highest point in each county of New York State, Peak Experiences is a roadmap for learning about the geography, and geology of the state as well as touching on some contemporary environmental issues. It takes readers and explorers on a journey from a street corner in one of the most densely populated and built-up cityscapes in the world to a bushwhack through some of the wildest and most remote terrain found in the rugged Adirondack Park. Written by someone who has thoroughly researched the topic, and taken the time to fully appreciate each of the places he has visited, this book helps communicate the diversity of the land and the wildlife, as well as the people found within the boundaries of New York State.� says Carl Heilman II, a licensed New York State guide, nature photographer, and author.

Or, as outdoor writer Terry Krautwurst said, �Gary Fallesen's Peak Experiences is an excellent, comprehensive guide, full of solid outdoor-skills advice, detailed how-to-get-there information, and interesting local lore. But it's also more than just a hiking guidebook�it's a quest. Those who read it are likely to find themselves among the summit-obsessed, traveling trails and back roads in search of one county high spot after another. What a great way to discover New York!�  

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