I began hiking more than 35 years ago in western Manitoba and northwest Ontario where there were no trail systems. We had to make do with map and compass, which we learned by doing. I spent a number of years in the Canadian Rockies where I hiked the trails relentlessly and scrambled many trail-less summits.
After settling definitively in Montreal my wife Sylvie and I started a family and I entered into private chiropractic practice. I discovered the Adirondacks in 2004 and more or less hit the ground running. After completing the 46 peaks I went on to ascend 46 more during two consecutive winter seasons. To date I have bushwhacked 125 different peaks including all of the 46 high peaks and have climbed dozens of slides.
Project 46 embodies two accomplishments that give me great satisfaction, which are the founding of the ADK High Peaks Foundation and the administration of two Adirondack oriented forums on the Internet. Through these organisations my hiking experience and that of hundreds of fellow hikers has changed from an individual activity to one that is socially oriented. Project 46 enables me to give something back to these important entities, which in turn give back to the Adirondacks.