Virginia woman sets new Adirondack 46 High Peaks record

An athlete from Virginia has set a new women’s record for summitting all of the Adirondack 46 High Peaks. Alyssa Godesky finished her supported hike at the base of Giant Mountain a little after sunset on Thursday, clocking in at 3 days, 16 hours and 16 minutes.

Godesky began her journey at 4 am on Monday, August 17, 2020 near Tupper Lake. Over the next three and a half days, Godesky would cover 160 miles and more than 67,000 feet of elevation gain. She got just a few hours of sleep each night and took quick naps on the drive between trailheads. The “supported” type of hike she did meant she had a crew of 8 people who helped her refuel, travel, and gear up between trails.

Godesky said other hikers on the trail were incredibly supportive and encouraging, some of whom were aware of what she was trying to do. “I was totally surprised by that, and that was super, super fun. People would move to the side and be like, ‘keep going, keep going,'” Godesky added, which she said took her mind off of how badly her legs were hurting at times.

She said one of the toughest aspects wasn’t the hiking, but the weather. “I’m not a fan of being cold, so I had a couple of cold, wet mornings, which were probably the biggest mental struggles I had.”

Around 8 pm on Thursday at the base on Giant Mountain, Godesky stopped her GPS watch, clocking in at 3 days, 16 hours and 16 minutes. Godesky said her body is now in recovery mode. “Overall, I’m just super stoked and really happy.”

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