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Film to tell of pioneering woman

Hudowalski documentary to be shown in Schroon Lake

“The Mountains Will Wait For You” is the story of Grace Hudowalski, the first woman to scale all 46 high peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. She was a founder, as well as the historian and matriarch, of a group of mountain climbers known as the Adirondack 46ers.

“The Mountains Will Wait For You” is the story of Grace Hudowalski, the first woman to scale all 46 high peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. She was a founder, as well as the historian and matriarch, of a group of mountain climbers known as the Adirondack 46ers.

— A Ticonderoga native and Schroon Lake resident will be the focus of a documentary film to be shown locally.

“The Mountains Will Wait For You” will be screened at the Strand Theatre on Main Street in Schroon Lake Friday, Aug. 30, and Sunday, Sept. 1. Both showings will be at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and children.

“The Mountains Will Wait For You” is the story of Grace Hudowalski, the first woman to scale all 46 high peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. She was a founder, as well as the historian and matriarch, of a group of mountain climbers known as the Adirondack 46ers. Today, the group numbers around 8,000.

Hudowalski was born in Ticonderoga and had a camp on the East Shore of Schroon Lake.

The film was made in 1993 when Hudowalski was 87 years old. Much of it was filmed at her Schroon Lake camp.

During the documentary Hudowalski reminisces about her earliest climbs as a teen-age girl in the 1920s, a time when young women largely didn’t pursue such activities. She explains her intense love of mountain climbing, the formation of the 46ers and shares her great pearls of life’s wisdom.

“When the documentary was filmed, aspiring 46ers were not only required to climb all 46 high peaks over 4,000 feet in elevation, but they also had to report their climbs directly to Grace,” said Fred Schwoebel, who produced and directed the film. “This meant that every climber was expected to write to Grace a letter after each summit, telling her about the experience: what they saw, what insights they gleaned from the mountains, and what the climb meant to them on a deeper level.

“And Grace responded to every letter in kind,” he continued. “Over the years, she wrote thousands of inspiring personal letters to climbers as they made their way to becoming bona fide 46ers.”

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