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Saranac Lake launches new 6er program

Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau at the Scarface Mountain trailhead. The 3054-foot elevation mountain is one of the six mountains hikers must climb to become Saranac Lake 6ers.

Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau at the Scarface Mountain trailhead. The 3054-foot elevation mountain is one of the six mountains hikers must climb to become Saranac Lake 6ers. Photo by Shaun Kittle.

— At 3 p.m., Rabideau and others will gather at Berkeley Green, where hikers that day must start and finish, to await the new 6ers.

Mountains climbed prior to May 25 do not count.

“There’s a lot of talk on the street about how fast this will happen,” Rabideau said. “We’ve heard anywhere from 9 to 16 hours for the first 6er to come back.”

The first three people to complete the circuit will receive a wood spirit walking stick, hand carved by Rick Gonyea.

Those who don’t place in the top three are still encouraged to ring the 6er bell, located in the Berkeley Green bandshell, six times, a new 6er tradition.

An afternoon of events will also take place in the village throughout the day, including Adirondack Trivia with local guide Joe Hackett, live music by Inisheer, and a “Walk of Fame” induction for Herb Clark, who became the first Adirondack 46er in 1925.

There will also be a “Sixer Saturday Spring Shopping” spree.

Participating businesses will give customers a raffle ticket for every purchase they make.

The tickets must be brought to Berkeley Green between 3 to 6 p.m. to be entered into a drawing for one of six prizes, including a pair of round-trip tickets to Boston and an Adirondack chair.

The all-day 6er-celebration isn’t the only day aspiring 6ers can complete the mountains—it is just the beginning of what Rabideau said will become a long-standing activity in Saranac Lake.

“This is a program that will last indefinitely,” Rabideau said. “We anticipate that a lot of families and individuals will be doing this throughout the years.”

People seeking the coveted 6er patch can take days, weeks or years to climb the mountains, but those who complete them in less than 24 hours will become “Ultra 6ers.”

To obtain a patch, hikers must mail the following to the village of Saranac Lake - the date each of the six mountains were climbed, the time at the summit of the last mountain hiked, the applicants mailing and email address and a $5 fee for postage and handling.

The village will send each finisher an official member number and a 6er patch and sticker.

The $5 check should be made payable to the Village of Saranac Lake and sent, along with all other information, to: Village of Saranac Lake, Saranac Lake 6ers, 39 Main St., Saranac Lake, NY 12983

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warrenhenery 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Great initiative - sure to draw lots of people in the region. Of course, you already have quite a few people hiking in the Adirondacs... We in Europe here haven't caught on to "programs" like this... all we do is climb Mont Blanc and go home :) we don't get patches and badges... and the French staff at the hut below Mont Blanc are nowhere near as welcoming as you folks :) The shopping spree addition with local businesses is genuine. It's great to see mayors getting involved in this kind of stuff.

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