Life’s ups and downs are nothing to Andrew Murphy of Canandaigua, who has spent the last three-plus years climbing the Adirondack Mountains’ 46 High Peaks with his father Bill.
“It’s truly the father-and-son experience of a lifetime,” said Bill. “We talk about everything. We have our own little jokes. We have our own little stories. Each mountain, we can tell you something funny that happened or something bad that happened.”
Their quest, completed last August, took three years and 14 days from start to finish. A couple of times, they climbed five mountains in one day, hiking about 18 miles over 12 hours or more.
Their feat was recognized during Memorial Day weekend at the Adirondack Forty-Sixers annual banquet, where certificates were handed out to all who completed their 46 High Peaks journey in 2017, with Andrew getting special recognition for being among the youngest as one of six 11-year-olds.
Now 12, the Canandaigua Middle School sixth-grader wanted to finish that last mountain late in summer 2017 so he could complete his goal while he was still 11.
Bill said about 500 people were at the banquet at the Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club in Lake Placid where Andrew received a lot of attention.