A sharp rise in hikers climbing some of the region’s highest mountains has lead to the degradation of natural resources and raises a variety of other issues.
By Tom Woodman In some circles the label peak bagger has a negative, almost sneering, connotation. The criticism is that these hikers are so intent on checking names off lists of mountain ascents that they overlook a deeper experience of being in nature. Spencer Morrissey concedes that at first he might have been a stereotypical peak bagger. But for decades now he has raised that pursuit to nearly epic levels. Not only does he linger to take in all he encounters, he records what he sees and is working to catalog the Adirondacks with unimaginable completeness. “I guess I’m a >>More