Board delays renaming peak for Forty-Sixer icon

A proposal to change the name of East Dix Mountain to Grace Peak in honor of legendary Adirondack 46er Grace Hudowalski will take at least another month.

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names met Thursday in Reston, Va., but the Grace Peak proposal wasn’t on its agenda, as had been rumored in social media outlets.

“The New York state board wanted us to hold off on that maybe until next month,” said Lou Yost, executive secretary of the U.S. Board of Geographic Names.

He said the New York Committee on Geographic Names is still gathering information about the proposal.

The proposal to make the name change was submitted by the Adirondack Forty-Sixers. Hudowalski, who died in 2004 at age 98, was a longtime historian for the Forty-Sixers. She was also the ninth person and first woman to climb all 46 Adirondack High Peaks.

She became well known for her role in recording 46ers as the historian. She personally wrote more than 50,000 letters to hikers who were working on climbing the High Peaks. For years, aspiring hikers recorded their hikes with journal entries and mailed them to the Forty-Sixers.

The mountain that would bear her name is located in the Dix Mountain Range in North Hudson in Essex County. The range includes Dix Mountain, East Dix and South Dix. Many hikers already refer to East Dix as Grace Peak.

The proposal to change the name of mountain has received letters of support from the Adirondack Mountain Club, several clubs and organizations and 46 individuals.

The proposal has been paired with a push to change the name of South Dix to Carson Peak in honor of Russell Carson, who was a mountain climber, author, wilderness guide and early president of the Adirondack Mountain Club. That proposal by the Forty-Sixers is still about six months away from being considered by the board, Yost said.