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AllOtsego people: Father-son climbing duo to take on Denali

AllOtsego people

Father-son climbing
duo to take on Denali

By GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Father and son climbing team of Tim and Henry Horvath are on the go again, trying to conquer Denali Mountain in Alaska during June.

The father-son team left for Alaska on Monday, June 7.

“It was kind of my idea,” said Henry, 16, who just completed his sophomore year at Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts.

“Kind of? I’ve done this before. I didn’t need to do it again,” Tim said, laughing.

“OK, it was my idea,” Henry said.

They were scheduled to fly to Anchorage, then travel to Talkeentna, about 80 miles away, where they can shuttle to the glacial trek of the highest mountain in the United States, at about 20,000 feet.

With about 40 pounds of gear, including two weeks of food, the Horvaths will attempt to summit Denali.

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Establish Adirondack Record

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Henry Horvath, 15, in a “tree tunnel” that marked most of the 142-mile trek.

The first three days on the 142-mile Northville-Placid Trail, “we had a nice crust,” said Henry Horvath, 15. “We made good time snowshoeing, and sometimes didn’t even need snowshoes.”

Day Four, “it warmed up. The crust was almost gone. We had two days of post-holing – stepping on snow and going down deep into snow. Even with snow shoes, we’d sink 6-7 inches.”

Until then, Horvath and his father, Tim, 50, had been hiking three miles an hour on roadway, two miles off-road – averaging 17.25 miles a day. That day, “it took five and a half hours to go eight and a half miles,” the son said, about half their best time.

But they soldiered on, the weather cooled, and on March 15, 2021, they completed the “unsupported” trek in 7 days, 9 hours, no minutes and no seconds, the first team to have recorded the accomplishment on FKT.com – for “fastest known times,” an international record-keeping site.

“Unsupported” means the Horvaths carried in lean provisions in 20-pound packs, including just two pairs of socks each – they slept in wet socks overnight, drying them with their body heat.

“They did something really amazing,” said Bethany Garretson, the Cherry Valley native, now a hiking enthusiast, an outdoor writer, a Paul Smiths College professor and a friend of the Horvaths.

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