July 1, 2002 Most hikers take years to become Adirondack 46ers; Ted Keizer, better known amongst his friends as Cave Dog, took just under four days to accomplish the feat.
"There was mud all along the way, but the last two days it got to be a swamp. The trail on Ester [Cave Dog's 45th peak] was legendary. At one point my left leg was sunk to mid-calf and the mud on my right leg was just below the knee. I would reach down and pry my leg up and put it down, and it would sink to the knee again."
With this quest behind him, the 1994 Brown University graduate and student body president plans to return to his car and continue life as a self-titled bum ("I'm a bum because I live by my own terms," says Cave Dog).
As for his next record, Cave Dog, plans to take a few weeks of much needed R&R before setting his sights. "I've thought about challenging the Catskills thirty-five record (thirty-five peaks over 3500 feet) of four days, ten hours, 24 minutes...that's still just a maybe, my body has to recover before I can make that decision."