“The Mountain Will Wait for You” tells the story of Grace Hudowalski, the first woman to scale all of the 46 high peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. She was the founder of the mountaineering group the Adirondack 46ers, which now has more than 8,000 members.
The documentary, which took 20 years to make, will debut at 7 p.m., Sunday, April 13 at The Flicks, 646 W. Fulton St. Tickets are $9 apiece and will be available at the door, or ahead of time at The Flicks box office. The film is suitable for viewers of all ages
A question-and-answer session with producer Fred Schwoebel and local Boise documentary editor, Lori Regan, will follow the film.
The documentary was filmed in 1993 when Hudowalski was 87. She reminisces about her earliest climbs as a teenager in the 1920s, a time when there were few women pursuing mountain ascents.
“It’s important to preserve Grace’s legacy as an example – carrying on the good works of conservation and stewardship,” said Fred Schwoebel producer/director of the documentary, “not only for the Adirondacks, but for any mountain range or wilderness area. Grace inspired so many through what she called ‘the sheer joy of climbing.’”
Just over 20 years ago, Schwoebel enlisted the talents of Johnny Cash to narrate the piece.
Boise editor Lori Regan shared another interesting story about the film. A group of people in New York founded the Grace Peak Committee with the mission to rename East Dix, an Adirondack peak, to Grace Peak in honor of Hudowalski. The Grace Peak Committee has been using the documentary as a tool to educate government agencies and local interest groups about this alpine pioneer.
“East Dix Mountain will likely be re-named Grace Peak, largely due to the circulation of this documentary,” said Regan.
Pictured here: Hudowalski in her prime climbing years.