Everything I ever learned about hiking I learned from Jacki Bave. My first hike with Jacki was in 1998,
when we did a mid-October hike up Noonmark Mt. with her niece and nephew, and my daughter and niece,
all about 10 years old. I was totally unprepared for the several inches of snow that greeted us at the summit,
and had no hats or gloves for my kids! Jacki calmly pulled out extras from her pack and saved the day.
That was the beginning of 22 years of hiking with, and learning from, Jacki. She passed away at home early
on a Saturday morning, in a bed facing her lovely garden, after a courageous seven year battle with ovarian cancer.
Anybody who’s been a member of the Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club for a while knows
Jacki, as she is literally “club royalty”, having served on the Chapter Executive Committee for 31 years,
and serving as the Conservation Committee Chair from 1991-2015.
Her sister and favorite hiking partner, Barb, tells a funny story about when Jacki started to hike with a different
ADK chapter in the early 80’s. Jacki felt the Chapter had too many rigid rules and regimentation.
One day the Chapter did a combined hike with the Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter and they seemed super friendly
and laid back, so she asked, 'Can I join your chapter?' Jim Cooper, Tom Ellis, and Todd Earl remained friends
with Jacki and she had found her club. With many willing and able hiking part-ners, who joined her on these
adventures including Dan D’Angelico, John Schneider, Ron Lester, Melo-dy Hoffman, Maureen Laskey, Pat McCullough,
Neal Andrews, Cara Benson, Jim Schneider, Dickie Moore to name a few, she proceeded to complete both her Summer and Winter 46.
Jacki met her love and life parter, Dan Dolan at an ADK party on the Goodnow Flow. As they slid down a steep hill
on their Flexible Flyers onto the frozen lake, they felt a connection that led to their relationship shortly
thereafter. They hiked, snowshoed, cross country skied, canoe camped, and enjoyed an outdoor lifestyle for many
years. They took Luna (their yellow lab) on several canoe camping trips to both Algon-quin Park and Killarney,
two destinations in Ontario with splendid lakes to paddle.
With her sister Barb, she finished her Summer 46 in 1999, and her Winter 46 atop Cascade on a snowy, 20-below day
in January in 2004. Barb and Jacki are the first twin sisters to have completed the Winter 46, leading to their
mention in two books, “Women With Altitude : Challenging the Adirondack High Peaks in Winter” by Carol Stone White
and 'Heaven Up-h’istedness!:The History of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers and the High Peaks fo the Adirondacks.'
She then went on with Barb, Dan, and others to complete her NE 115 in June 2010 and her summer Catskill 35.
Jacki was an outings leader for many years, often with Barb, and they were famous for their yearly Halloween hikes
which often included one of them dressed up at the summit (like a gorilla, for instance), ready to jump out and
scare the group at the top! Crazy sign-in names for the trail register (E. Normous) were also part of the fun.
They loved to tell jokes and make up fun limericks or poems for people at celebrations.
During the last few months of her life, she hiked Cat Mt. on New Year’s Day and continued to take long walks in
the woods with Luna, Barb, Dan, and friends until a week before her death. She faced cancer and chemo with a
matter-of-fact determination and courageousness that was inspiring to witness.