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The NJ1K Club would like to congratulate George Grzyb of Little Falls for becoming the ninth finisher, completing the list on August 19th! Being an avid geocacher, as well as a summer and winter Catskills 3500 Club member and AMC NH 4000 finisher, George found out about the NJ1K list through a fellow geocacher and often combined peakbagging with geocaching. As a lifelong resident of New Jersey but relatively recent hiking convert, George took pride in the fact that New Jersey did in fact have something to offer in the way of hiking and peakbagging. Though not as dramatic or vertically impressive as New England or New York's array of peakbagging lists, George approached the NJ1K list with equal challenge, often combining peakbagging with geocaching into epic, all-day marathon hikes.
George's favorite peak was Bearfort Lookout in the tranquil and often overlooked region of the Newark watershed. Many of the trails in the Newark watershed are maintained by the NJSAR and, being a SAR candidate, George had the opportunity to do trail work in the area, wielding chainsaws and even having the chance to ride down from the summit in a 4x4.
George's least favorite peak was Mount Stockholm due to the fact that he reached the wrong peak before actually summiting the right one (hey, it happened to NJ1K's founders on what was supposed to be Mount Oxford).
As for how George felt when completing the list, he didn't have much time to reflect on journeys of days yore or ponder the pricker-packed peaks. On George's final NJ1K conquest, an epic dayhike of the Kittatinney Ridge, he and his hiking partner became separated. George finished on Mount Paradise but daylight turned into darkness before the two hikers managed to reunite in the early morning hours.
The NJ1K Club would like to thank George for his dedication to the list, for taking it on with epic style and for proving that challenges do indeed exist in the humble hills of the Garden State.#8: Brian Lubbert Completes List!
NJ1K Congratulates Brian Lubbert for finishing his NJ1K round!
Brian first heard about NJ1K from Catskill 3500 Club activities. As Brian was completing his Catskill 35 he and his friends debated what the next challenge would be and someone suggested that Brian consider New Jersey’s very own peakbagging club. At first Brian suspected that all or most of New Jersey’s highest mountains would have houses on them (alas, some do) and put aside any attempt at a NJ1K quest.
Months passed and Brian met George Grzyb (another NJ1K aspirant) at a geocaching event, who rekindled Brian’s local peakbagging ambition. Brian crossed of the 25 peaks he had already climbed and commenced a sprint in June/July 2012 to complete the 27 he had not yet climbed.
“I have to say I have many favorite NJ1K peaks. I really love the peaks that require a hiking permit from the Newark watershed folks. The trails are always quiet, largely moss covered, and provide great opportunities to see bears! The three peaks of the Bearfort range provide some of the quietest locations to hike and geology that is thought-provoking and views, solitude and surprises that are stunning. The Kittatiny's are extremely enjoyable. The first NJ mountain I ever saw was Mount Tammany. I first saw Mount Tammany as a visitor to New Jersey in 1992 and had no plans to hike the peak, little did I know 20 years later I would finish this quest hiking to the fire tower on Catfish and hiking to Mount Paradise by way of the falls was very rewarding. I also liked working with the nice folks at West Hudson Farms to gain access to Wright Pond Cliffs and Westby Ridge. The entire process was easy and the administrators of the land and the farmers are very accommodating. I also saw the largest buck I had ever seen while making the journey to the peaks. I also found by approach up Jennings to be rewarding too.”
Like a few other peakbaggers, Brian hated Upper Pohatcong, but unlike many of us he enjoyed the walk up Cobb Hill.
#7, Anthony Lipovsky Finishes in Record Time!
The NJ1K Club would like to send its congratulations to Anthony Lipovsky for being the 7th NJ1K finisher, as well as beating Hayley Rosado’s speed record, completing the list on April 2nd, in 5 months and 15 days!
Anthony discovered the club website while surfing the net and began working on the list as a way to break the monotony of rehab while recovering from his second ACL surgery. According to Anthony, “being an all around outdoorsman I had to get outside despite the upcoming winter.” As for his motivation for finishing the list in record time Anthony wrote, “being an Assistant Superintendent at a golf course my spring and summers are very hectic. After a while I noticed my pace was pretty fast and got the itch to finish before Hayley's impressive 6 month record.” He also attributes the mild winter to his focus on working so aggressively on the list through the winter months, admitting, “had it snowed a lot, I would have been skiing more, hiking less.”
As for Anthony’s favorites, overall on the list is Paradise Mountain while Hasenclever Hill and Kanouse Mountain are among his top choices for physical challenge, opting for the steep summit push on Hasenclever and going straight up the rocks on Kanouse. Windbeam makes honorable mention except for the fact that the weather was less than favorable on the chilly, windy and overcast day he bagged the peak.
Among Anthony’s least favorites are the usual suspects: Cobb Hill, for its boring summit walk, and Upper Pohatcong for its access issues. Other least favorites include Hamburg Mountain for its claustrophobically dense brush and Bald Mountain, due to the fact that combining it with Hasenclever Hill made for a long day. Quoting from his trip report Anthony wrote, “not sure if I was tired or the weather was getting to me but the hike wasn't as enjoyable as most other NJ1K mountains.”
When finishing the list, Anothony felt relieved as well as eager to get back to some other activities and take on new adventures. The physical challenge of working on the list, he says, was enjoyable and, “will probably continue hitting the list again.”
Another thank you to Anthony for his dedication and a congrats for finishing the list in record time. We hope you continue enjoying some of New Jersey’s lesser known peaks and wish you luck with your future adventures!Brom Vermeulen: #6
The NJ1K Club would like to congratulate Brom Vermeulen of Lebanon Township on finishing the list on March 18th, 2012! A veteran hiker and member of the NY-NJ Trail Conference and the ADK, Brom began working on the NJ1K list after reading the May 2010 Trail Walker's article on the club. When Brom began working on the list, he was set on finishing in the top 10.
Brom's favorite mountain on the list is Sunrise Mountain, not because the hike was particularly special, but because his wife, Maryann, was with him. Some other favorites include the Bergen County peaks, as well as Hamburg Mountain High Point, which he "enjoyed just for its weirdness."
Among Brom's least favorites were Cobb Hill and Mount Gerard, while Upper Pohatcong Mountain topped his list for "all around unpleasantness. The only thing good about it was that it is only 15 minutes from home."
As for his finish, Brom chose High Point and again had Maryann with him. Peakbaggers' final peaks always evoke a mix of emotions and according to Brom, "it felt good to reach the monument, but it was a little sad too. It's taken me almost 2 years, and now it's done. Maybe I'll start over."
Again, congratulations to Brom for his accomplishment. Whether or not he decides to start the list over again, we wish him the best of luck with all of his future hiking endeavors!Hayley Rosado: 1st Woman, Fastest Finisher, 5th Overall
The New Jersey 1K Club would like to congratulate Hayley Rosado of Montclair for being the first woman to complete the list! Hayley also holds the record for the fastest finish. Hayley officially began her quest in April of 2010 in the Southern Ramapos before aggressively tackling the rest through the months of May and June. Her plan was to finish on High Point before leaving for a summer trail crew job in Colorado. Unfortunately, after a long day of bagging Waywayanda Mountain and Sunrise Mountain, her plan was foiled when she arrived at High Point State Park just as it was closing. The next day, Hayley was on the plane to Colorado and her finish would have to wait for her return to New Jersey in October. Hayley finished the list on October 10th, six months and nine days after she began.
Hayley decided to work on the list in order to learn more about New Jersey's outdoors. She hiked most of the mountains solo, exploring the deep woods on her own. Like many peakbaggers, Hayley kept herself motivated by the fact that maybe the next mountain "would be interesting and have an awesome view."
Hayley's favorite mountain was Drag Hill (perhaps because the pipeline offers a view!), while Green Pond Mountain was her favorite "hike" because she approached the ridge from the east via its sheer cliffs. Oxford Mountain was her least favorite because of the summertime brier thickets.
When asked how she felt after completing the list, she said that she felt "disappointed that I hadn't done High Point sooner, because it was so pitiful...I think I would have been more proud before I left for Colorado because it seemed like kind of a long undertaking then. It was sort of time consuming and took effort in some respect; and then I went to live in the wilderness and New Jersey didn't seem that challenging as a state anymore. More like cute." Though Hayley says that even if New Jersey isn't all that challenging, she admits that she still probably couldn't find her way to the top of a New Jersey high peak without a map.Ralph Bressler, #4
NJ1K congratulates Ralph Bressler of Livingston Manor, New York (that’s the Catskills!) for becoming the fourth person to complete the NJ1K list. Ralph, a teacher and 3,500 Club Member, started NJ1K in the summer of 2009 with a few Kittitinny Peaks and completed the Garden State Grand Slam a year later in the southern Highlands. Though she didn’t climb every mountain on the list, Ralph’s dog Sheba gets some credit for becoming the first canine to reach near-completion status.
As a Catskillian with great peaks like Slide, Panther, and Balsam in his backyard, Ralph had not hiked much in New Jersey prior to NJ1K. He had done Tammany, Paradise, and the whole Kittitinny Ridge before NJ1K came along, but he “hadn’t even realized those were in New Jersey and not Pennsylvania,” he admits, “but I am much better informed now thanks to [the Club].”
Ralph said that the Bearfort Ridge peaks were favorites, along with the Kittitinnies. The Ramapo Peaks, four of which Mr. Bressler did in one day, were the most challenging.
Again, the Club congratulates Ralph on his accomplishment and thanks him for his support.
July 2010, Jeffrey Bennett
Westby Ridge, Wright Pond Cliffs Hike
Join NJ1K at 12:15, June 5th for a rare opportunity to climb Westby Ridge and Wright Pond Cliffs. These two mountains are on the property of a hunting club and are normally closed to the public but we have received permission to climb for this spring day.
Of the two mountains Wright Pond Cliffs has extremely impressive views of Wright Pond and the mountainous landscape of Byram, New Jersey. The total hike will be 4.5 miles and only moderate in difficulty. We will stay on woods roads as much as we can.
The meeting location is:
Please contact me at jsbennett70 at yahoo dot com for more information. Update: Ramapo Threesome Hike Postponed Until May 9th
Hit three of the Bergen County Peaks! About 5 miles of hiking along trails, woods roads and of course bushwhacking! Meet at Ramapo Valley Reservation Parking lot. Look for the Light Blue Acura MDX w/ "Hiker16" license plate. Moderate to Stressful hike. We should be done by 3PM assuming we don't get too lost! :-) Please be sure to let me know you will be joining! Ilgenstein Rock, Rocky Mountain, and Drag Hill.
Leader: Rob Lehmann
Contact: hikeleader -at- gmail -dot- com
Date: Sunday, May 9, 2010
Location: Ramapo Valley Reservation
Star-Ledger Article on NJ1K
Check out Vicki Hyman of the Star-Ledger's article about the NJ1K Club.
Article here.2/13 Hasenclever Hill Hike
The NJ1K Club is scheduling a last minute hike up Hasenclever Hill. We are going to be taking a shorter route to the summit than the usual LPI route.
Meet at the Long Pond Ironworks visitor's center (directions here) at 10:00 AM on Saturday, Februrary 13th. We'll then carpool over to Peters Mine Road where we'll start the ascent. Bring your snowshoes or ice spikes.
We'll see the summit of Hasenclever plus the glorious Ironminer's Daughter/Tooth (name not 100% agreed on yet) viewpoint.
Questions? Ask jsbennett70 at yahoo
Note: A photographer from a major local newspaper will be accompanying us. William Maurer, aka Hoosier Completes the NJ1K List
William Maurer, aka “Hoosier,” of Reading, PA has become the first person ever to complete the NJ1K list! Hoosier started his NJ peakbagging in the Kittatinies and then hit the Highlands, finally finishing on Bearfort North and the newly listed Buck Mountain by the Charlotteburg Reservoir. The NJ1K Club congratulates Mr. Maurer on his achievement.
"My favorite area for hiking the NJ1K was the Bearfort Lookout and Bearfort North areas," Hoosier admits, "as I’m a fan of Hemlock Groves and Pitch Pines which both areas are filled with, also the scenery is not too shabby either. My favorite bushwhack had to be the one of Westby Ridge I did with Jeff Bennett (JSB) and Eric."
Bill Maurer says "one of the best things about hiking the NJ1K list was how I got to know North Jersey so well from my numerous trips there. Some quaint little towns and many two lane country roads were traveled in my quest. Also the fact that northern New Jersey has some very fine scenery and hiking, and those who chose not to hike in the area are missing out on this fact."
Hoosier "Felt sort of bittersweet finishing the NJ1K, was sorry to know it was over," but he has future peakbagging objectives, like finishing the NH48 peaks by June 2010 and the whole NE115." As for hiking in the Garden State, "it’s nice to know when I hike in New Jersey I’m no longer tied to a list."
Again, the NJ1K Club congratulates Bill Maurer on his achievement and wishes him the best of luck. Thank you for being one of our club's most active members.
January 4, 2010
Don Weise, Jan 17th hike
Join the West Milford 13ers and Winter 17ers for a challenging 6-9 mile loop hike over Assiniwakam, Buck and (optional) Wyanokie Tourne. Hike is modedrate if you skip the Tourne, strenuous if you do all three peaks. Meet at Weis Ecology Center's outer parking lot by 9:30 a.m. Fee: $8. Email the leader for more information.
Buck and Wyanockie Tourne are 1Kers.
donweise -at- hotmail -dot- com
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Weis Ecology Center, 150 Snake Den Rd., Ringwood NJ 07456
9:30 a.m.Property Status Updates
We have discovered the ownership status of several of our high peaks.
Upper Pohatcong's southern summit is part of the Rockport Wildlife Management Area.
Morris Lake Mountain is owned by the Newton Water Commission. Also, a large south-west portion of the mountain belongs to Sparta Glen Park.
Mount No More is nearly entirely owned by the Apple Mountain Golf Club, a privately owned, yet open to the public, golf course. Mount No More is undeveloped, except for one house at its base. We plan to ask the owner of Mt No More for permission to climb the mountain.
Hunting clubs appear to own nearly all of Mount Mohepinoke. All of the woods along Rt. 46 are posted, except for the woods south of the Quinby Mountain Road junction. We have not determined access from the developments on Mohepinoke's northwest.
Don Weise Dec 27th Hike
Don Weise's Soltice Hike was cancelled due to the weather, but he has rescheduled the hike for Saturday, December 27th.
Contact: donweise -at- hotmail -dot- com
Date: Saturday, December 27, 2008
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Meet @ ShopRite of West Milford
Description: The West Milford Baker's Dozen/Winter 17er hike scheduled for 12/21 has been postponed to Saturday, 12/27 due to inclement weather. New meeting location: ShopRite parking lot in front of RiteAid pharmacy, 3 Marshall Hill Rd, West Milford NJ 07480. Map: here We'll be doing NJ1K and Baker's Dozen peaks, exact hike depends on parking conditions.
New Peak: Mount Fairway
We at the NJ1K club are pleased to announce that one new high peak has been identified.
Mount Fairway, "the Windbeam of Warren County" also easily meets our col requirements. Overlooking the Fairway Valley Golf Course and near Oxford Mountain, we hope that Mount Fairway will turn out to be a worthwhile climb.
Guerin Benchmark (Mount Freedom High Point) Displaces Mount Calais
Mount Calais has been ejected from the NJ1K peerage in favor of the Guerin Benchmark, located about a mile north of and 50' higher than Mount Calais, in Randolph Township.
Though Mount Calais has been revealed as an imposter high peak, we urge you to visit it anyway, as Mount Calais and the Guerin Benchmark are covered by the same Mendham/Randolph trail network.
Update: 12/18 The Guerin Benchmark was originally called the Mount Freedom High Point.Thirteen New Mountains
We at NJ1K continue to refine and expand the first ever listing of all of New Jersey's 1000' mountains.
West of Lake Hopatcong: Wright Peak, Mount Byram, Westby Ridge, Mohawk Mountain.
In the Sparta Mountains: Morris Lake Mountain.
By Route 23: Mount Gerard, Mount Stockholm.
In Warren County: Oxford Mountain, Jenny Jump #4.
In the Allamuchies: Waterloo Mountain, Whitehall Mountain, Mt. Rascal, and a new Allamuchy High Point (1240') which demotes the other "Allamuchy Mountain" (1222') to "Allamuchy North."
The names of these peaks are unofficial except Oxford Mountain and Mt. Rascal. It can be confirmed that Wright Peak, Westby Ridge and Mount Byram are entirely on private land; their owner is Hudson Farm. The Highlands Trail skirts the Eastern ridge of Mount Byram but hikers are urged to stay on the trail, as the land is a hunting preserve.
Keep following this page for more updates, as we are actively reviewing other candidates.New Feature: Route Descriptions
A route descriptions section has been added under every peak on the list. Users may submit their own detailed route descriptions for others to follow!Four Mountains Removed From the List
Upon close examination, it appears that Mount Paul, Mase Mountain, Scotts Mountain, and Danville Mountain have non-qualifying prominences. The NJ1K Club requires that all summits must have at least two-hundred feet of prominence. Mount Paul was disqualified due to 1410' Mount Stockholm. Mase Mountain is actually part of the Bowling Green Mountain massif. Scotts Mountain was disqualified due to a region of higher elevation in the area of Montana Village. Danville Mountain was been disqualified due to Mount Mohepinoke.
Four new mountains have been added to the list!
Jenny Jump Mountain Mid - 1112' - in Jenny Jump State Forest.
Jenny Jump Mountain South - 1070' - in Jenny Jump State Forest.
Green Pond Mountain - 1260'.
Bearfort Lookout - 1340' - in the Pequannock Watershed.
At 1260 feet, Green Pond Mountain officially disqualifies Copperas Mountain as a NJ1K mountain.New Feature: Radius Search
Just added: radius search. Now you can view the ten nearest peaks to a given mountain. Just go to the mountain you want to view in the peak list, and click "radius search".
Welcome, all, to the grand opening of the New Jersey 1K Club! Here you will find some of the best resources on the web for climbing New Jersey's 1,000 foot mountains. While New Jersey may not have the tallest or most rugged mountains, the Garden State is home to many summits with breathtaking views that provide unique challenges for the novice hiker, the seasoned peakbagger and everyone else in between.
At the moment, the list is only tentative. Please check back frequently, as the list is subject to change. Also, I'm open to suggestions and corrections, so feel free to contact me.
Mountains that have recently been confirmed to be located on private property are:
Upper Pohatcong Mountain
County House Mountain
Please note that mountains which have summits on private property are off-limits unless you obtain the necessary permission from the land owner. I'm trying to find out who owns what, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me if you have any information.
It has been confirmed that the true summit of Schooleys Mountain has been fully developed, therefore the "summit" of Schooleys Mountain has been moved from the true summit to a sub-summit, located in Schooleys Mountain County Park.
Removed from the list is Fox Hill in Hunterdon County. Recent maps show that the summit of Fox Hill is completely developed.