Peakbaggers in New Jersey

A club of New Jersey climbers explore our highest peaks:

[Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger : A view of the Delaware River from Mount Tammany, with New Jersey on the left
and Pennsylvania on the right, in this 2001 photo.

Pochunk Mountain and Ilgenstein Rock don’t have quite the same mystique as K2 or Kilimanjaro, but the New Jersey 1K Club’s aim is to conquer the Garden State’s loftiest peaks, all 52 that rise more than 1,000 feet above sea level.

Five of the peaks aren’t even mountains per se — they’re called hills — and one of the more modest, Guerin Benchmark in Randolph, is about a five-minute jaunt from the parking lot. The list doesn’t include “developed” mountains, those with houses on them. After all, it isn’t much of a thrill (and it is illegal) to summit via someone’s backyard.


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