#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!