Peru Peakbaggers Spend Bittersweet Day in High Peaks

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The Peru Peakbagging division of Jim “Harvester of Sorrow” Kobak and Jason “Willbury of Woe” Fiegl set out in the mild March weather to climb Sawteeth and the Lower Range. 

Mild March conditions prevailed
Mild March conditions prevailed

Jim and Jason’s close friend, and Adirondack peakbagging legend, Ed Bunk was scheduled to go on this hike on this day.  Unfortunately, Ed passed away just two short weeks ago.   Jim and Jason spent the day reminiscing of past trips and crazy hiking adventures they had with their dear friend.  Jason and Ed conquered the “Circle of Doom” a few years ago… 12 peaks and 15000′ of elevation in a single day.  Jason and Ed walked the NP trail together and spent many hours hiking in the HighPeaks.  Jim and Ed did an 11 day unsupported traverse of the 46 back in 2002.  They partook in many hiking adventures and challenges, including cycling from Albany, climbing Mt Marcy and cycling back.  Just last summer, Ed went to New Hampshire with Jim and peakbagged the crap out of the NH 48 as Jim worked to finish the Northeast 111 (one left- North Brother in Maine).  Ed will truly be missed.

Totally socked in up high
Totally socked in up high

The peakbagging duo was able to short-sleeve it in the balmy 40 degree temps at the lower elevations.  As they ascended, winds picked up and the weather became totally socked in. 

Jim heads up to the Summit of Gothics
Jim heads up to the Summit of Gothics

There is still plenty of snow up high, and the summit of Gothics has its trademark cornice fully developed.  Luckily no precipitation hampered their progress as they went up Sawteeth, then over the Pyramid to Gothics, and along the ridge to Armstrong Mt and Upper Wolf Jaw Mt.

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Still not sure what's on that sandwich...
Still not sure what's on that sandwich...

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Ed Bunk... RIP (2-23-09)
Ed Bunk... RIP (2-23-09)
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