Peakbagger Reaches Milestone

1...1...1!
1...1...1!

Peru Nordic’s uberpeakbagger, Jim “Harvester of Sorrow” Kobak reached a personal milestone on Monday, June 29 when he summitted North Brother mountain in Baxter State Park, Maine.  North Brother was the last summit on Jim’s list as he worked towards finishing the Northeast 111 peaks.  Incidentally, North Brother was not Jim’s 111th peak, rather, due to a strange bit of New England math, there are actually 115 mountains on the NE111 list of 4000′ peaks.  There are 48 in NY, including all of the Adirondack 46rs and Slide and Hunter Mts in the Catskills.  There are 48 4000’ers in NH, 14 in ME and 5 in VT.

enjoying a breif peek of sunshine on North Brother, Doubletop Mt. behind
enjoying a breif peek of sunshine on the way down North Brother, Doubletop Mt. behind

Jim had needed North Brother peak ever since August 2007 when he finished the NH 48 on Mt. Isolation, giving him 114 of the 111.  Jim had previously been to Baxter St. Park in February of 2006 for a winter assault on Katahdin’s Baxter and Hamlin peaks.  Because of work commitments and the ESGs, he was unable to climb North Brother on that trip.

the Mitten of Might negotiates the "trail" up North Brother
the Mitten of Might negotiates the "trail" up North Brother

This trip involved a 10 hour drive from Peru,  NY to Millinocket, ME.  North Brother is in Baxter State Park, in the great north woods of Maine, AKA the middle of f’n nowhere.  Accompanying Jim on this trip was Mrs. Of Sorrow, Amy “Mitten of Might” Kobak. Luckily for the hikers, the State of Maine had been enjoying the wettest June on record, with almost 9 inches of rain.  Most of that water was flowing right down the North Brother Trail as Jim and Amy waded up towards the summit.  The weather was rainy and socked in, although there was a  breif peek of sunshine on the descent.

terrible photo of the moose encounter
terrible photo of the moose encounter

Only one moose was encountered on this trip, and the duo summited at 9:45 am and celebrated with Pringles before driving the 10 hours back home to Northern NY.

the ascent
the ascent
Pringles... the mountaineer's choice!
Pringles... the mountaineer's choice!
Northern Maine... you CAN get thar from here
Northern Maine... you CAN get thar from here
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