GEM Trail wrote:I was just thinking about climbing in general, and state highpointing in particular. And I was wondering about the appeal of highpointing.
One of the coolest things about climbing a mountain is the feelings you get when you stand on the top. You have mastered a mountain, a challenge, yourself... you stand above all you survey. You have conquered- you are king (or queen) of the world!
I just wonder if others feel this way... I also wonder if this helps explain the lure of highpointing: in our very patriotic nation, we get to go to the top of each state and feel like we rule it!
And let's face it- plenty of people have been so lured by that feeling that they have kept reaching for summits they should have left for another day.
But the fact is that is one of the main reasons I like to climb mountains. It makes you feel like the king of the world!
Cool. Don't put much stock in the negative tone you get in some of these answers. Climbers like to establish pecking orders rated on climbing difficulty and then some enjoy looking down their noses at lesser climbers.
Just remember - its ALL climbing.
Also climbers are tribal and you have identified with state high pointing. That is your tribe. Other tribes are disdainful of your tribe and may try to count coup on your ass... like in this thread.
Don't pay that no mind either.
Enjoy bagging your peaks. We all climb for lots of reasons, ruling the world ain't one of mine but enjoy the feeling while you have it mate.
And that New Jersey High Point (hehe) is a tough one!