Here is another problem I have noticed for us highpointers: the Klub and its website.
I don't mean to criticize, and I don't have a ready solution for what I am about to mention. But the highpointers club website, and the klub in general, does not do the best job in promoting highpointing. Okay, let me be honest, I think it is doing a terrible job.
I have seen the newsletter, and it is okay, but their website is uninviting, uninspiring, not very informative. The only real info they purport to offer is a guide to the summits, and clicking on them leads you straight to the summitpost pages for the respective mountains.
Here is their mission statement: "The purpose of the Highpointers Club is 1 to promote climbing to the highest point in each of the fifty (50) states; 2 provide a forum for education about the highpoints; 3 aid in the preservation and conservation of the highpoints and their environs; 4 provide a vehicle through which persons with this common goal can meet and correspond with one another; 5 maintain positive relationships with owners of highpoints on private property; 6 assist in the care and maintenance of highpoints; 7 and support public and private efforts to maintain the integrity of and access to state highpoints." (numbers added by me)
As far as I can tell, they do a good job on 3, 5,6 and 7. But they seem to do very little to promote highpointing. And the website is an embarrassment. You can't apply for membership online, the link for a mail in membership doesn't tell you what membership costs, no merchandise has been available for the last month (at least), etc.
Since we summitposters seem to have our act more together, does anyone have any insight into this situation? Does anyone have time to help? Expecially their website, which looks like it was designed by 80 year olds in the 1990s. And their whole thing using k's instead of c's is just stupid (yes I know why they do it).
For my part I plan to join the klub ASAP and am willing to take on some position of leadership there to help promote our sport/hobby. I am not out to convert everyone into a highpointer, but highpointing deserves a better platform than this!