photos from facebook update. Is that Don Holmes, author of the 50 state highpoint guide in the 50-completer photo? (lower-right)
GEM Trail wrote:New Highpoint Names
It occurred to us while climbing Charles Mound that some highpoints have woefully inadequate names. Yes, the tops of Illinois and Delaware are tiny, maybe they aren't really mountains, but as state highpoints they deserve better names.
Many states with wimpy highpoints could really bring some tourism to their states by emphasizing their highpoints. Grander names would sure help.
So as we are climbing Charles Mound, pretending it is a Himalayan peak, when we decided to give it a grander name.
And we thought: why not call it Snowy Peak? It is near Illinois' biggest ski slope, in the northernmost part of the state, and as a highpoint is probably one of the snowier parts of the state.
So the top of Illinois we decided could be Snowy Peak.
The next week, on the way to Campbell Hill, we saw signs for a business called Glacier Ridge. And we thought: Campbell Hill can be Glacier Ridge!
Later that day, when we summited one of the most modest of all state highpoints, we came up with the most improbably name yet. Hoosier Hill can be called.... Avalanche Spire.
So far we have:
Charles Mound = Snowy Peak
Campbell Hill = Glacier Ridge
Hoosier Hill = Avalanche Spire
Don't know if anyone else wants to join in the fun, but other nothing peaks are just crying out for tougher names. Like those pocket dogs they call "Killer"!
Florida Frank wrote:Off to Rainier (2nd try - long story) next week. Wish me luck!
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