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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Holsti97 » Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:54 pm

Tracy...that is great news on your Rainier summit. I can just see you easily striding up that mountain. I know Jack Bennett who lives in Arizona and was one of a few to do all of Canada's Provincial Highpoints and all 50 state highpoints was planning on climbing Rainier and was looking for a partner following the Highpointers Convention.

As far as new names for State highpoints...Timms Hill 1951' the highpoint of Wisconsin was originally called "Ogema Hill". A logger named Timm changed the name. It was suggested to me that Wisconsin school children should campaign the state legislature to change the name back to the original.
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Hotoven » Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:03 pm

Congrats Tracy on your summit. Way to knock off the summit in those less than desirable conditions as well.
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby GEM Trail » Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:43 pm

I agree that Jerimoth Hill needs something. Little Denali?

And Timm's Hill could at least be Mt. Timm. Or Mt. Ogema. The nearest settlement I think is called Spirit. You could call it Spirit Mountain!

Related note: there is a cafe I didn't know at the base of Mt. Timm called the Hill of Beans Cafe. It has a great view of Spirit Mountain and looks like an awesome spot.
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Bark Eater » Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:05 pm

Tracy, I'm glad you had better luck on Rainier than we did. I'm surprised and impressed in that even the climbing rangers were calling it "Juneuary". I think we might have run into you three in the CIC on Tuesday morning before starting? I was the guy with the highpointers ball cap on.

We got soaked in that miserable whiteout hiking up the snowfield on the 12th. Spent the night of the 12th camped on the snow field just a bit below Muir. Met your solo hiker on the morning of the 13th as it had cleared and as he headed back down. Though if the same guy I'm surprised as he was wearing a cotton hoodie, which seems like death wear in the weather that we had. But he did say he had solo summitted Hood the week before.

We heard from several parties that no one was getting above the top of the cleaver due to avalanche danger so didn't see the point in continuing up. Plus we were having some gear issues and everything that wasn't frozen was still pretty soggy. So being old and sensible we headed back down and were in the Paradise dining room for lunch.
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Tracy » Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:42 pm

Florida Frank, Now that you remind me, I bet that we did cross paths in the CIC. You must have been the guy that told us you had been to the convention, duh - that seems longer ago than it was. We got soaked on the way up the mountain also but had planned on spending an extra day resting up on the 13th and playing it by ear to see what conditions were like on the 14th. Since the 13th was windy (but sunny) we dried out our gear and were ready to try early on the 14th and it happened to work out for us. We were told by the climbing rangers at Camp Muir that the risk of avalanche danger had reduced significantly over those two days (at least that is what we thought we heard). That solo hiker you ran into on the 13th is the same guy I'm sure.

In any case, it was nice chatting with you on the mountain as well as via this forum. You may also have crossed paths with two Germans on skis that we talked to midday at the Muir Hut as well as a couple from Pasco, WA that own a bed & breakfast that were visiting Muir on an up and back day hike.
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Catamount » Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:41 pm

Very cool to read up on what everyone else has been up to while I've been away from SP for awhile.

In terms of my own plans, I will be attempting Hood, Rainier, Gannett and Granite between July 8th and August 2nd. My wife and kids just got me a new iPad for Father's Day/Retirement and I had an idea to use it to post videos on YouTube once my trip begins.

Put up a snippet a couple of days ago to kind of set the stage for the "video blog" that will follow. Here is a link if you want to know what I sound like in person. My wife has already made fun of me so feel free to do the same.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5jAG4uFMlI&feature=plcp
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Bark Eater » Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:59 pm

Tracy, I apologize for not stopping and chatting for longer. We were pretty anxious to get on the mountain but it was pretty much all for naught. I didn't get to the konvention but hope to in the future. Next year it is in Millinocket, ME, which is my old stomping ground (lived there from 84-90).

Catamount, welcome back! We've missed you. Congrats. on your retirement and I hope your western adventure goes great!
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Catamount » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:21 pm

Thanks Florida Frank. I missed you guys too ... which is why I came back. I was in a position a couple of years ago where I knew I wasn't going to be spending a lot of time in the mountains so it felt silly to be hanging out here yapping away. Now that I'm ready to make a serious effort again, I feel like I belong back on SP. :D
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby GEM Trail » Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:18 am

Cypress and I finally did another highpoint trip. This went through the Midwest- Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. We biked Mt. Arvon all the way to the marker, our second biked highpoint. All in all an awesome jaunt, bringing us up to 17 HPs together. Trip reports to follow!

Welcome back Catamount! Yes you have definitely been missed. Liked your video and can't wait to see as you climb 80% of your remaining objectives. And I relate to not wanting to post if you are not climbing- I feel embarrassed that many people have done so much more toward this goal than I have. At the same time, this thread is here to inform us about climbs, share stories, and most importantly to keep us inspired! And that should be available to all of us, no matter how many peaks we have climbed.
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Catamount » Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:56 am

Nice, GEM Trail. A 5-highpoint trip is a solid effort. The Upper Midwest highpoints are great and it is a lot of fun traveling throuqh the Great Lakes region. Eagle Mountain, Minnesota is a real cool hike. Congrats to both you and Cypress!
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Alpinist » Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:04 pm

Catamount - good luck with the western HPs! Those are among the most enjoyable and challenging states. Have a great time and be safe.
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby GEM Trail » Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:59 pm

Alpinist, delayed congratulations on reaching your 50th highpoint. Anyone who wants some inspiration should check out Alpinists' youtube photo montage of his Denali climb.

Funny such a mountaineer lives near Chicago. I've been here a few months and this is about as flat a place as I've ever seen!
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Alpinist » Sun Jun 24, 2012 1:59 pm

Thanks GEM Trail. How long are you going to be in Chicago? We should get together while you're here.
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby GEM Trail » Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:16 pm

Alpinist, I am here on a temporary position that ends this week. I would be game to grab a beer sometime this week if you like- but it has to be my treat to celebrate your accomplishment! Unfortunately, I only just realized that you were in Chicago! If you like, I think you can message me through summitpost.
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Best Western Introduction?

Postby GEM Trail » Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:58 am

Here's a question:

If someone has been climbing the Eastern highpoints, and you wanted to give them a taste of bigger things out West without scaring them off, what Western mountain(s) would you start with?

After our last trip Cypress is talking about doing Denali as soon as possible and before we think about that I want to get her used to, and excited about, the Western climbs.

I was thinking Wheeler is a pretty great day hike, that's the only Western one I have actually done. But Whitney, Hood, Guadalupe all seem exciting yet pretty easy. I was even thinking of taking her up Granite via the southwest couloir if anyone has done that.

What do you guys think?
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