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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Catamount » Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:10 am

Bark Eater wrote:Not me, Mark! Actually I was lugging 30-35 pounds for a day trip with water and food for some of the rest of the group. Just call me "Sherpa" :-)


I knew it wasn't you! :wink:
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby GEM Trail » Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:34 pm

I like the new name too!

We finally did some high points this year. Conflicting schedules got in the way until November. But we were determined to at least do a couple this year.

We drove down to South Carolina and Georgia the weekend of the ninth. We could not believe the great weather, or how close the leaves were to the fall peak.

Like others have said, sassafras is under developed. Apparently there is a plan to put a large and tourist friendly tower at the top. But nearby table rock State Park gets a lot more love. We were not well organized, and ended up driving most of Sassafras and hiking table rock mountain the next day.

Table rock is a spectacular hike with fantastic views and the biggest cliffs I have seen in the south east Table rock Mountain may have been the most crowded trail I have ever been on. It was a Sunday with temps near 70 and the trail is not that far from Clemson University. On the way down we counted 394 hikers hiking up as we descended. 394!

Brasstown bald in Georgia may be the best views we have seen from a high point, as good as Katahdin and Mount Washington. Cypress wanted to go to Helen, so we spent the afternoon there during a Civil War reenactment. We also found awesome free camping in the hills above Helen, with lots of sites on local creeks in the national forest.

We also hung out in Asheville, North Carolina, and had a great time. On the way back to Charlottesville, we came upon one of the best roadside attractions ever. It is called Foamhenge, and it is near natural bridge off interstate 81 exit 180. It is a life sized replica of Stonehenge, except it is on top of a hill and you can touch the stones!

So I finally passed halfway, and have 26 high points, and Cypress has 22. Hopefully next year we will finally do one out west.
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Bark Eater » Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:03 pm

GEM, thanks for the update. Hadn't heard from you in a while. Glad you had a fun trip south.
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Jow » Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:41 pm

Posted trip report although most of you have already been here but check out if you're bored

http://www.summitpost.org/quick-trip-to-guadalupe-peak-bonus-adventures/876579
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Redwic » Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:29 pm

Hopefully, if all goes well, I will reach my 48th/last contiguous USA State Highpoint (Granite Peak) next year. Second time's a charm? I hope so.

But I did accomplish one big highpointing goal this year... Last month, I connected my completed County Highpoints from Canada to Mexico. That might be small potatoes to some of you but for me it was a treat.
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby LesterLong » Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:43 pm

I climbed Mt. Marcy (finally) last weekend. Also got Table Top Mountain (not purposely; got lost, and figured "if I keep walking upward, I'll eventually summit something").
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Matt Lemke » Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:48 pm

Redwic wrote:Hopefully, if all goes well, I will reach my 48th/last contiguous USA State Highpoint (Granite Peak) next year. Second time's a charm? I hope so.

But I did accomplish one big highpointing goal this year... Last month, I connected my completed County Highpoints from Canada to Mexico. That might be small potatoes to some of you but for me it was a treat.


Hey good luck on Granite Peak. I've done it twice now and it's one of my favorite mountains. If you are willing for a little challenge, do the standard East ridge/upper south face. The SW couloir kinda sucks lol.
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby JohnMcPike » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:46 pm

Did #39 Mt Arvon last month. Great time of year to do it for fall foliage.

Have plans to go to Colorado in June for a wedding and hope we can get to Elbert for #40. Mount MArcy looks better now that we moved closer than we were in Texas
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Bark Eater » Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:13 pm

LesterLong wrote:I climbed Mt. Marcy (finally) last weekend. Also got Table Top Mountain (not purposely; got lost, and figured "if I keep walking upward, I'll eventually summit something").


Lester, did you use crampons? Looking a little white up that way. Snow depth?

Jow, congratulations on making the front page!
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby sm0421 » Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:20 pm

Frank, I was in the Great Range last weekend as well, did a 20 mile hike. snow is about ankle deep and in some places deeper. waterproof boots, microspikes and gaiters are a must.
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby LesterLong » Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:07 pm

Bark Eater wrote:
LesterLong wrote:I climbed Mt. Marcy (finally) last weekend. Also got Table Top Mountain (not purposely; got lost, and figured "if I keep walking upward, I'll eventually summit something").


Lester, did you use crampons? Looking a little white up that way. Snow depth?

Jow, congratulations on making the front page!


I didn't use crampons, and saw several folks who didn't use microspikes or poles. I, however, used both microspikes and poles, both for the first time, and found it incredibly useful. It was a gorgeous day. My only regret was starting at 8am and not 6am.

Definitely white up that way....about 12 inches of snow in the pines, with just a solid covering above the tree line.

Hope this helps.
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Catamount » Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:37 pm

Homeboy got this in the mail today. :D

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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Bark Eater » Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:03 pm

Catamount, that's one beautiful pin. Hope to earn one myself one of these days!
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby GEM Trail » Fri Nov 29, 2013 4:22 am

Congrats, Catamount. Well earned!

I am a little jealous that everyone is climbing much faster than we are. It is frustrating to move so slowly. But I guess the bright side is that my kid and I have another ten years of trips before we have to come up with a new project!
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Re: STATE HIGHPOINT CLIMBERS

Postby Catamount » Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:10 pm

Thanks, GEM (and everyone else as well)!

Although some move along at a faster rate than others, I read a few years ago that the average time to complete the list is about 20 years. My first HP was Mount Marcy in 1993 although state highpoints weren't on my radar as a list to complete until 2001 or so. Anyway, it hasn't been quick and I still have Denali, which I won't be attempting until 2015.

Congrats to you and Cypress as well. Check out the HP Club Merc if you haven't already. There is a 25-state pin that you're now eligible to receive.

http://highpointers.org/merc/completion-awards/25-state-enameled-pin
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