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Postby Cy Kaicener » Fri Mar 23, 2007 4:22 pm

If any of you highpointers get a hankering to expand your territory, here are two useful websites
http://alpenergy.com/highestpeaks.htm
http://www.peakbagger.com/listindx.aspx
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A NEW CLIMBING SEASON

Postby GEM Trail » Fri Apr 13, 2007 3:07 pm

I'd like to thank everyone who has contributed to this thread. Hopefully we can keep making it a fun resource for the Summit Post community interested in the state highpoints. Because every time I've climbed a mountain anywhere I've wondered about what higher peaks might be around, what it might be like on an even loftier summit, one at the apex of all available mountains. Plus, as an earlier poster remarked, it has always been vaguely in my plans to see all 50 states, and highpointing is the perfect excuse.

Don't know what Cypress and I are going to do this year. The plan is either to make an epic drive to Colorado and back or to run down and hike the Southeastern highpoints.

I personally am starting to feel an "ethical" dilemma in the South. Many Eastern highpoints have roads going right to the top. And (unlike some highpointers) I see no value in just driving a car to the top of a mountain. And Cypress and I would like to hike up each highpoint from its base. But what if we are running short on time? Would it be worthwhile to drive up a mountain when we are perfectly capable of hiking it?
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Re: A NEW CLIMBING SEASON

Postby Alpinist » Fri Apr 13, 2007 5:05 pm

GEM Trail wrote:I personally am starting to feel an "ethical" dilemma in the South. Many Eastern highpoints have roads going right to the top. And (unlike some highpointers) I see no value in just driving a car to the top of a mountain. And Cypress and I would like to hike up each highpoint from its base. But what if we are running short on time? Would it be worthwhile to drive up a mountain when we are perfectly capable of hiking it?

I've thought a lot about that. Once you start climbing the Western peaks, the Midwestern and some of the Eastern highpoints become somewhat insignificant. Many of the state highpoints are almost perfectly flat. They do not have a perceptable summit per se. Where would you start the climb, from the ocean? I don't feel the least bit of need to hike to a highpoint if it does not hold a challenge. For me, it's enough to just be there and experience the area.
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Postby GEM Trail » Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:54 pm

Love the list of alternate highpoints. Hey, has anyone climbed all the European highpoints yet? THAT would be a fun and baddass undertaking! There's about 50 countries, but many many good mountain climbs in there.

Funny what the last poster said about eastern mountains not being mountains. Over the years I've thought about that a lot and figure that if anything rises over 1,000 vertical feet I'm willing to call it a mountain. But what I was talking about was a little different; what's the point of driving your car up a mountain? A nice view? What a way to waste a day of driving!

Anybody climbed with their kid, especially a daughter? Mine's plenty girly and I'm wondering how other people get their kids excited about it and teach em and stuff.
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Postby WoundedKnee » Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:58 pm

GEM Trail wrote:Love the list of alternate highpoints. Hey, has anyone climbed all the European highpoints yet? THAT would be a fun and baddass undertaking! There's about 50 countries, but many many good mountain climbs in there.


Ginge Fullen has done it. Check out his webpage...I'm also pretty sure he's done all the African countries as well, which is infinitely higher on the badass undertaking scale.

http://www.gingefullen.com/gingefullen.html
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Postby Scott Wesemann » Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:29 pm

All you Highpointers out there, what hikes and or climbs do you have planned for this year? I am hitting Rainier, Hood and Granite.
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Postby Alpinist » Tue Apr 17, 2007 9:23 pm

The only 2 I have planned are Hoosier Hill and Boundary Peak, at opposite ends of the spectrum. I'm constantly looking for opportunities to hit additional HP's during business travel though.
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Postby markv » Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:23 am

Regarding whether to hike or drive to a highpoint...

I'm up to 35 highpoints (Rainier my biggest one so far), and when i started i also wanted to hike them all. I ran into the same dilemma about what "hiking them all" entailed, since the base of Mt. Sunflower in Kansas isn't exactly discernible. What i ended up with is a self-imposed rule of hiking the majority of the prominence of each highpoint. Prominence, if you don't know it, is the elevation difference between the summit and the "key saddle." The key saddle is the saddle between a summit and the next-highest summit, whether that next-highest summit is a mile away or 5000 miles away.

This was a way of giving more credit, and hiking more, on mountains like Mt. Washington and Mt. Mitchell, while minimizing but still hiking some around places like Hawkeye Point, Iowa. (I had to walk about a half-mile to get the required majority prominence elevation gain for that one.) The only one i haven't really liked was Hoosier Hill, Indiana. That required walking on farm roads for 4 or 5 miles, which i coulda done without.

Anyway, just a thought...nobody has to stick to rules, but if you're looking for a way to decide which ones should get a lot of hiking instead of driving, that's my way. Happy highpointing!

p.s. Hopefully Gannett will be #36 this summer.
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Postby grunt » Wed Apr 18, 2007 5:04 pm

All you Highpointers out there, what hikes and or climbs do you have planned for this year? I am hitting Rainier, Hood and Granite.


I had big plans for this summer, but I am four months pregnant :D , so it looks like the only one I'll do this year is New Jersey, when my husband and I go visit his family in the Scranton PA area.
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Postby GEM Trail » Sat Apr 28, 2007 12:30 pm

Wanted to tell Grunt that if she gets her man to NJ there's a pleasant surprise for her. The NJ highpoint is the best family recreation spot of any state highpoint! We went swimming near the top and mountain biked several miles of easy trails in addition to hiking around. PLUS there is a miniature Washington Monument on top (don't ask me why) visible from as far away as the hazy atmosphere permits.

A story about the Rhode Island highpoint. Hate to admit it but we totally "stole" this highpoint! We were driving back from climbing Katahdin and Washington and decided to see it. Once at the closest road access it was obvious we were within 2 or 3 vertical feet of the highpoint sitting in our car. I got a little mad at that point and declared we were NOT making a special trip just to return to this spot. So we drove east a mile to a gas station, parked the car, pulled out the mountain bikes, and pedaled right to the highpoint markers. After we left we found out that the owners have opened up access to more than July 4 and Labor Day weekends- now apparently its every weekend. So that is much easier to work with, and in fact we were there I think on the weekend, so I guess we didn't break any laws.

Still hope to take Cypress out west this summer for a few Colorado climbs, but just like we climbers have access issues with some mountains I have acess issues with my daughter...
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Postby grunt » Sat Apr 28, 2007 6:47 pm

Wanted to tell Grunt that if she gets her man to NJ there's a pleasant surprise for her. The NJ highpoint is the best family recreation spot of any state highpoint! We went swimming near the top and mountain biked several miles of easy trails in addition to hiking around. PLUS there is a miniature Washington Monument on top (don't ask me why) visible from as far away as the hazy atmosphere permits.


Cool! Thanks for the tip!
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Postby Tracy » Sat Apr 28, 2007 9:30 pm

Fun forum and good read.
It's fun to see the different angles people take on climbing/hiking/getting to state high points. I climbed my first high point in 1973 when I was 11 years old (Mt. Whitney). It wasn't until 1979 when I first seriously thought of getting to the highest point in each of the fifty states. 28 years later, I only have 15 done. My goal has never been to do them in the shortest amount of time; I may even set the record for taking the longest amount of time. Given my current age, I know I need to do McKinley soon if I am to get all 50. By the way, taking longer has earned me more of a reputation for being obsessed, or an addict, among family and friends because this is dragging out so long.
All high point trips have been memorable; however, Borah Peak in the winter of 1985 will forever be embedded in my memory banks; and most recently (11 days ago), High Point Monument in New Jersey during the middle of a nor'easter, early in the morning, with the gates locked - meaning I had to hike in from the main highway during some intense weather.

This year I'm hoping to do Boundary Peak in Nevada and Kings Peak in Utah. I'm also considering an invitation extended to me to join a scout troop to the top of Montana. Rainier possibly in September with a local acquaintance who is fast approaching the big "60" (years of age).
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Postby Cascade Scrambler » Sat Apr 28, 2007 9:47 pm

climb14ers wrote:All you Highpointers out there, what hikes and or climbs do you have planned for this year? I am hitting Rainier, Hood and Granite.


My climbing partner, my brother, and I are hitting Rainier (May 30th-June 2nd), Whitney and Boundary (first week of July), and Hood and Borah in August. That's the plan, at least. And considering all of the time and money we've spent already on gear, plane tickets, permits, training climbs, and such, I know we're not taking this lightly.
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Postby Holsti97 » Sat Apr 28, 2007 10:29 pm

climb14ers wrote:All you Highpointers out there, what hikes and or climbs do you have planned for this year? I am hitting Rainier, Hood and Granite.


I have 14 highpoints planned for the year including Gannett Peak, WY, 7 in the Northeast including Katahdin and Marcy, and 6 in the Midwest including my home state of Wisconsin.

Here is a similar thread on a different website:
http://www.network54.com/Forum/3897/thr ... s+in+2007-
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Postby gwave47 » Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:54 am

Yes I like to highpoint as well. Hoping to add 4 states to my map on my profile page this year. Maybe a few more later this year if I get bored. I'm just shooting for all fifty by the time I turn 30.
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