List of Completed H.P.'sND=5-27-05
From the Top
ND highpoint Marker
Looking at the Firetower
SD watchtower sign
Why I High PointWhy would you want to climb the highest point in each state?
Well, a few years ago I once dreamed of climbing Mt. Denali (McKinley) because it was the highest point in N.A. After one day investigating this more, I discovered a group called the Highpointers. (www.highpointers.org) and with that, decided to culture myself better, and climb ALL of the state highpoints (Denali still being my ultimate goal). My girlfriend at the time looked at me as though I was crazy.
This same girlfriend accompanied me on my first three H.P.'s (ND,SD,NE) over my 21st birthday (2005). It was not much of an accomplishment, but gave me a new found addiction.
Then in January (2006) I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. This immediatly forced my to rethink my goals (especially Highpointing) and whether this could even be possible. With this dilemma in mind, I began to plan my next trip during Spring Break from school,and Kelly and I climbed MN, WI, and IA during Spring Break. With summiting Eagle Mountain, the H.P. of MN, I conquered the intial fear that M.S. would stop my dream. I now hope to climb the other 41 states, and with each step towards all fifty, is another step towards defeating my M.S.
My success of Borah Peak, ID. Only helped to bolster my confidence in myself, since this was my first Solo trip EVER!.
I also have a cousin with a chronic medical diagnosis, who has begun "Competing" with me for the U.S. Highpoints, which, only helps push the both of us harder. She is cheating though, by completing those in the Southeast first!
My family supports me, even though many do not understand my reasons. Some have even accompanied me on a few of my highpoints, specifically my grandfather. This support allows me to keep climbing, especially when I feel I have no strength left to muster. Thank you ALL for your support, whether you know it or not, this is where I am able to receive my strength!
"I Climb not because they are there, but because I can"---Favorite Quote
It is not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves.-Sir Edmund Hillary
Whats next?Borah-Idaho-Mid July-Completed! Check out the Trip Report [img:208925:alignleft:thumb:From the top of Borah]
Guadalupe Pk: Hopefully with my roommate this January
Others Who HighpointThere are a few others here on SP who Highpoint, below are links to their Highpointing Albums as well.
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