It's great to hear everyone's stories on this topic. Highpointing really is special, half about climbing mountains, half about traveling America. And visiting friends, the ones who moved so far out of the way you never figured you'd been in their neck of the woods.
My dream trip for next year is to introduce her to Colorado via a little cross-country drive. Starting in Philly, we'll go right by the Pennsylvania high point (we're saving that for later), we can tag Ohio and Indiana, then possibly Illinois and Iowa en route to Kansas and my brother's place near Boulder. Here my appetities might be too big for the time allotted, but I hope to do at least four hikes. The highpoint is madatory and the mountain quite frankly I'm least excited about. That might be the first hike. Second, we have unfinished business on Gray's Peak, where we turned around at 14,000' when she was 11. I was thinking we could do Kelso Ridge up Torrey's on the way, making it a training climb for Long's Peak, which I think will be the highlight. I also wanted to take her up Sneffels, but that is really far from Denver so maybe we'll do Crestone Peak or some other class 3/4 climb. We only have 7-9 days in Colorado, so I'll be psyched if we can have a little family time and still do all those hikes. Then it's back in the car, maybe to tag Black Mesa in Oklahoma but probably right to the Ozarks to climb Mount Magazine in Arkansas and Missouri's high point, which I think is called Tom Sauk.
That would be at least six and possibly nine high points, four friends houses to crash in on the way, and more high points in the south coming home if we wanted. Most important, I wanna stoke Cypress' fire for climbing mountains! Because if she likes Colorado, she'll really like Wyoming, and Montana, and Washington, and California...
Wow David for Tibet you guys are doing great! How's the money/awareness raising campaign going?
A pberzai you're really moving too.
Cypress and I are on a much slower pace. I gotta stretch it out over several years 'cos this is the best idea I've ever had for bringing us closer together! But I do have an idea that might "speed" things up considerably. I can't spill the details yet... but it's going to be great!
By the way I agree with above posters that the SP Highpoints page is AWESOME. It's a blueprint for dreams, really, with the biggest and most spectacular mountains at the top, peak after peak cascading down...
My dog Spanky and I have completed 24 out of 50 summits. Read all about it at http://50summits.blogspot.com - a fairly factual, hopefully humorous and entertaining accounting of our exploits. If you enjoy reading about dog adventures, hiking with your dog, or just plain old funny dog stories, you'll enjoy this.
Spanky and Rein Krevald
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Here's my personal high point story.
Seeing as I'm from Rhode Island I'm sure most who have been doing high points for years know about the history of Jerimoth Hill and the difficulty of its "ascent". It always upset me how the guy who owned the property was so backwards that he took the stand that he did. You see my wife also lived on the high point. She grew up and lived in the house that sat directly across the road from the trailhead, you know the one you would park in front of if you went there. The number of people who used to come to her door with disappointment because of the situation was incredible. It wasn't like people needed to cross his front yard to gain access. The trail is off in the woods on the other side of his property. I personally used to go over there numerous times by a little known side trail that was just a bit down the hill but on someone elses property that I was friendly with. If for nothing more than to get some redemption for all those that made the trip with no other intentions other than seeing the marker. Some folks, many with small kids would travel thousands of miles to see it just to get turned away. I know it wasn't my property and who am I to tell someone what they should let go but a little bit of friendly courtesy would have gone a long way towards making allot of people happy. Fortunately those days are over and I congratulate and thank the new owners.