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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:47 am
by GEM Trail
About a mid-Atlantic meetup: Hell yeah! And if anyone is going to the Philly Folk Fest this weekend, let me know and we'll go climb Spring Mountain!


PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:33 am
by Hotoven
Florida Frank wrote:
GEM Trail wrote: Definitely up for a weekend hike sometime.

I'm in Wilmington. Holler if you guys want to hook up for a local adventure some time. Elichten was in Exton but I believe he moved to Europe. Hotoven is in Lancaster. Maybe time for a SE PA SummitPost gathering!

I am extremely busy, but would be willing to carve out a Saturday or Sunday to hang out and climb/hike. :P


PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:43 am
by Hotoven
tigerlilly wrote:Hi All,

We got a group of 5 up the SW chute of Montana's Granite Peak, this past weekend.

I posted details here: Northern Rockies Forum \Granite Peak Conditions.

BTW, Congrats to Bob Webster~ this was his 49th successful peak ! only Denali is left....


Great work!


PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:48 am
by sm0421
great report and accomplishment catamount!!! I would highly recommend hiking through the sw face of Granite, it's a completely different terrain and highly worth the effort :)

I've heard lots of guides on Hood and I may go with them next year in June.

thank you so much for such a great one-hour read.


Wikipedia page

PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:38 pm
by GEM Trail
I looked at the Wikipedia entry for highpointing the other day and thought it was pretty bad. So I took a little time to rewrite part of it. I honestly wanted to rewrite the entire thing but didn't want to be rude to the people who made the original entry, so I left most of it. Please check it out and let me know what you think. And if you want to add to it or amend it, feel free!

What I did, mostly, was change the first few paragraphs, updating their definition of highpointing. I also put a little more about state highpointing in there!


PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:44 pm
by Alpinist
HooBoy, you're right. There are a lot of things I'd do differently with that page. Here are a few suggestions.

1) The definition below for county highpointing is incorrect/missing.

The most prominent groups of "highpointers" in the U.S. attempt to either climb to the highest point of each state in the U.S. or to the highest point of a specific U.S. state. These activities are called "state" and "county" highpointing, respectively

2) Highpoint is spelled inconsistently throughout as high point.

3) No mention of or link to highpoint records other than the first person (speed ascent, oldest, etc.)

4) It should be clarified that manmade structures in a different location than the highpoint do not count if they are higher. (Example, Sears Tower in Chicago.)

5) I would eliminate the references to Ireland, England, Australia, etc as they inadequately capture highpointing in other countries. Replace it with a more general comment that most other countries have similar highpoint goals as the US.

6) No reference to the US State HP page on SP.

7) No mention of risks or deaths (on Denali, Rainier, Hood, etc.) makes HPing sound like a hobby for old women.

8 - I would include separate, direct links to the state HP list and County HP list, and then "other" lists.

A lot more could be done but that's a start...


PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:03 pm
by GEM Trail
Yes, there really is a lot of work to be done on that page. Since it is how many people first research the pastime, it is unfortunate that 1) the page is basically incoherent 2) it doesn't make highpointing sound like much fun or much of an adventure.

I am game to do it myself, but would love some help to totally redo that page. If you guys want, we could team up and work on it.

And alpinist, #1 on your list is my fault- a typo from me doing the whole revision in just 15 minutes. Also, #2- I was not sure that highpoint was correct and high point was incorrect. And #3- I stuck that in there real quick but it needs a reference, and obviously, many more things you mentioned could/should go in there.

And, really, there should probably be separate pages for state and county highpointing. The state highpoint page on summitpost is great, and our hobby deserves a much better introduction than the present wikipedia page!

I will get started on this this weekend, and will be glad to P.M. anyone who wants to give feedback or add stuff. Would anyone be game to donate some photos to the page?


PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:11 pm
by GEM Trail
Obviously we should include a link to that page on the highpointing page. I am a computer illiterate, so it may take me a while to figure it out...

Wikipedia page

PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:58 pm
by GEM Trail
Geek alert! I have spent much of today rewriting this thing. It definitely needs more work. There are no footnotes and almost nothing on county highpointing. But I like it a lot more than I did yesterday. :P