Gearjunkie.com article on highpointing

Gearjunkie has a spectacuarly well written on article on highpointing “Highpointing: Climb To The Top Of 50 States” which really captures the spirit of the hobby. Here’s an excerpt.

High on Denali, John Mitchler took out a pencil to write a list. It was the summer of 2003, and as wind tore into the fabric of his cramped tent, he knew the end was near.

“I decided to write a list of all the people I’d climbed with over the years,” he said. “McKinley [Denali] was to be my final mountain.”

Mitchler didn’t perish on that high Alaskan peak. Indeed, his party soon made the mountain’s 20,320-foot summit.

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News Coverage of Highpointers Convention in Montana


The Carbon County News in Red Lodge, Montana, has a nice article on the Highpointers convention.

Convention organizer John Mitchler was quoted in the article:

The toughest climb for Mitchler is Granite Peak.

“It’s nasty. It’s hands on rock climbing. There are two routes, the one from the north is very smooth, but from the south it is loose rock and a real challenge. Most of these (highpoints) are hikes with backpacks, so Granite is more of a snow climb,” he said.

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Lucy Westlake at 12 Claims to Be Youngest to Summit the Lower 48


Congratulations Lucy Westlake of Naperville, Illinois, who was 12 years, 8 months and 18 days old when she claimed to be the youngest girl to complete all 48 states. The article notes that the family does not have a television and instead travels.

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Headlines for your Thursday

We’re on the backside of the week and headed for the weekend.  If you are still trying to settle into the office or get your day started, here are four good reads for your morning.

Ever cycled to the top of Mt. Washington?  Here’s a story of working through adversity to do just that.

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Highpointers Club Facebook August Photo Contest

Here’s the Highpointers Club Facebook August Photo Contest.

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Weekend Roundup


If you missed it, here’s a round up highpointing related news from over the weekend.  Did we miss something?  If so, share it in the comments!

This is not so much news as it is just a cool picture from one of the observatories on Mauna Kea.

We posted this one on Facebook yesterday, but it was too good not to share here.  A family has a great story about a tough hike and making a new friend on Mt. Washington.

Unfortunately, there is sad news coming from Mt. Whitney.  John Lee, a hiker who had been missing since Tuesday, was found dead Sunday.

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What’s the word?

Sitting around this morning?  Sip on that coffee a little longer and check out this collection of links that may be of interest to highpointers.

Even though many in this group had summited Mt. Everest many times, they became the first Nepalese citizens to summit Denali via the West Rib.

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2016 Highpointers Convention August 12-13 at Red Lodge, Montana

The Belt of Venus
The 30th annual Highpointers Convention will be held August 12-13, 2016 at Red Lodge, Montana. John Mitchler will be hosting. Here’s a summary.
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Member 72 Year Old Kathy Clark Seeks to Be Oldest Woman To Summit Denali

Kathy Clark, who is 72, is seeking to be the oldest to summit Denali. According to the Clarion Peninsula which profiled her on July 7, 2016 she is training 3 to 4 hours a day. Her most difficult climb so far was Borah where she climbed and descented 6,000 feet in 12 hours and felt nausea in the 100 degree heat at the base. She drove herself to the hospital.

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Congratulations Cops on Top on the 2016 Summit Climbs


Congratulations Cops on Top on another widely attempt to have climbers on top of all 50 states celebrating fallen police officers. Details of the event are on their facebook page.

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