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.
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.
2016-2017 Highpointers Board of Directors, Red Lodge, Montana convention
Left to right Ray Nelson (ex-officio), Alan Ritter, James Arnold Brown Jr. (Bomber), Ruth Anne Heselbarth, Gary Szelc, Kathy Dalsaso, Tim Webb, Nikki Hemphill, Mark Comstock, Mick Dunn, Marion Bauman, Don Holmes, George Paynter, John Keator, John Mitchler (ex-officio)
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.
Here’s the Highpointers Club Facebook August Photo Contest.
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.
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.
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.
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.