Joyce Parsell Passes Away

The Highpointers Club is saddened by the death of Joyce Parsell.  Joyce had conquered 37 state highpoints and 40 state low points. 

Joyce’s husband, Jack, wrote the first definitive guide for tripointing, and Joyce was his partner in these adventures, visiting 38 tri-points. 

Joyce passed away peacefully on Oct. 4.  Her daughter, Susan, has asked that any donations in her honor be sent to the Highpointers Club Scholarship Fund.

Joyce and Jack were featured in an interview in one of the club newsletters in 2003.

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State Highpoints May Offer Amazing View of 2017 Total Eclipse

With a new observation tower and a cleared top, Sassafras Mountain might be a prime spot to view the 2017 total solar eclipse.

With a cleared top and hopes of a new observation tower, Sassafras Mountain might be a prime spot to view the 2017 total solar eclipse.

[Ed: Club members may want to read the updated article (with times) “Two Minute Highpoint Party or ‘Highpointing In the Dark'” in Issue #117 – Second Quarter 2017 of the newsletter (in your mailboxes now)].

For the first time in nearly a century, a total solar eclipse will be visible across the United States, and given the projected path of totality, highpointers may be able to head to the top of  a few different states to watch the event unfold.

The Washington Post recently posted an article showing the projected path, and gives more detailed listings of where the eclipse can be seen in totality.

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Issue #117 of “Apex to Zenith” Second Quarter 2017

Topic Page
50 Completers
• Tom Renaud
• Alison Schenk
2, 5
50 and 48 4
Article – Eclipse! 15
Article – Into Thick Air 36
Article – Origin of State Highpoint Names 27 – 31
Awards 12 – 13
Club Conventions 14
Club Operations Map 9
Completers Records 38 – 40
Completers pre-1959 41
Completers 48 45 – 46
Completers 50 42 – 44
Completers Lowpoints 9
Completers Tri-state Points 9
Editor’s Note 6
Errata 6
Guides and Outfitters 37
HP Difficulty Rating 10
HP Location Map 20
HPs Recognized by the Club 11
Highpoint Updates
• Alaska – Denali
• California – Mt Whitney
• Hawaii – Mauna Kea
• Illinois – Charles Mound
• Ohio – Campbell Hill
• Rhode Island – Jerimoth Hill
• Tennessee – Clingmans Dome
• Wisconsin – Timms Hill
18 – 19
How to Claim Credit for HPs 11
How the Club Began 8
Klimbin’ Kollaborator 9
Le Cache 6
Lists! – Contiguous 48 Ultras 21
MASSACHUSETTS 2017 24 – 26
Memoriabilia – postcards 16 – 17, 19
Merc 23
Milestones 32 – 36, 47
New Members 7, 22
Obituary – Miles Luke 22
Obituary – Ozzie 22
Obituary – Steve Fellstrom 22
President’s Message 6
Quiz – HP Geography 7
S.O.S. #41 Sunblocks and Sunscreens – part 2 or 2 20
Scholarship 8
Website 8

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A 51st Highpoint? Puerto Ricans Vote in Statehood Referendum

Cerro de Punta, the highpoint of Puerto Rico (Credit: Ratzer1 | Wikipedia)


Highpointers may have to find a way to reach a 51st highpoint as Puerto Ricans headed to the polls Sunday to vote on a statehood referendum.

Voters were presented with the option to vote for independence/free association, keeping the status quo, or statehood.  The result of the vote, known as a plebiscite, is non-binding as the United States Congress would have to formally set forth conditions for statehood, and this not required in response to the vote.

However, let’s go down the rabbit hole and assume that the vote comes back supporting statehood (a strong possibility as many who oppose statehood are boycotting the vote), and Congress votes to extend statehood to Puerto Rico.

If Puerto Rico were to become a state, it’s highpoint is Cerro de Punta, a 4,390 foot mountain in the Cordillera Central, a mountain range that divides the island.  On a clear day, San Juan, which is 75 miles away, can be seen. 

The mountain’s elevation would place it between Kentucky’s Black Mountain and Vermont’s Mount Mansfield in elevation ranking. 

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Opportunity to Learn about Geocaching at the 2017 Massachusetts Convention

While chasing down the 50 highpoints, several highpointers dive into other adventures such as tripointing and lowpointing.  At the 2017 Highpointers Massachusetts Convention, highpointers will get the chance to learn about another hobby–geocaching.

For the uninitiated, geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.

Some state highpoints, such as Backbone Mountain, Maryland, have geocaches hidden on them.  

Club members will have the opportunity to mingle with the geocachers of Berkshire GeoBash during the Massachusetts 2017 Highpointers Convention “Afternoon Delight” at Freight Yard Pub in North Adams on Friday, July 21st. The fun starts at 1 PM and goes until the last person crawls home at close.

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Climbing season begins at Denali National Park

KTUU (Talkeetna, AK) is reporting that the climbing season for Denali National Park is starting. According to park spokeswoman Maureen Gualtieri “We’re expecting a pretty typical season in terms of the numbers of visitors numbers of climbers on the two peaks.”

Read the full article for more details.

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Wall Street Journal’s Jon Kamp takes a look at Highpointing and Britton Hill

The Wall Street Journal’s Jon Kamp took a look at the quest of various highpointers and the role Florida’s Britton Hill plays in the adventure.


It’s no Denali, but in the run for 50, each highpoint counts the same.

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Issue #116 of “Apex to Zenith” First Quarter 2017

Topic Page
48 Finishers
• Donny Roush
2, 6
50 and 48 5
Article – Ask a Guide – Can I Climb Gannett Peak? 12
Article – Highpointing with Kids 14
Article – Into Thick Air 19
Article – When HPs are not HPs 15
Board of Directors Election 25
Call for Awards 9
Completer Firsts, by State 4
County Highpointing 15
Editor’s Note – Dues Graph 10
Editor’s Note – Members by Count 11
Errata 6
Gathering in Arizona 7
Highpoint Updates
• Arizona – Humphreys Peak
• Colorado – Mt Elbert
• Illinois – Charles Mound
• Louisiana – Driskill Mountain
• Maine – Mt Katahdin
• Maryland – Backbone Mountain
• Nebraska – Panorama Point
• Nevada – Boundary Peak
• New York – Mt Marcy
• North Dakota – White Butte
• Ohio – Campbell Hill
• Oklahoma – Black Mesa
• Rhode Island – Jerimoth Hill
20 – 25
Klimbin’ Kollaborator 13
Le Cache 8
Lists! – Second Lap 26
MASSACHUSETTS 2017 16 – 19
Membership 9
Merc 27
Milestones 2, 28 – 31
New Members 9
President’s Message 8
Quiz – HP Geography 11
S.O.S. #40 Skin Cancer – part 1 or 2 7
Scholarship 7

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2016 Brought a Spike in Visitors to Mt. Mitchell State Park

Though it is the highest point east of the Mississippi River, Mt. Mitchell is one of the more accessible highpoints.  A drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway takes one to Mt. Mitchell State Park.  From there, one can drive to a parking lot near the summit and hike a short distance on a paved route to the summit. 

In 2016, more people took advantage of this park than in previous years as Mt. Mitchell State Park, home of North Carolina’s highpoint and highest point of the Eastern United States, saw an over 25% increase in visitors in 2016 over 2015.

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Panorama Point Now Open


Panorama Point is open!  As we go through the rest of winter and the early parts of spring, one can anticipate that there will be other temporary closures to Nebraska’s highpoint.  

We’ll keep you updated.



Panorama Point, the highpoint of Nebraska, is currently closed due to road conditions.

Please do not attempt to walk the road as bison roam within the fence.

Thanks for your cooperation.

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