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HIGHPOINTERS CLUB e-Bulletin…

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The 2nd quarter issue of the newsletter with the 2010 Directory is out and on it’s
way. We had issues with the Post Office concerning delivery problems. You should
have this newsletter soon if not already and then others quickly as we catch up on
the 3rd and 4th quarters…

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Thursday – September 23rd, 2010

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In This IssueRoad and Highpoint UpdatesLinksFeatured Member WebsiteNuggets in the
ScreeMore Good Stuff…

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QUICK LINKSHomeThe Highpointers MercUpdate Your Count Address and Email Corrections
Newsletter SubmittalHighpointers FoundationMembershipClub InformationHighpointer’s
Connector BlogFAQ’s

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JOINRENEWGift MembershipsHERE ONLINENOW!

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Highpoint Liaisons & Helpers Needed…Highpoint Liaisonsare the Clubs points of
contact with the owners of a specific Highpoints and are the Clubs primary contact
with the owner.The Club needs Liaisons for:AK, AZ, NV, OR and WY in the West
Region. SD, MI and NE in the Midwest RegionAL, OK and Puerto Rico in the South
RegionThe Highpoint Helper Helpers offer a variety of services and may provide
directions, local conditions, tips, advice or perhaps even guide members. The Club
needs Helpers for: ID, WY, VA, WY, NV and MSHere’s your chance to help the Club and
meet other Highpointers in the process.Email Stony Burk at:
stonyburk1@yahoo.com(Updated 9-21-2010)

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HIGHPOINTERSHOTLINEThe easiest way to keep your HP Counts and Membership Information
updated..Give your updates, reports, address/ email changes, etc…Add Family
Members for free as long as they are at the same address as you.Remember – Voice and
Text Messages only.This phone is not manned. 865.660.0027

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Mountain Climbers Unhappy ASHFORD, Wash. (AP) – Mountain climbers aren’t happy
about a National Park Service proposal to boost the cost of a permit to climb Mount
Rainier by two-thirds and for Alaska’s Mount McKinley by 250 percent.The News
Tribune reports that Rainier park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga plans to propose to
the National Park Service that the fee for an annual Rainier climbing pass be
increased from $30 to as much as $50.The increase is needed to train climbing
rangers and other expenses, Uberuaga said. Future fee increases might be linked to
rises in the U.S. Consumer Price Index, he said.Three climbing activist groups
wrote to park service Director Jon Jarvis last week to protesting the increase and
a proposal to raise the climbing fee for Mount McKinley in Alaska’s Denali National
Park by 250 percent, from $200 to $500. More… This the National Park Service’s
site for kids of all ages. If you love our National Parks, Monuments and Historic
Sites, this site is for you. If you are new to the National Parks, this site helps
you experience how wonderful they can be. They’ve recently updated this site to
make it even more fun. You can now customize you Ranger Station, earn more rewards
and play new activities! Click ENTER.Kenton Merc Website…Kentonmercantile.netThe
Kenton Merchas a new website featuring info about the Merc and Kabins. Get local
links to area websites. Find out what’s going on before you get there.Highpoint
Visitation Dates, Times, etc…Illinois – Charles Mound Visitation 2010…Closed
for the Season!Jerimoth Hill Rhode Island…(Pronounced Jer-rye-moth)Open 7 days a
week from 8am to 4 pm. Please stay on gravel path and respect private properties in
the immediate area.White Butte North Dakota…The new owners, Daryle and Mary
Dennis, may be contacted via phone at (701) 879-6310 prior to visiting the
highpoint, however, it is not necessary.There is a $10 visitation fee per vehicle
payable at the trailhead.Mauna Kea Hawai’i…If you plan to visit the highpoint via
rental car, you must keep in mind that most auto rental companies do not allow
their vehicles to travel the Saddle Road that runs between Hilo and Kona.Harper Car
and Truck Rental is the only rental company the rents 4WD vehicles for this purpose
and you can take them to the top.1-800-852-9993Campbell Hill Ohio…Ohio Hi-Point
Career Centersits atop the highest point in Ohio. Now a school campus, the
highpoint is only accessible to the Public access Weekdays and Saturday.only.Mon -
Fri: 6:30am – 10:00pm Saturday: 6:30am – 3:30pmSpecial arrangements for visitation
may be made by contacting the Facilities and Grounds Department at: 937.599.3010 -
Ext. 211 Mount Washington Invite… Connect to this mountain s incredible weather
extremes through their website: MountWashington.org Webcams, Photos, Current
Weather Conditions, Observer Comments… Join their email list and get regular
updates.

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“CREW Members”Needed!!!The “CREW”needs your help for the Konventions and other
functions when available. An hour or two – what ever you can spare. Benefits
include:On the Job TrainingMaking new friendsMeeting and greeting many of the
convention attendeesA reserved seat at the banquet with fellow “CREW
Members”Recognition at the banquet for all your tremendous hard workGreat praise
from the host after it is finishedAll the goodies you can eat at the registration
tableThe satisfaction that you have given your club a valuable serviceEmail Nikki
Hemphill at greyghost92@yahoo.comor call 219-545-2169.

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Future Club ProjectsThe Highpointers Foundation is in the process of approving Funds
for projects we have plans for at: Woodall Mountain MS, Hoosier Highpoint IN,
Ebright Azimuth DE and Kings Peak at the Mountain View Ranger Station across the
border in WY.

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The 50 for Tibet Highpoint Challange50 For Tibet, and its members referred to as
Team Highpoint, is a Denver based non-profit foundation dedicated to spreading
knowledge of the Chinese occupation of Tibet by climbing the highest point of
elevation in all 50 of the United States. Team Highpoint s goal is to raise funds
for Tibet. 100% of the money raised goes directly to The Rowell Fund for Tibet Team
Highpoint has recently completed Highpoint #48! www.50ForTibet.org

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Helpful Links Adirondak Mountain ClubAmerican Alpine ClubAmericas RoofAmericas Roof
ForumAppalachian Mountain ClubApplachian Trail ConservancyBradford Washburn
Mountaineering MuseumCounty Highpoints Peakbagger.comSummitpost.orgThe Nature
ConservancyThe Trust for Public Land

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Featured Member Website”Highpointing” — Summiting United States Highpoints for Fun,
Fitness, Friends, Focus, and Folly.- Highpointer Tom Martin

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Guide ServicesJackson Hole Mountain Guidesoffers Highpointers Club members rates for
climbing Granite and Gannett Peaks. Their group size is usually 3-5 people and are
happy to arrange special trips to fit climbing requirements of a group. They also
have enough guides to provide assistance throughout the season even if their regular
trips are booked.Adventure Spirit Guides- Fellow Highpointer Kel Rossiter and Co.
are continuing forward with a strong collaboration with the Highpointers Club and
their commitment to helping its members acheive their summit goals, they’ve
announced dates for three special Winter Workshops. All are welcome on the Summit
Workshops Highpointer or otherwise.

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Spreading the Highpointers Gospel via PowerPoint… More Club Members are needed for
“The PowerPointHighpointing Presentation’s.” If interested, please contact Bill
Deitzer at: billdeitzer@nuvox.netor 513-777-4435.Please include your mailing address
with your offer to present. Bill will send you a CD with the PowerPointfile and
other helpful information. You are encouraged to personalize the presentation with
your own highpointing experiences. Brochures, and other club information, will be
sent to you as well.Local groups, civic groups and any like minded organization
would surely like this presentation. Here’s your chance to step up and help
Highpointing while doing it.Presentation usually includes:Explaining what
highpointing isWho and how the Club got startedNumber of Club members and number of
50 and lower 48 finishersHow state highpoints vary considerably in difficulty,
elevation and dangerThe Club s role in assisting members (Apex to Zenith newsletter,
conventions, guidebooks, Klimbin Kollaborator, maintaining access to highpoints,
etc…)Benefits of highpointing and club membershipWebsite address:
www.highpointers.org

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Highpointers Foundation’s Silent Auction Ends October 8th…October 8th at 6 pm EDT
is the deadline for the 5th edition of the Highpointers Foundation Silent Auction.
They have raised $1,810 in two years with this revenue generating mechanism.This
time offering a signed copy of Reinhold Messner’s seminal work “All Fourteen 8,000
Meter peaks ” covering everything that made him famous, from his first solo ascents,
to his oxygen-free climbs of most of the 8,000ers. Messner, was of course, the first
to stand atop these 14 mountains, a feat that has only been duplicated not quite two
dozen times in the 24 years since.The color photography is stunning, and worth
viewing in and of itself, without reading Messner’s text.Please consider a bid on
this hard cover, large format book, a fineaddition to any mountaineering library.
Proceeds will continue our goal of helping the privately owned state highpoints. We
were able to assist Osceola County Iowa earlier this year in purchasing a wooded lot
adjacent to the highpoint, which is being developed for use as a campground by weary
highpointers passing by with both RV and tent
facilities.www.highpointersfoundation.org/HPF/auction.html

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Benefits of Highpointers Club MembershipFour Quarterly issues per year of our Club
magazine, “Apex to Zenith”which includes:Current information on highpoint access and
restriction information 48 and 50 state completer articles which provide advice and
inspiration in reaching highpointing goals Searching for possible hiking and
climbing partners facilitating trip planning, expense sharing, safety and goal
attainments Information in the Mercantile Section listing in one place all books
covering highpoint exact locations and related adventures Provides information on
county highpointinge-Bulletins and Alerts consantly keeping you up to date on
Highpoint issues, closures and other last minute information. The annual members
directory with addresses provides the opportunity to contact local area like-minded
individuals. A wealth of information on Highpointing records and other related
acheivements. Eligible for achievement awards (patch, pins, completer plaques) and
for Club service awards.Voting privilege for selection of Directors and future Club
convention sites. Strong social aspect of belonging to a group of like-minded people
while supporting highpointing through the hobby s only organization. Supporting an
organization that demonstrates leadership and results with special projects.

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HP Events, Happenings, Info and Other Stuff…Panorama Point – Nebraska…The owner
of this highpoint requests that visitors stay on the lane and drive directly to and
from the highpoint. “Range Roving” with your vehicles is causing erosion problems
to the area. There can be late snows in spring so keep in mind, this road is not
plowed.Look for new signage and the the new information board provided by combined
efforts of the Highpointers Foundation and the Highpointers Club.Watch out for
Buffalo!*******Mount Katahdin – Maine…It is strongly suggested that you purchase
a Day Use Parking Reservation (DUPR)to guarantee your access to a Katahdin
trailhead as access trailhead parking is limited and the lots are often fully
reserved. Reserve a Parking Spot OnlineBy Phone: DUPR Reservation Line at (207)
723-3877. On September 7th the cut off time for using the day use reservation will
7:00. This change will be in effect for the remainder of the season.*******Granite
Peak – Montana & Gannet Peak – WyomingJackson Hole Mountain Guidesoffer club
members rates for climbing Granite and Gannett Peaks. Their group size is usually
3-5 people and are happy to arrange special trips to fit climbing requirements of a
group. They also have enough guides to provide assistance throughout the season
even if their regular trips are booked. They have been on most routes on both peaks
which would be helpful if a club member wants to try a particular
route.*******Hawkeye Point – Iowa…The Point has gained greater exposure with the
newly completed Highway 60 four lane expressway through Osceola County. The
expressway is intended to redirect commercial traffic between Minneapolis and
Council Bluffs through northwest Iowa. Hawkeye Point is just one eight of a mile
from Highway 60 and just two miles from the Minnesota border. A museum is planned
for the crib if money becomes available.. Several Highpointers Club have donated
money. The Highpointers Foundation has contributed $4,000 to the project and
indivual Highpointers are getting their name on a Wall of Recognition for donating
$50 or more.Send donations to: Hawkeye Point Project. c/o Osceola County Economic
Development Office, 300 Seventh St., Sibley IA, 51249.******* Beartooth Ranger
District – Montana…The Beartooth Ranger District reminds visitors that the
district-wide Food Storage Order went into effect on April 1st. This order is in
effect from April 1 through November 20 on an annual basis, and applies to both the
Beartooth and Pryor Mountain Units.The order requires that any unattended food be
stored in a locked bear-resistantcontainer, stored in a closed vehicle, or
suspended at least 10 feet off the ground.Beartooth Ranger District has installed
bear resistant food storage boxes in developed recreation facilities around Red
Lodge.For more information about the Food Storage Order, please contact the
Beartooth Ranger District at 406-446-2103. *******Black Mountain, Waiver…Black
Mountain in KY is privately owned by a coal company. There are active mines in the
area so the waivers are mandatory for visits. You MUSTfirst obtain this waiver by
clicking the link.Download the Waiver and Mail it to the address below. If for some
reason you cannot return it in time,please have it with you!!!Black Mountain KY
Waiver Download Here!Penn – Virginia Resource Partners, L.P.7 Sheridan Sq Ste
400Kingsport TN 37660-7451*******Mount Whitney CA…Year-round, everybody in theMt.
Whitney Zonemust possess a valid wilderness permit. Permits are issued only at the
Inter Agency Visitor Center, 1 mile south of Lone Pine CA. From May 1st – Nov 1st,
all use is regulated by limited entry quotas. Permits for the quota period may be
reserved in advance. Most permits for Mt. Whitney are reserved during the Mt.
Whitney Lottery, in February. For more information about obtaining wilderness
permits followthis link. For more info about the Mt. Whitney Lottery followthis
link NUGGETS in the Scree!Tishomingo State Park MS- Located in the foothills of the
Appalachian Mountains, is steeped in history and scenic beauty. The park takes its
name from the leader of the Chickasaw nation, Chief Tishomingo. Natchez Trace
Parkway, the premier highway of the early 1800s and a modern scenic parkway, runs
directly through the park.Wright’s Dairy Rite(Staunton VA)- This original Drive-In
has been serving visitors and residents of Staunton for over 50 years and continues
to offer quality, homemade food and delicious ice cream treats in a 1950′s
atmosphere. Just off I-81 with some of this states’ cheaper gas prices. Free
Wi-Fi.Natural Tunnel State Park (VA)- Called the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by
William Jennings Bryan, has been attracting sightseers to the mountains of
southwestern Virginia for more than 100 years offering visitors not only
spectacular sights but also swimming, camping, picnicking and hiking, (Thanks to
Mike Bayer)Send in your favorite places to visit, eat, stay or just plain hang out!
Some of the Highpoint entries on Wikipedia need some expert knowledge. Got some
expert knowledge to add? Try your hand at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_elevation

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The HighpointersMerc* t-Shirts * Caps * Books ** Award Plaques * Pins ** 5 State
Completion Patch ** Guidebooks and Much More *Highpointers Mercantile Attn: Jean
Trousdale 1416 Aladdin Street Norman, Oklahoma 73072-6039 (405) 329-6189Click Here
to Visit Site!!!

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“Three Day Weekends”Special in Central Wisconsin…Nearly twenty area hotels in the
Wausau WI (Central WI) area are helping you make the most of your travel budget by
offering Sunday Nights Free with a Friday and Saturday night stay. Pay the regular
published rate for Friday and Saturday night and you’ll get Sunday night free!
“Three Day Weekends” are available every weekend in 2010 so just Click Herefor more
information.

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Information, Conditions and Closures…Harney Peak – South Dakota”Lovely hike,
gorgeous views. Can be done via Sylvan Lake for a relatively short hike. For the
ambitious, it also be done from SW, Iron Creek Horse Camp Trailhead, or from N,
Willow Creek Horse Camp Trailhead, for longer hikes of about 12-14 miles.-
Highpointers Tom Beatini & Dina ScacchettiMount Whitney – California &
Boundry Peak – Nevada”Just got back from a week in the Sierra-Nevada. On Aug. 30th
I climbed Nevada’s Boundary Pk. and my permit for Mt. Whitney was for Sept. 1st and
2nd (I summited on the 2nd). My hike up Boundary was in about three inches of snow
after a freak storm. The weather for Whitney was spectacular as was the scenery.
Wow!”- Highpointer Mick DunnCharles Mound – IllnoisNow Closed for 2010! Look for
new open dates as we get them.- The Membership GuyMount Frissell – Connecticut” I
had mention this before but maybe another note should be updated. I have not
personally seen them but this year I have had two more reports from fellow hikers
near and on (close to the rock cairn) CT’s highpoint of rattle snakes. Be cautious
of the rock sections on the hike and at the summit.”- Highpointer Doug HerouxWhite
Butte – North Dakota”Everything posted in the 9/2/2010 Highpointers Club e-Bulletin
is true. The “road” from the mailbox to the old farmhouse described in the
directions is pretty rough. Furthermore, it started raining as we were coming down,
and driving out the “road” became DANGEROUSLY SLIPPERY (and) was like driving on
grease!”- Highpointers Tom Beatini & Dina Scacchetti”Directions indicate
driving on the 2 wheel tread road for .7 miles at the mailbox FYI unless you
have a high clearance vehicle (and we had a small rental car) DO NOT take a low
slung car along that track the center has grass that is more than a foot high in
places and the car could either start a fire OR get stuck neither of which you
want to do out in this fairly desolate area.”- Highpointer Jan Hernandez”…there
is no one living in the farm house described in Don Holmes’ guide book or on Summit
Post near White Butte. They do have a mailbox for donations to access the
highpoint. I don’t think the owners live on the land anymore. The number for the
Dennis’ that is on the Summit Post is still good though.”- Highpointers Sam &
Diane SpringerGranite Peak – Montana”If you’re planning to do the SW Couloir route
on Granite Peak MT this year (or any time you don’t have a good current condition
report), take an ice axe and crampons. The couloir is blocked with snow that would
be fairly easy to climb with ice axe and crampons, but bypassing it on the rocks to
the left involves about 30 feet of class-5 climbing. We made it without a rope, but
I wouldn’t want to do that again.”- Highpointer Bob Nungester (Posted on HP
Connector)Gannett Peak – Wyoming”Just a note to let you know that I successfully
summited Gannett Peak on Monday, July 26 at 2:15 pm. It was a steep and sometimes
scary climb, but the snow bridge on the bergschrund below the Gooseneck, although
narrow, was filled with a goodly amount of snow. It did get tedious, crampons on,
crampons off, etc., etc.”- Highpointer Bob KasparMount Elbert – Colorado”People
need to be aware of the south trail and the starting point. There has been
vandalism at the trailhead. There is also no markings for the trail from the ranger
road to where the trailhead is. We had the great opportunity to hike South Mt.
Elbert on 7/26/10 because I did not recognize this.”- Highpointer Greg
RickertHoosier Hill – Indiana”We just did Hoosier Hill on Monday (7-12-10). The
sign marking the turn off of the road is down. The sign post is still there though,
so we guessed correctly and found it.”- The Highpointing Grabot FamilyMount Rainier
- Washington “Due to the limited parking available at Paradise, a free shuttle from
Ashford is available and recommended.”
http://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/shuttle.htm- Highpointer Will MokszyckiMount
Arvon – Michigan”I visited this high point (Mount Arvon MI) on June 6. There are a
series of fairly high dirt berms in the road starting about 1/4 to 1/2 mile from
the high point. I think they are there to discourage vehicular traffic although I
was able to negotiate them with my AWD Ford Escape which has high clearance.
Prudence would dictate parking and walking the remaining route to avoid getting
high centered.” – Highpointer Mike Manson Henry Forks – Kings Peak – Utah “As Kings
Peak Liaisons, we would like to update highpointers who might be coming to Utah. We
summitted Kings Peak on Saturday, July 31st. Trail conditions were wet and muddy
from the beginning of the Henrys Fork Trailhead all the way to the summit. We
recommend waterproof boots and clothing. The washed out bridge at Elkhorn Crossing
has been replaced with three sturdy logs tied together for a reasonable crossing.
Mosquitoes were abundant but tolerable with bug spray. No water shortage for
purifying. Streams and lakes were full.. If anyone needs more information feel free
to e-mail us privately at blmsorenson@comcast.net.”- Highpointers Blaine &
Linda Sorenson

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Upcomming Dates and Events… 2010 Konvention:Florence AL – For MS. Oct 7th – 9th,
2010Wilderness Wildlife Week:Pigeon Forge TN Jan 8th – 15th, 20112011
Konvention:Bellefontaine OH July 15th – 17th, 2011

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