Karin Harmon, executive director of “Friends of Kings Peak,” who received a 2013 Paul Zumwalt Award for work on the summit in Utah sent the following note thanking the club for the award as well as Highpoint Liaison Stony Burk for the trail junction sign at Henry’s Fork.
Dear Stony and all of the Highpointers Club members,
Our August work trip went very well, and the rangers and our volunteer crew traveled to Bear Lake to continue to clean and naturalize campsites that are located too close to the lake. It was the last four day tour for the Friends of Kings Peak intern Eric Szumlas. Eric has been accepted to Clemson University’s Masters Degree program for Wildlife Biology and needed to return to South Carolina. I was very sad to see him go, as he and Zack (the U.S. Forest Service volunteer who worked with him) have been a wonderful team in the Henry’s Fork basin and have hauled so much trash out of the area. The area is looking much better than it did a few years ago.
Imagine my surprise to see the package from the Highpointers Club when I returned home Sunday night after a weekend in the woods with our volunteers! I’m so honored to receive the Paul Zumwalt Award for volunteerism at Utah’s highest peak. Thank you very much for your recognition and award. I would also like to thank the Highpointers Club and Stony Burk especially, for creating the new trail junction signs for the Henry’s Fork basin and the three new signs for the south slope as well as the donation of the bench to be placed at the trailhead. You have all been so kind and incredibly helpful with our mission in the King’s Peak area. Thank you.
On Eric’s last tour in Henry’s Fork, he met a gentleman and his family who were camped in the area. He had climbed 49 of the highest peaks in the country already and saved Utah’s Kings Peak as his last one. This individual brought several family members with him to help commemorate achieving his lofty goal. Eric was so very impressed to have met him and marveled at his determination and commitment to finish all of the peaks.
Again, thank you so much for your help, for the Paul Zumwalt Award and for the wonderful new signage and bench for this lovely area. I hope you all have a chance to visit soon. Keep climbing!
Friends of Kings Peak
The new Kings Peak sign.
Friends of Kings Peak picking up trash.