The of the 2015 Highpointers Convention at Hawkeye Point is being held this weekend (July 23-25) and it is getting a lot of coverage in the local media.
*KIWA Radio (interview with Osceola County Economic Development Director Mike Earll)
*Sioux City Journal (youtube interview with Mike Earll)
*KICD (interview with convention host Jim Sutton)
Jack Parsell who was one of the original highpointers to attend the first highpointers convention in Michigan and who attended almost every convention afterwards. Jack was famed for his tripoint and low point books.Here’s an interview with him in 2003
John Jack Baker who won a Vin Hoeman Award in 1999 and was a former member of the Club Board of Directors passed on May 27, 2015. Per the legacy obituary
Welcome to Iowa 2015! Your host Jim Sutton, co-host Don Holmes, coordinator Nikki Hemphill and The Crew invite you to attend what we hope will be the largest convention in High-pointers Club history! We want you to make Convention #29 the #1 in attendance! To that end, we are planning a variety of events for the whole family, including some activities never seen or done before! Please start your planning now to join us next July. Here are some of the details:
The Highpointers Annual Convention and Membership Meetings rotate from region to region and are held in one of four geographical areas in the United States each year.
For those who have the “Highpoint Calling” they’re an almost religious experiences where you meet others obsessed with our noble and unique hobby.
Many of our pages are not yet put in the blog, but here’s a little history of the previous conventions and their respective pages along with some photo galleries.
Highpointer Matt Moniz survived the avalanche that killed at least 18 people at the Everest base camp on Saturday, April 28. Here’s an interview with him on Colorado Public Radio. (audio) Matt’s facebook page
Matt’s profile as associate director at Highpointers Foundation.
Connecticut Outdoors has a nice article “Reaching the Top of America” by Dirk Langefled that includes an interview with Club President Time Webb.
We are thrilled to see the first trailer Gary Scurka and Kathleen Wolffe’s new film American Highpoints by Every Step Productions. Gary and Kathleen have attended club conventions and interviewed numerous members in the preparation for their movie.
Thanks Heyward Douglass, executive director of the Foothills Trail Conference, for the shoot out of the Highpointers Club in a wonderful article about the new viewing platform on Sassafras Mountain that appeared in the Citizen-Times on February 9, 2015, in article by Karen Chavez headlined, “Highest Point in SC to get view on NC Border.” The shootout included:
Heyward said the iconic status of Sassafras as the highest point in South Carolina has been known for decades, but it has been a place hard to reach, especially for those in the Highpointers Club, a national group of hikers that attempts to reach the highest point in each of the 50 states…Douglass said the new platform will serve many functions — a notch in the belt for the Highpointers, a starting, ending or resting point for those traversing the Foothills Trail, another destination of note for South Carolina’s tourism office (maybe even in time for fall foliage season), and another place to stop and wonder at the region’s natural beauty.