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Oral History of First 10 48 Completers

Charlie Feris (48 completer #11) gave a presentation on the first 10 48 completers during the 2010 Highpointers Convention. There is a colorful cast of characters and Charlie met most of them.

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Mike Clemens Becomes First to Complete 50 States Solo

With a solo ascent of Mt. McKinley in May/June 2001, Mike Clemens becomes the first person to complete the 50 highpoints solo! A couple of issues ago, I sent in a write-up on my 48 completion, since I was thwarted … Continue reading

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Dave Kennedy – A Gannet Peak Story – 50 Completion

Click for bigger picture [Ed. Note – Dave has kept us informed of his exploits by sending us newspaper coverage of his quest. An excellent article (photos, tables, maps, etc.) was run in the Fresno Bee. This article resides in … Continue reading

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John Lent: Mountains, Marathons and Memories – 50 Completions

It was the Fourth of July 2001 and Mary Ann and I were celebrating something really special. Not only were we celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary on the 4th of July, but we were also about to stand on top … Continue reading

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Kenny Pokora – Sunrise and Snowstorm: 50 Completions

Donna, my wife, and I started backpacking in 1978 with a trip to Bryce Canyon in Utah. In the years that followed, we visited many National and State parks throughout the United States car camping and numerous backpacking trips into … Continue reading

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Kenyon Stebbins – 48-Completer #6 by age 14

As for a paragraph of my thoughts on being a “younger” highpointer, here’s my off-the-top-of-my-head thoughts. Now at age 51, as I look back on highpointing as a kid, I have nothing but wonderful memories. I went to dad’s immaculate … Continue reading

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Steve and Liz Fellstrom Finish 50 Together

Liz and I, grandparents of four with a fifth due shortly, started our highpointing adventure in 1994, when, as members of the Seattle Mountaineers, I convinced her to take the Seattle Mountaineers basic climbing course.

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Dale Stutsman is First of Five to Finish During Hawaii Convention

What a long wonderful journey it has been. When I reached the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, with my wife to be on July 20, 2000, at 9:50 a.m., I completed my quest to stand on the highest point in … Continue reading

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Henri Butler Endures A Rollercoaster Journey for 50

Chris & I decided it would be a respectful gesture to summit [Jerimoth] on 9-26-97, the day our dad passed away.  We sat on the rocks talking and remembering.    The joy of the accomplishment [of McKinley] mixed with the … Continue reading

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Glen Van Vliet Follows His Brother to Complete 50

Closure is a beautiful thing. On my third attempt on Denali within six years, I reached my 50th on June 20th with Rich White (who recently completed on Rainier). Big Mac remains awesome and awful at the same time and … Continue reading

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