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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

[Published in Apex to Zenith #54 – Third Quarter 2001] 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 … Continue reading

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Dave Kennedy – A Gannet Peak Story – 50 Completion

[Published in Apex to Zenith #54 – Third Quarter 2001] [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 … Continue reading

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John Lent: Mountains, Marathons and Memories – 50 Completions

[Published in Apex to Zenith #54 – Third Quarter 2001] 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 … Continue reading

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Kenny Pokora – Sunrise and Snowstorm: 50 Completions

[Published in Apex to Zenith #54 – Third Quarter 2001] 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 … 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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Bill Smith’s Quest Spans 8 Years, from 1991 to 1999

[Published in Apex to Zenith #52 – First Quarter 2001] “I never met a highpoint I didn’t like.” Having our first cold snap of the year in Shreveport (November 9, 2000), the temperature at 40d under beautiful blue skies reminded … Continue reading

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Jay Wiener’s Long and Winding Road Takes Him to 48 Peaks

[Published in Apex to Zenith #51 – Fourth Quarter 2000] “…my guide Allan was killed in a fall, while we were climbing the Grand Teton together…I needed lots of diversion to recover from that experience.” An ABC television series of … Continue reading

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James Reilly Finishes the 48 Contiguous States on Granite Peak

[Published in Apex to Zenith #51 – Fourth Quarter 2000] “…the weather joined the party. It just rolled in…we clawed and grabbed at that mountain til our fingers bled.” Time: End of May, 1999. Situation: deep snow, alone, and on … Continue reading

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Mike Clemens Is Flying High After Finish the 48!

[Published in Apex to Zenith #51 – Fourth Quarter 2000] Highlight on Mount Mitchell: “going for an evening stroll, and stumbling on a moonshiner’s camp in the woods.” Okay, I’ve put this off long enough, hoping to snag Denali for … Continue reading

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