A 52 Completer Could be in the Future Thanks to California Ballot Measure to Split State into Three

Thanks, Devin Cook

Mt. San Antonio (10,068 ft) may have the opportunity to replace Mt. Whitney as the highpoint of California after enough signatures were submitted to allow Californians to vote on a ballot measure to split the Golden State into three.

The three states would be named California, Northern California and Southern California.

Mt. San Antonio, also known as Mount Baldy, the highest point in Los Angeles County, would be the highpoint of the new California.  Mt. Whitney would retain its status as a highpoint, only now being the highest point in Southern California.  Mt. Shasta, another 14er in California at 14,179 ft, would be the highest point in Northern California.

So, could becoming a 52 Completer be in a highpointer’s future?  Many experts warn that you may not want to put your crampons on yet.  Should the measure pass, it would almost be certain to head for a court date.  Depending on that outcome, the California Legislature may have to approve the measure, never mind the United States Congress, which once failed to act on a measure to split California into two states in the decade prior to the start of the Civil War.

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Comparing Highpoints to Tallest Buildings in a State

Most highpointers have a general idea of which states boast highpoints with higher elevations than other states, but what about tallest buildings?  Seems like a list someone could get behind trying to complete.  Business Insider posted a story about the tallest building in each state.  Before we get going, the list does not take the natural elevation of where the building stands into account. Instead, it is just the actual height of the building.  Here’s a look at a few highlights:

While Alaska’s Denali measures up as the highest point in the United States and all of North America’s, it’s tallest building, the Conco-Phillips Building (296 feet) in Anchorage, does not even measure up to Florida’s Britton Hill, much less Florida’s tallest building, Panorama Tower in Miami (868 feet).

Speaking of Panorama Tower, it is one of three buildings on the list that has an elevation taller than its state’s natural highpoint. One Shell Square in New Orleans (697 feet) stands taller the Pelican State’s highpoint Driskill Mountain (535 feet).  Willis Tower (1729 feet) in Chicago would loom over Illinois’s highest natural point, Charles Mound (1235 feet) as well.  Even if you only measure to the roof (1450 feet) or the observation deck on the 103rd floor (1353 feet), the building’s height would still surpass Charles Mound.

New York boasts the tallest building in the United States, One World Trade Center (1776 feet) in Manhattan.  The shortest, tallest building in a state?  That title goes to Decker Towers in Burlington, Vermont.  This eleven-story apartment building measures to 124 feet.

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50 Completer stories on the web

Whetting your appetite for the First Quarter issue to arrive in your mailbox.

Here is a video of Mark Birkett becoming a 50 Completer on Kings Peak, Utah.

Will Stoll has created a nice Powerpoint slideshow of his 20 year adventure in becoming a 50 Completer.

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Scholarship deadline is April 30, 2018

The Highpointers Club offers a scholarship for college-bound or college-enrolled family members of the Highpointers Club to celebrate the education of our youth. Last year’s winner was Joel Wilner. His winning essay was published in Issue #118 – Third Quarter 2017 of the Apex to Zenith newsletter.

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2018. Please submit your application to newsletter@highpointers.org. The winner will be announced at the Dinner Banquet of the AR-18 Arkansas convention on June 30, 2018.

More information about the scholarship can be found here. The application form (and eligibility requirements) is here (PDF).

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Charles Mound 2018 Access Dates Announced

Highpointers hoping to reach the top of Illinois will have five weekend opportunities in 2018 as the access dates for Charles Mound have been announced.

For those looking for a winter accent to the top of The Prairie State, access will be granted on February 17 and 18.  However, the lane leading to the highest point will not be plowed.

After February, highpointers will have to wait until the first full weekend of the summer months to reach the top of Charles Mound.  Access to the highpoint will be available June 2 and 3, July 7 and 8, August 4 and 5, and September 1 and 2.

Charles Mound sits on private property in Illinois, and it should be treated as such.  The property owners, The Wuebbels, love highpionters and are gracious hosts with just three firm rules for visitors:

  1. No cars up in our lane.
  2. No pets
  3. No visitors after dark.

Set your car GPS to “688 West Charles Mound Road, Scales Mound, IL”. Their private lane is not marked except for a blue “688” along the road. Do not crowd the country road. Park on one side off the blacktop so that farm equipment can pass through. From this country road, it’s about a 1.25 mile walk up the lane to the summit.

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Issue #119 of “Apex to Zenith” Fourth Quarter 2017

Topic Page
48 Finishers
• Brian Council
• Norman Michaels
• Don Smalley
9 – 10, 27
50 Completers
• Steve Eilertson
• Nigel Roberts
• Joan Zardus
2, 7 – 9
50 and 48 4
Article – Virginia 18
Ask a Guide 22 – 24
Difficulty Rating 14
Errata 12
Highpoint Updates
• Illinois – Charles Mound
• Kentucky – Black Mountain
• Louisiana – Driskill Mountain
• Nevada – Boundary Peak
21
Klimbin’ Kollaborator 12
Le Cache 11
Lists! – Second Lap 27
ARKANSAS 2018 16 – 17
Merc 15
Milestones 20 – 21, 28 – 30
More Than 50 13
New Members 13
Obituary – Fred Beckey 19
President’s Message 12
S.O.S. #45 Safe Hiking 25 – 26
Tri-state Points Online 11
World HPs – Canada’s 3rd Completer 19

If you are interested in this back issue, please contact the newsletter editor (newsletter@highpointers.org).

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2018 Highpointers Convention June 28-30 at Magazine Mountain

The 32nd Highpointers Club Convention will be held at “The Lodge at Mount Magazine” in Mount Magazine State Park which is on top of the state highpoint Magazine Mountain. The action happens from June 28 to June 30, 2018.

How many Conventions have been held entirely on top of a highpoint? This is the one! All activities will be held on this highpoint and there should be enough lodging and camping for everyone (provided we double up our rooms). The Lodge itself is a 15 minute walk from Signal Hill, the true highpint.

Convention Schedule
Thu June 28
Registration from 10AM – 5PM in The Lodge
Icebreaker Social (not part of convention fee) 5PM, location TBD
Fri June 29
Registration & Merc from 9AM – 5PM in The Lodge
Hiking, Climbing, and Workshops, schedule TBD
Liar’s Club Social, 5PM in the Pavilion at the Visitors Center; beer and food trucks will be present so bring cash
Sat June 30
Registration & Merc from 9AM – 5PM in The Lodge
Pancake Breakfast, schedule TBD
Board Meeting, 10AM in banquet room at The Lodge
Wendy Comstock Watermelon Feast, 1PM, at the summit
Hiking, Climbing, and Workshops, schedule TBD
Annual Banquet, 5PM in The Lodge

Accommodations
Accommodations on top of Magazine Mountain will be limited. The Lodge has 60 rooms ($127-$143) and 13 cabins ($175-$319), so PLEASE share by doubling up and ordering a cot. Get Cozy. Make new friends.

Nikki Hemphill will coordinate room sharing, so you must contact her before you book a room. If you need a bed, let her suggest roommates for you.

Thank you Kathy Dalsaso for negotiating these amazing rates for us.

There is lodging down the hill in Clarksville (north, along I-40) and Russellville (east, along I-40). The 2-lane winding roads from these towns consume much of an hour to reach The Lodge. Kathy reserved two blocks of rooms in Clarksville: Quality Inn (479) 764-3000 ($65) and Holiday Inn Express (479) 705-7600 ($101). There is also a Hampton Inn and Best Western.

Mount Magazine State Park campground has 18 sites with hookups. Additional campgrounds of Blue Mountain Lake and Cove Lake are nearby. Consider this option; many Highpointers will be there.

The Lodge has a nice restaurant and thirty minutes to the north is Paris, AR, with local restaurants and fast food.

READ THIS!
There is limited lodging at Mount Magazine State Park. Rooms and campsites are filling up quick. If you’d like a roommate, contact Nikki Hemphill at greyhost92@yahoo.com or leave her a message at (219) 545-2169. Please consider the motels in nearby Clarksville and Russellville.

READ THIS!
When you submit your registration form and check, Guy will respond with an email confirming your registration along with a unique Identification Number assigned to you, along with your t-shirt sizes.

PLEASE bring this email to the convention and present it at the registration table. This will make the registration process move quicker and should eliminate confusion and complaints.

READ THIS!
The banquet hall has a legal capacity of around 200. Once our registration reaches the maximum, we won’t be able to allow more inside, therefore, mail your registration to Guy Shaddoxx now! We anticipate this to be a sell out, and because of this limitation there will be NO WALK IN registration at this convention.

Registration Form
The registration form can be downloaded here (PDF).

For convention questions, contact Host Alan Ritter at jar@mtritter.org (314) 488-1139
For registration questions, contact Treasurer Guy Shaddoxx at guyshaddoxx@gmail.com
For lodging questions, contact Nikki Hemphill at greyghost92@yahoo.com

Details on distances, nearby sites, outdoor activities and more can be found in the Apex to Zenith Newsletter #118 Third Quarter 2017 – pages 18-20.

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Issue #118 of “Apex to Zenith” Third Quarter 2017

Topic Page
48 Finishers
• Judy and Billy McDonough
9 – 10, 35
50 Completers
• Kevin Baker
• Bob and Sharon Dawson
• Pete Deshler
• Bruce Freedman
• Derek Rutledge
2, 7 – 9
50 and 48 4 – 6
Article – Eclipse! 24 – 25
Ask a Guide 26
Book Review – Highpointing for Tibet 16
Editor’s Note 11
Errata 11
Highpoint Updates
• California – Mt Whitney
• Canada
• Colorado – Mt Elbert
• Hawaii – Mauna Kea
• Illinois – Charles Mound
• Maine – Katahdin
• Maryland – Hoye Crest
• Michigan – Mt Arvon
• Minnesota – Eagle Mountain
• New Jersey – High Point
• New York – Mt Marcy
• North Dakota – White Butte
• Puerto Rico – Cerro de Punta
• South Carolina – Sassafras Mountain
• Tennessee – Clingmans Dome
• Utah – Kings Peak
28 – 29
Klimbin’ Kollaborator 11
Le Cache 11
Lists! – golf courses 17
Lists! – moon 17
MASSACHUSETTS 2017 31 – 35
ARKANSAS 2018 18 – 20
Memoriabilia 20
Merc 21
Milestones 29 – 31
New Members 13
Obituary – Freddie Carter 15
Obituary – Joyce Parsell 16
President’s Message 12
S.O.S. #44 Driving Revisited 26
Scholarship 22 – 23
Tri-state Points 14
Website 12

If you are interested in this back issue, please contact the newsletter editor (newsletter@highpointers.org).

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Joyce Parsell Passes Away

The Highpointers Club is saddened by the death of Joyce Parsell.  Joyce had conquered 37 state highpoints and 40 state low points. 

Joyce’s husband, Jack, wrote the first definitive guide for tripointing, and Joyce was his partner in these adventures, visiting 38 tri-points. 

Joyce passed away peacefully on Oct. 4.  Her daughter, Susan, has asked that any donations in her honor be sent to the Highpointers Club Scholarship Fund.

Joyce and Jack were featured in an interview in one of the club newsletters in 2003.

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State Highpoints May Offer Amazing View of 2017 Total Eclipse

With a new observation tower and a cleared top, Sassafras Mountain might be a prime spot to view the 2017 total solar eclipse.

With a cleared top and hopes of a new observation tower, Sassafras Mountain might be a prime spot to view the 2017 total solar eclipse.

[Ed: Club members may want to read the updated article (with times) “Two Minute Highpoint Party or ‘Highpointing In the Dark'” in Issue #117 – Second Quarter 2017 of the newsletter (in your mailboxes now)].

For the first time in nearly a century, a total solar eclipse will be visible across the United States, and given the projected path of totality, highpointers may be able to head to the top of  a few different states to watch the event unfold.

The Washington Post recently posted an article showing the projected path, and Eclipse2017.org gives more detailed listings of where the eclipse can be seen in totality.

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