Important Update Concerning Charles Mound Access

A view from the highpoint of Illinois

We are pleased to announce that we are able to confirm the summer open dates for 2024 at Charles Mound. The open dates will be:
June 1-2
July 6-7
August 3-4
September 7-8

Just a reminder that this is private land, so please be respectful during your visit. The owners ask that, as before, you park on the road and walk from there, no vehicles on their lane, and no pets. Please time your visit to occur during daylight hours. 

We want to once again thank the Wuebbels for the many years of visitation and thank the new owners for continuing to graciously allow access. 

A to Z Issue 140 in the Mail Now

Issue 140 of Apex to Zenith is arriving in mailboxes now. Be on the look out for some fantastic content, information about the Board of Directors election, and the latest on our 2024 South Dakota Konvention!

Important update on Charles Mound, the Illinois Highpoint

As some of you may know, the Illinois highpoint, Charles Mound, is for sale. Given the potential for new owners we are unable to confirm open access dates at this time. We are asking that highpointers do not visit until we can confirm the summer open dates. We will be updating the website as soon as we are able to get confirmation. We unfortunately cannot predict at this time when we may get final confirmation, so please take that into account when making your summer travel plans.

Highpointers have had access to this location on open weekends over the past 21 years, and we have nothing but appreciation and gratitude to Wayne and Jean Weubbels for allowing us access to their property all of these years.

The club hopes to establish a similar agreement with any new property owners. After new owners have had time to move in, we will hopefully be able to work out an agreement with them concerning access and confirm access dates. We ask that everyone respect this private property and all other highpoints on both private and public land.

We wish the Wayne and Jean nothing but the best in their future endeavors, and we hope any new property owners enjoy this special area for many years to come.

The following dates are the Illinois access dates that are pending confirmation:

June 1st-2nd

July 6th-7th

August 3rd-4th

September 7th-8th

Paul Horsted added to South Dakota Konvention Lineup

The countdown to the Konvention is on.

Be sure not to miss the 2024 Highpointers Konvention banquet at the Best Western Ramkota in Rapid City on the evening of Saturday, July 20th.  Black Hills historian, author and photographer Paul Horsted will be on hand as our distinguished keynote speaker.  Paul’s program will focus on both the 1874 Black Hills Expedition that explored Black Elk Peak as well as the 2016 survey of Black Elk Peak which established the elevation of South Dakota’s highest peak at 7, 231 feet.

For more information, check out Paul’s website at https://www.paulhorsted.com.

Online registration for Konvention attendance at https://highpointers.regfox.com/2024-highpointers-konvention-registration-sd-24.

Deadline to Renew/Join/Update Membership before Issue 140 is coming up soon!

Noted Author, Historian and Musician Added to South Dakota Konvention Lineup

2024 (SD) Highpointers Club Konvention Chair Mark Styczynski announced the addition of noted author, historian and musician Donovin Sprague to the Konvention lineup.

Styczynski said Sprague will lead a program and a hike of sacred Indian Peak Bear Butte near Sturgis, S.D. on the morning of July 18.

Sprague, who is based in Rapid City, S.D., is the author of 10 historical books and has appeared in Time Magazine, New Yorker and National Geographic. He presents at major universities in the United States, Canada and Europe and received a Coat of Arms from the Queen of England. In addition, March 23rd has been recognized in Rapid City as “Donovin Sprague Day” for his work in American Indian/white relations. He is a Minnicoujou Lakota and is a history faculty member at Sheridan College in Wyoming and is the advisor for the Native American students.

You can read Sprague’s entire bio here.

Highpointers Club Board of Directors Nominations Due Soon

Highpointers Club Display and Brick Project at Campbell Hill, Ohio

In 2023, the Highpointers Club, the Ohio Hi-Point JVSD, and the National Air Defense Radar Museum signed an MOU for the Highpointers Club to conduct a Brick Project to raise funds for the NADRM. In return, the Highpointers Club will be provided space for display cases, artifacts and more. Also, a quarter of the funds will be used for student projects at the Ohio Hi-Point JVSD, including the design and placement of highpointer bricks adjacent tot he Ohio Highpoint.

The first placement of bricks is projected to take place in 2024! Don’t miss this chance to have a commemorative brick placed on a highpoint!

Information can be found in pages 16-18 of the most recent A to Z.

Apex to Zenith Issue 139 in Mailboxes Now

Apex to Zenith Issue 139 has shipped. If you do not receive yours soon, please complete our google form for missing newsletters. Don’t forget, your newsletter tell you how many issues you have remaining! Just check the back by your mailing address. If you need to renew, you have online and mail in options. If you let your membership lapsed and missed Issue 139, we want you to come back and join us!

2024 State Highpointers Konvention

Highpointers from all over will gather in the Mount Rushmore State for their annual Highpointers Club Konvention to be held July 17-20 at the Best Western Ramkota in Rapid City, South Dakota.

(Online Registration Now Open!)

Friday, July 19, is being targeted for the annual club hike up the highpoint local to the Konvention. This year, that hike will be up Black Elk Peak, about 55 miles from the Konvention host site.

Keep any eye out in A to Z 139, our website and social media for more details!

Apex to Zenith second quarter (Spring) 2023

Highpointers Board Election

It’s election time! If you are a current, active club member (dues paid and up-to-date), please place your vote for the Highpointers Club Board. Click here, ELECTIONS, to download the candidates statements and voting instructions.

Apex to Zenith first quarter (winter) 2023

Note: Second, Third, and Fourth Quarters of 2022 not published.

Georgia Konvention 2023 Registration and Details

Click here to download Registration Form

Apex to Zenith first quarter (winter) 2022

Note: Fourth Quarter 2021 not published.

Note: First Quarter is now the “Winter” issue. Issue 135 published in June 2022.

Apex to Zenith third quarter (Fall) 2021

Apex to Zenith second quarter (Summer) 2021

Apex to Zenith first quarter (Spring) 2021

IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ!

Highpointing can be a dangerous and strenuous activity. Some highpoints are major mountains which require mountaineering skills, proper equipment, experience with route finding and weather, knowledge of emergency procedures, and a respect for the outdoor world. This pursuit requires extensive road travel. Be prepared. Plan ahead. Research each visit. Do not attempt any peak in adverse conditions or beyond your capability.

Every experienced member has a list of peaks on which they have turned around. This is an accepted and respected aspect of the sport. The highpoint will always be there for another day!

Nevada 2021 Convention Cancelled

Because of continuing uncertainty about the Covid-19 pandemic, the Highpointers Club Board of Directors has approved the recommendation by the Convention Committee to cancel the 2021 Konvention in Nevada (hotel/event location in Bishop, CA). We will resume with the 2022 Konvention in Pennsylvania. Please stay tuned (and read your “Apex to Zenith”) for more information about PA-22 as the Konvention hosts complete their plans for next year. – Alan Ritter, HP Club President