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Highpointers e-news of August 12, 2010

The August 12 issue of the Highpointers e-news is available here.

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Thursday – August 12th, 2010

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In This IssueHighpointer’s Connector. The place where you can connect with others to
hook up for trips, swap/sell/buy gear, find out and share information.Click
Here!*******Important Convention News!!!Road and Highpoint UpdatesLinksMore Good
Stuff…

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QUICK LINKSHomeThe Highpointers MercUpdate Your Count Address and Email Corrections
Newsletter SubmittalHighpointers FoundationMembershipClub InformationHighpointer’s
Connector Blog

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Twelve Year Old Highpointer Does All Fifty!12 year-old Matt Moniz completed, along
with his Dad Mike, on Mauna Kea Hawai’i by hiking the 50 summits in 43 days, 3
hours, 51 minutes and 9 seconds. He set out to do 50 summits in 50 days or less. He
is doing this before entering the seventh grade in his home of Boulder, Colorado
this fall.More on this at:www.highpointers.org

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RENEWHERE ONLINETODAY

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Highpoint Liaisons & Helpers Needed… Regional Coordinatorsneeded are a
Northeast Regional Coordinator effective now and a Southern Region Coordinator
ASAP.Highpoint Liaisonsare the Clubs points of contact with the owners of a
specific Highpoints and are the Clubs primary contact with the owner.The Club needs
Liaisons for:AZ, ID, NV, NM, OR and WY in the West Region. DE and NY in the
Northeast RegionMN, SD, MI and NE in the Midwest RegionAL, OK and Puerto Rico in
the South RegionThe Highpoint Helper Helpers offer a variety of services and may
provide directions, local conditions, tips, advice or perhaps even guide members.
The Club needs Helpers for: ID, WY and MSHere’s your chance to help the Club and
meet other Highpointers in the process.Email Stony Burk at: stonyburk1@yahoo.com

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HIGHPOINTERSHOTLINE…The easiest way to keep your HP Counts and Membership
Information updated..Give your updates, reports, address/ email changes, etc…Add
Family Members for free as long as they are at the same address as you.Remember –
Voice and Text Messages only.This phone is not manned. 865.660.0027

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Vote for Your Favorite Park!From the Live Positively Website: “For over 40 years,
Coca-Colahas supported America’s national parks. Through our support of individual
parks and the National Park Foundation, we’ve helped maintain and rebuild 260 miles
of trails so families can be active together while enjoying the great outdoors. In
the last 4 years we’ve donated over 4 million dollars to national parks for
restoration and renovation. To demonstrate our commitment to our parks we’re
encouraging all families to come out and play this summer. You can also help support
America’s parks by simply voting for your favorite. The national or state park with
the most votes will receive a $100,000 grant from Coca-Cola. Vote as many times as
you like from 7/29 to 8/31” Visit http://www.livepositively.com/for more
information. *******Kenton Merc Website…The Kenton Merchas a new website featuring
info about the Merc and Kabins. Get local links to area websites. Find out what’s
going on before you get there. Kentonmercantile.net*******Highpoint Visitation Dates
and Times… Illinois – Charles Mound Visitation 2010…Visit only on Visitation
Weekends and during Daylight HoursThe Final Visitation Weekend of 2010!!!September
4th & 5th*******Campbell Hill Ohio…Ohio Hi-Point Career Centersits atop the
highest point in Ohio. Now a school campus, the highpoint is only accessible to the
Public access Weekdays and Saturday.only.Mon – Fri: 6:30am – 10:00pm Saturday:
6:30am – 3:30pmSpecial arrangements for visitation may be made by contacting the
Facilities and Grounds Department at: 937.599.3010 – Ext. 211******* Mount
Washington Invite… Connect to this mountain’s incredible weather extremes through
their website: MountWashington.org Webcams, Photos, Current Weather Conditions,
Observer Comments… Join their email list and get regular updates. Their
interactive science and weather museum in North Conway NH is open daily from 10 to 5
bringing the wonders of the atmosphere right to your fingertips through interactive
exhibits and a twice-daily live video connection with the summit weather station.

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“CREW Members”& Others Needed!!!The “CREW”needs your help for the Mississippi
Konvention and other functions when available. An hour or two – what ever you can
spare.We can also use some folks to help by sitting in at the 21st Annual Wilderness
Wildlife Weekin Pigeon Forge, Tennessee – January 2011. Benefits include:On the Job
TrainingMaking new friendsMeeting and greeting many of the convention attendeesA
reserved seat at the banquet with fellow “CREW Members”Recognition at the banquet
for all your tremendous hard workGreat praise from the host after the convention is
finishedAll the goodies you can eat at the registration tableThe satisfaction that
you have given your club a valuable serviceEmail Nikki Hemphill at
greyghost92@yahoo.comor call 219-545-2169.

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“Three Day Weekends”Special in Central Wisconsin…Nearly twenty area hotels in the
Wausau WI (Central WI) area are helping you make the most of your travel budget by
offering Sunday Nights Free with a Friday and Saturday night stay. Pay the regular
published rate for Friday and Saturday night and you’ll get Sunday night free!
“Three Day Weekends” are available every weekend in 2010 so just Click Herefor more
information.

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Greetings Roger,Thanks for all the updates and trip reports. This really helps us
and the members to stay up to date. To send a report, just email me at:
updates@highpointers.orgThe 2nd quarter issue of the newsletter is to come out very
soon. After we get that one out we’re going to get y’all caught up on the 3rd
quarter issue. The back up is due to problems with delivery at the Post Office and
some issues with the mailing house that we use. John Mitchler, the newsletter
editor, has met with managers from the Post Office, as well as folks at the mailing
house, and you’ll notice a few changes from their meeting in this upcoming
newsletter.The 2010 Directory comes out with this issue, so if you didn’t get your
updates to me as I asked then it’ll be another year to get them in the 2011
directory. I still want your updates to put in the database so we can track
everyones progress.As I said before, y’all need to start using the Highpointers
Connector. I set this page up so that we’ll all be able to communicate about
Highpointing. Come on and help us all out and post there if you have anything to
offer.http://highpointersclub.blogspot.com/Have a good day, be safe and look forward
to seeing you in October,Craig NolandThe Membership Guycnoland@highpointers.org

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Registrations Needed ASAP!!!2010 Highpointers Annual Convention in Mississippi
& Name Change of Hosting Hotel…The name of the hotel hosting the convention
has changed to the Emerald River Hotel. It is not part of the Holuday Inn system as
it was when we planned our event. They will, however, honor our contract and
provide us with a place to have mucho fun!Registration is being taken for the
Convention to be held October 7th – 9th highlighting the Mississippi Highpoint on
Woodall Mountain. This convention is being held in the Fall due to the brutal heat
that befalls the “Deep South”in the Summer.At the Convention Headquarters we have
rooms blocked for Highpointers with a rate of $84.00 per night. Please contact the
Emerald River Hotel, 4900 Hatch Blvd, Sheffield AL 35660 – Phone: 256.381.4710.It
is located in the center of the Sheffield, Muscle Shoalsand Florence area in
beautiful North Alabama near the intersection of US Highways 72 and 43.Aparently
there has been an error on the Convention application in the issue #88 newsletter
that needs to be corrected. The proper fee for adults is $75 instead of $70. Please
keep this in mind when sending in your applications.Please contact Gary White at
whiteman@centurytel.netfor more information.2010 Convention Agenda &
Registration Application (pdf. file)Mississippi 2010 Registration– Word file

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Highpointers Foundation’s Latest Silent Auction…A word from Dave Covill – Friends
– I am pleased to announce the 5th edition of the Highpointers Foundation Silent
Auction. We have raised $1,810 in two years with this revenue generating
mechanism.This time we are pleased to offer a signed copy of Reinhold
Messner’sseminal work ” All Fourteen 8,000 Meter peaks “. This book coverseverything
that made him famous, from his first solo ascents, to hisoxygen-free climbs of most
of the 8,000ers. Messner was of course the first to stand atop these 14 mountains, a
feat that has only beenduplicated not quite two dozen times in the 24 years since.
Messner added in a chapter on Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air book in this 3rd edition,
which was printed in 2000.The color photography is stunning, and worth viewing in
and of itself, without reading Messner’s text.Please consider a bid on this hard
cover, large format book, a fineaddition to any mountaineering library. Proceeds
will help us to continue our goal of helping the privately owned state highpoints.
We were able to assist Osceola County Iowa earlier this year in purchasing a wooded
lot adjacent to the highpoint, which is being developed for use as a campground by
weary highpointers passing by, with both RV and tent
facilities.http://www.highpointersfoundation.org/HPF/auction.html

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HP Events, Happenings, Info and Other Stuff…Please feel free to send in your
latest. Believe me, it’s greatly appreciated by all!!!*******Granite Peak – Montana
& Gannet Peak – WyomingJackson Hole Mountain Guidesoffer club members rates for
climbing Granite and Gannett Peaks. They said quite a few of our members have used
their services over the years. A couple of weeks ago, along with the heavy snow
from Spring still on the mountain, there was ice up high which prevented a summit
attempt.Gannett has also had significant snow this year. For some, snow is
preferred over boulder hopping.They also mentioned that their group size is usually
3-5 people. They are happy to arrange special trips or trips to fit climbing
requirements of a group. They also have enough guides to provide assistance
throughout the season even if their regular trips are booked. They have been on
most routes on both peaks which would be helpful if a club member wants to try a
particular route.Also check out Corbin Howard’s website: Friends of Granite Peak as
this might be a useful site for club members to look for updated
information.(Thanks to Stony Burk for this information)*******Mount Washington –
New HampshireYou are cordially invited to their 2nd annual Sunset Soiree: An
Enchanted Epicurean Affair on the Northeast’s Tallest Peakon September 11,
2010.Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with a chauffeured ride to the summit of Mount
Washington, where a sumptuous selection of desserts will await your indulgence in
the rotunda of the Mt. Washington State Park Sherman Adams Building. A champagne
toast at sunset will follow, with a twilight return to the Wildcat ski area base
lodge. The evening will continue with a silent auction and an elegant dinner,
artfully prepared by the renown Libby’s Bistroof Gorham, New Hampshire.Tickets are
$100 and may be purchased online or by phone at (603) 356-2137, x230.*******Baxter
State Park – Maine…The Baxter State Park Authority has approved a revised set of
Rules and Regulations for Baxter State Park. The primary changes that characterize
the revised Rules include language changes and a reorganized format to improve the
clarity and simplicity of the rules as well as a limited number of changes in the
current rules. For more information or to comment on the revised rules, contact
Park Headquarters at
207-723-5140.http://www.baxterstateparkauthority.com/miscPages/rules.html*******Hawkeye
Point – Iowa…A museum is planned for the crib if money becomes available..
Several Highpointers Club have donated money. The Highpointers Foundation has
contributed $4,000 to the project and indivual Highpointers are getting their name
on a Wall of Recognition for donating $50 or more.Donations may be sent to: Hawkeye
Point Project. c/o Osceola County Economic Development Office, 300 Seventh St.,
Sibley IA, 51249..******* Beartooth Ranger District – Montana…The Beartooth
Ranger District reminds visitors that the district-wide Food Storage Order went
into effect on April 1st. This order is in effect from April 1 through November 20
on an annual basis, and applies to both the Beartooth and Pryor Mountain Units.This
order has been in place since 1998 and is designed to minimize adverse interactions
between bears and humans, thereby providing for forest user safety and the
conservation of native wildlife species.The order requires that any unattended food
be stored in a locked bear-resistantcontainer, stored in a closed vehicle, or
suspended at least 10 feet off the ground. The order also defines requirements for
storing and possessing any animal carcass. Individuals who do not comply with the
Food Storage Order can be fined.To assist in complying with the order, the
Beartooth Ranger District has installed bearresistant food storage boxes in
developed recreation facilities around Red Lodge. The first food storage boxes were
installed four years ago with grant funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service. Each year since, additional boxes have been added as funding has become
available.For more information about the Food Storage Order, please contact the
Beartooth Ranger District at 406-446-2103. *******Black Mountain, Waiver…Black
Mountain in KY is privately owned by a coal company. There are active mines in the
area so the waivers are mandatory for visits. You MUSTfirst obtain this waiver by
clicking the link.Download the Waiver and Mail it to the address below. If for some
reason you cannot return it in time,please have it with you!!!New Address:Penn –
Virginia Resource Partners, L.P.7 Sheridan Sq Ste 400Kingsport TN 37660-7451Black
Mountain KY Waiver Download Here!*******Mount Whitney CA…Year-round, everybody in
theMt. Whitney Zonemust possess a valid wilderness permit. Permits are issued only
at the Inter Agency Visitor Center, 1 mile south of Lone Pine CA. From May 1st –
Nov 1st, all use is regulated by limited entry quotas. Permits for the quota period
may be reserved in advance. Most permits for Mt. Whitney are reserved during the
Mt. Whitney Lottery, in February. For more information about obtaining wilderness
permits followthis link. For more info about the Mt. Whitney Lottery followthis
link*******Along the Appalachian Trail…The Appalachian Trail Museum Societyis
located at the Old Mill inPine Grove Furnace State Park in Pennsylvania.The Museum
operates on weekends in the Spring and Fall and daily from Memorial Day through
Labor Day between the hours of noon to 4 pm. This schedule also matches park
visitation. Questions about the museum project may be directed
toinfo@atmuseum.org.*******Spruce Knob – West Virginia…The following acts are
prohibited in the Spruce Knob Area located along Forest Roads 1 and 112, Spruce
Knob Lake, Spruce Knob, in Pendleton and Randolph Counties in the state of West
Virginia.Camping in parking lots at Spruce Knob Lake, Spruce Knob, trail head
parking lots and within 300 feet of roads in the Spruce Knob area, extending from
the road junction of Forest Roads 1 and Route 29, east to a point on the east side
of Spruce Mountain.Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire of any
kind at Spruce Knob, Spruce Knob Lake Parking lots, trail heads or within 300 feet
of Forest Roads 1 and 112 in the vicinity of the Spruce Knob area, except at the
Spruce Knob Lake Campground and Gatewood Group Campground.NUGGETS in the Scree
Coming Soon!Send in your favorite places to visit, eat, stay or just plain hang
out!

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The HighpointersMerc* t-Shirts * Caps * Books ** Award Plaques * Pins ** 5 State
Completion Patch ** Guidebooks and Much More *Highpointers Mercantile Attn: Jean
Trousdale 1416 Aladdin Street Norman, Oklahoma 73072-6039 (405) 329-6189Penny and
her helper Jean “Mother Merc”Trousdale on the road somewhere?Click Here to Visit
Site!!!

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Conditions and Closures…Black Mountain – Kentucky”…the highlight of the trip
was an unplanned stop at “Natural Tunnel State Park” after climbing Kentucky. Close
to Big Stone Gap, VA. I highly recommend it to other highpointers who are in that
area tagging Black Mountain.http://www.naturaltunnel.info/. Was actually one of the
best state parks I have ever been to.”- Highpointer Mike BayerGannett Peak –
Wyoming”Just a note to let you know that I successfully summited Gannett Peak on
Monday, July 26 at 2:15 pm. It was a steep and sometimes scary climb, but the snow
bridge on the bergschrund below the Gooseneck, although narrow, was filled with a
goodly amount of snow. It did get tedious, crampons on, crampons off, etc., etc.”-
Highpointer Bob KasparMount Elbert – Colorado”People need to be aware of the south
trail and the starting point. There has been vandalism at the trailhead. There is
also no markings for the trail from the ranger road to where the trailhead is. We
had the great opportunity to hike South Mt. Elbert on 7/26/10 because I did not
recognize this.”- Highpointer Greg RickertGranite Peak – Montana”According to Jeff
Gildehaus of the US Forest Service Beartooth Ranger District in Red Lodge, due to
late spring snowstorms, the snowmelt is two to three weeks later than normal. This
means the snowbridge will be late in melting this year. Also, due to recent
rain-on-snow events, there MAY be rockfall and debris flow on the trails. Since
Granite Peak is in a designated wilderness area, there is no official summit
register. However, there is an unofficial register at the summit.”- Highpoint
Liaison Ed MorganHoosier Hill – Indiana”We just did Hoosier Hill on Monday
(7-12-10). The sign marking the turn off of the road is down. The sign post is
still there though, so we guessed correctly and found it.”- The Highpointing Grabot
FamilyMount Rainier – Washington “Mt Rainier received a generous amount of snow
this winter. This will make for great climbing conditions as the summer progresses,
but also brings a few issues that you need to be aware of. Like the fact that
Paradise still has 8’ of snow on the ground. That’s right, 8 feet. It’s melting
fast now that the Seattle summer has finally arrived, but don’t be surprised if an
early attempt is entirely on snow from the Paradise parking lot. Due to the limited
parking available at Paradise, a free shuttle from Ashford is available and
recommended.” http://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/shuttle.htm- Highpointer Will
MokszyckiBlue Ridge Parkway”All 469.1 miles are open to traffic now. We just got
back and drove the entire length. There are two seperate one lane sections that are
controlled by a traffic light between Asheville and Mount Pisgah. One is at a slide
and the other at a tunnel.”- Highpointer Tim WebbMount Arvon – Michigan”I visited
this high point (Mount Arvon MI) on June 6. There are a series of fairly high dirt
berms in the road starting about 1/4 to 1/2 mile from the high point. I think they
are there to discourage vehicular traffic although I was able to negotiate them
with my AWD Ford Escape which has high clearance. Prudence would dictate parking
and walking the remaining route to avoid getting high centered.” – Highpointer Mike
Manson Henry Forks – Kings Peak – Utah “As Kings Peak Liaisons, we would like to
update highpointers who might be coming to Utah. We summitted Kings Peak on
Saturday, July 31st. Trail conditions were wet and muddy from the beginning of the
Henrys Fork Trailhead all the way to the summit. We recommend waterproof boots and
clothing. The washed out bridge at Elkhorn Crossing has been replaced with three
sturdy logs tied together for a reasonable crossing. Mosquitoes were abundant but
tolerable with bug spray. No water shortage for purifying. Streams and lakes were
full. The monsoons are in full swing now. Expect stormy weather at any time during
the day almost every day. We experienced hail storms, thunder and lightening just
200 feet from the summit. We hunkered down under a rock alcove and were able to
summit once the storm passed. After coming down off the summit ridge, storms
returned and it rained all the way back to camp. It had been 10 years since we’ve
done Kings Peak. We really enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the experience we had
despite the bad weather. If anyone needs more information feel free to e-mail us
privately at blmsorenson@comcast.net.”- Highpointers Blaine & Linda Sorenson

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Upcomming Datesand Events… 2010 Annual Convention:Florence AL – For MS. Oct 7th –
9th, 2010Wilderness Wildlife Week:Pigeon Forge TN Jan 8th – 15th, 20112011 Annual
Convention:Ohio. More Info to be released later.

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