Highpointers e-news of July 28, 2010

Membership guy Craig Noland’s e-news is out. You can read it here.

Craig’s newsletter looks nice with the .html. Below is the text for the enjoyment of the search engines.

Thanks for all the updates. With the last e-Bulletin I’ve got many and believe me, this really helps us and the members to stay up to date.

To send a report, just email me at:


Right now we’re still getting ready for the 2nd quarter issue of the newsletter to come out. Please send me your updated counts ASAP if you have not already as this issue will come out with the 2010 Directory. If you don’t get me the information… then it’s not my fault, okay?

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.


Remember, I still need your updated information as soon as you can get it to me… How ’bout right now?

Have a good day, be safe and look forward to seeing you in October,

Craig Noland
The Membership Guy

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 Shoals and 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.net for more information.

2010 Convention Agenda & Registration Application (pdf. file)

Mississippi 2010 Registration – Word file

HP Events, Happenings, Info and Other Stuff…

Please feel free to send in your latest. Believe me, it’s greatly appreciated by all!!!


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.



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 MUST first 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 400
Kingsport TN 37660-7451

Black Mountain KY Waiver Download Here!


Mount Whitney CA…

Year-round, everybody in the Mt. Whitney Zone must 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 follow this link. For more info about the Mt. Whitney Lottery follow this link


Along the Appalachian Trail…

The Appalachian Trail Museum Society is located at the Old Mill in Pine 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 to info@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.


Johnson Shut-Ins – Missouri…

The new campground is open at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park. The shut-ins area of the park is now open for swimming and a new boardwalk provides easy access for viewing.

The Black River Center, being built in the Day Use Area of the park, will be completed in spring 2010. The center will feature interpretive exhibits, meeting rooms and a small retail area.

National Parks Now Subject to Firearms Laws…

On February 22, 2010, a new federal law went into effect that now allows people who legally posses firearms under federal and state law to also possess those firearms in the national parks in that state.

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Conditions and Closures…

Granite 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 Morgan

Hoosier 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 Family

Mount 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.”


– Highpointer Will Mokszycki

Blue 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 Webb

Mount 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

“My hiking partner and I attempted Kings Peak on June 13th. Access to Kings Peak is blocked because the bridge over Henry Forks Creek is washed out and the creek was at flood stage or above. We met a trail crew on the way up to verify that the bridge is out.”

– Highpointer Peter Van Dae

“The road to Henry’s Fork trailhead is open . Access from the north thru Henry’s Fork drainage is wet and muddy with snow patches. The foot bridge at Elkhorn Crossing has been washed out. You can get through the area by wading in the creek. There are plans to rebuild that bridge later this season. We talked with the Mountain View, Wyoming Forest Service and they said folks are making the summit. There have been many thunderstorms in the afternoon of late. We are starting into the Monsoon season now. Just yesterday an experienced local hiker had gotten disoriented in a major hail storm and became separated from his son and grandson during the storm. All ended well as he was found safe and sound. So glad his experience had a happy ending.” (July 9,2010)

– Highpointers Blaine & Linda Sorenson

Boundary Peak – Nevada

“As of Sunday, 13 June, the trail up Boundary Peak was almost completely snow free. There was a patch of snow about 20 feet wide near the summit that had to be crossed and it had deep boot depressions so that no technical gear was needed. The road to the trail head appears to have been graded recently and is in good shape.”

– Highpointer Allen Downs

Upcomming Datesand Events…

2010 Annual Convention: Florence AL – For MS. Oct 7th – 9th, 2010

Wilderness Wildlife Week: Pigeon Forge TN Jan 8th – 15th, 2011

2011 Annual Convention: Ohio. More Info to be released later.

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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

Highpoint Liaisons & Helpers Needed…

Regional Coordinators needed are a Northeast Regional Coordinator effective now and a Southern Region Coordinator ASAP.

Highpoint Liaisons are 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 Region
MN, SD, MI and NE in the Midwest Region
AL, OK and Puerto Rico in the South Region

The 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 MS
Here’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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Kenton Merc Website…

The Kenton Merc has a new website featuring info about the Merc and Kabins.

et local links to area websites. Find out what’s going on before you get there.


Highpoint Visitation Dates and Times…

Illinois – Charles Mound Visitation 2010…

The Highpoint Owners have set the weekend visitation dates for 2010.

Visit only on Visitation Weekends and during Daylight Hours

NO Exceptions!!!

August 7th – 8th
September 4th – 5th


Campbell Hill Ohio…

Ohio Hi-Point Career Center sits 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 – 3:30pm

Special 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:


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.

“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 Week in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee – January 2011. Benefits include:


On the Job Training

Making new friends

Meeting and greeting many of the convention attendees

A reserved seat at the banquet with fellow “CREW Members”

Recognition at the banquet for all your tremendous hard work

Great praise from the host after the convention is finished

All the goodies you can eat at the registration table

The satisfaction that you have given your club a valuable service

Email Nikki Hemphill at greyghost92@yahoo.com or call 219-545-2169.

“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 Here for more information.

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