Gearjunkie has a spectacuarly well written on article on highpointing “Highpointing: Climb To The Top Of 50 States” which really captures the spirit of the hobby. Here’s an excerpt.
High on Denali, John Mitchler took out a pencil to write a list. It was the summer of 2003, and as wind tore into the fabric of his cramped tent, he knew the end was near.
“I decided to write a list of all the people I’d climbed with over the years,” he said. “McKinley [Denali] was to be my final mountain.”
Mitchler didn’t perish on that high Alaskan peak. Indeed, his party soon made the mountain’s 20,320-foot summit.
Kathy Clark, who is 72, is seeking to be the oldest to summit Denali. According to the Clarion Peninsula which profiled her on July 7, 2016 she is training 3 to 4 hours a day. Her most difficult climb so far was Borah where she climbed and descented 6,000 feet in 12 hours and felt nausea in the 100 degree heat at the base. She drove herself to the hospital.
Highpointer Matt Moniz survived the avalanche that killed at least 18 people at the Everest base camp on Saturday, April 28. Here’s an interview with him on Colorado Public Radio. (audio) Matt’s facebook page
Matt’s profile as associate director at Highpointers Foundation.
Gary Sword at KKMP radio FM 92.1 (in Garapan, on Saipan island) interview 50-completer Roger Kaul, Clint Kaul, and Club Editor John Mitchler on June 4, 2014 on their climb of Agrihan (highpoint of the Northern Mariana Islands, one of five US territories)
Continue reading Interview with Club Editor John Mitchler and 50-completer Roger Kaul on Climb of Agrihan, Highpoint of Northern Mariana Islands
NPR’s Emmett FitzGerald has a wonderful 10 minute segment featuring Roy Wallen and Stony Burk at Jerimoth Hill.