New Address for Black Mountain, Kentucky Waiver

UPDATE MAY 3, 2010 Penn Virginia has moved to a new location and changed its legal name. Please send the release to the new Penn Virginia. If you are sending to any other address than the one a 7 Sheridan Square, you sending it to the wrong address.

The summit of Black Mountain is private property and is surrounded coal mines.  Due to this, your visit requires a waiver.  You can now get it by downloading the file.


Charles Mound Open Only First Weekends of June, July, August and September

Charles Mound is now open only the frist weeks of June, July, August and September. (the weekend being Saturday and Sunday. Owners Jean and Wayne Wuebbels also advise no pets!

Kyle Cummings Eagle Project Transforms Indiana’s Hoosier Hill

Kyle Cummings on Indiana HighpointFor the past few years Hoosier Hill had been a bit forboding. The summit in a clump of woods was down an overgrown trail. You took your life in your hands climbing a broken stile over a fence. And you always risked getting stuck in the mud when you pulled off the road.

Mario Locatelli Headstand Featured in Official McKinley Climbing Report

Mario Locatelli in Official 2004 Denali Climbing ReportMario Locatelli, an avid Highpointer from Montana, who became the oldest (71 years and 6 months young) to summit Mount McKinley, was featured in the Official McKinley Climbing Report for 2004.

Incidentally Denali was Mario’s 50th state completion. You probably recognize these, now famous, summit headstand poses.

Merrill Sterler, Owner of Hawkeye Point (1930-2004)

Donna and Merrill Sterler on Hawkeye PointMerrill Sterler, owner of the Iowa highpoint and one of the kindest men on the planet, has passed.

Below is his obituary from

You can read an interview Roger Rowlett conducted with the Sterlers in August 2003.

You can express your opinions in the forum.


South Carolina Buys Sassafras Summit

Many thanks to Mike Burton for passing this along from the Carolina Channel. This is discussed in the forum.

The state now owns South Carolina’s highest peak. The Natural Resources Department has bought two acres at the top of Sassafras Mountain from Duke Energy for $50,000 earlier this month. The sale guarantees public access to the 3,560-foot peak in northern Pickens County.

New North Dakota Owners Daryle and Mary Dennis Reduce Fee to $10

Don Holmes reports that the new owners of White Butte — Daryle and Mary Dennis — are going to permit continued access and have dropped the entrance charge to $10/car. This is very generous especially considering there was talk of permanently closing the summit. They have also not placed restrictions on the dates. Please be respectful of the new property owners. Don has also permitted us to post the North Dakota write update from his upcoming “Highpoints of the U.S.” book.

Highpointers 2005 Convention Labor Day Weekend at Mount Washington, New Hampshire

 Many thanks for Mohammed Ellzoy for writing the intial summary of the 2005 convention. This page will be changing with new information.