Convince me to go to the Konvention

Convince me to go to the Konvention

Joined: January 20th, 2004, 9:07 pm

March 30th, 2009, 7:26 am #1

I've never been able to attend one before, but this year, i actually could stop by after a trip i have to take to New York. For someone 40 years old, who's never met anyone in the club, will this be fun or just akward???
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Joined: August 2nd, 2001, 8:13 pm

March 30th, 2009, 12:40 pm #2

It's not like there won't be anyone else there you've met...

Actually, I find that I have a lot of fun meeting other highpointers whom I've never seen in person before. I almost always pick up some good advice on approaches or peaks, as well.

You ought to come to NJ, Mark...it's an eclectic crowd and worth the time to meet some new friends.
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Joined: June 19th, 2005, 5:47 am

March 31st, 2009, 4:07 am #3

I've never been able to attend one before, but this year, i actually could stop by after a trip i have to take to New York. For someone 40 years old, who's never met anyone in the club, will this be fun or just akward???
I was in your shoes in 2002. Except I traveled to OK to attend my first convention. Awkward, maybe at first, but the love of HPing overcomes that and after you start your first conversation, you're with friends and family.
I hosted WA in 2004, and remain excited about every convention. Come on in, the water's fine!
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

April 5th, 2009, 8:30 pm #4

I've never been able to attend one before, but this year, i actually could stop by after a trip i have to take to New York. For someone 40 years old, who's never met anyone in the club, will this be fun or just akward???
Highpointing is something of a calling.

Not everybody (including family and friends) understand why we do this.

The conventions are based on the simple concept of providing a venue so you can meet fellow travelers.

You will be amazed at what you find in common.

You are not alone!
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 9:11 pm

April 8th, 2009, 7:48 pm #5

I've never been able to attend one before, but this year, i actually could stop by after a trip i have to take to New York. For someone 40 years old, who's never met anyone in the club, will this be fun or just akward???
I have attended every convention since 2000 (Hawaii), though I had been in the club for about nine years before I was able to get to my first one. There is something special and unique at every convention. As the others noted, it's a great way to pick up information about other peaks, meet other climbers (and possible climbing partners!), and enjoy the camaraderie of other (crazy, driven, whatever adjective you prefer) highpointers. I have learned new things at every convention. Besides, the fun of the "back porch liars' club", plus the special added attraction this year of the "roast" of Grand Poobah Don Holmes is not to be missed. And aren't you just a bit curious to meet some of these folks that you read about in the Newsletter? You'll meet them and folks of every background, and in age from several months to over nine decades.

Roger and the Urbanski Boys are putting on a GREAT event (I won't judge as to whether it will be better than the wonderful Wisconsin convention I hosted in 2007). You will be warmly welcomed and your company very much appreciated. I hope we see you there. JES
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 9:10 pm

April 12th, 2009, 10:24 pm #6

I've never been able to attend one before, but this year, i actually could stop by after a trip i have to take to New York. For someone 40 years old, who's never met anyone in the club, will this be fun or just akward???
...won't be there necessarily, but it is fun. I went in 02 and 04 and had loads of fun. I recommend it. Meeting others with your same interests in HPing confirms you really are not alone in this world.
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Joined: January 23rd, 2004, 4:53 pm

December 27th, 2013, 4:04 am #7

I've never been able to attend one before, but this year, i actually could stop by after a trip i have to take to New York. For someone 40 years old, who's never met anyone in the club, will this be fun or just akward???
Kinda crashed VT95. We lived in NY at the time and just showed up to hike Mt Mansfield and met a few highpointers that way. We didn't attend any convention events otherwise.
We kicked ourselves for missing the OK2002 - the week before that convention we summited Wheeler where there were a number of highpointers on route to the OK2002 con.
Finally things worked out in our favor that we were able attend the Oregon 2012 convention. I agree that it was real fun meeting certain people from the newsletter and it didn't take long to break ice with folks there.
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