Joined: January 23rd, 2004, 4:53 pm

December 30th, 2014, 1:00 am #11

HaHA! All (four) of you assumed i'd only remember to start this thread around December 15th, but this year i'm on it early.

Tell us what 2014 highpoints you reached and how, or which ones you will do in the next 34 days, along with your plans/dreams for 2015. As long as there are a few of us old fogeys and some crickets, we want to know!

I'll go first. I summitted my #45 this year, the lofty pinnacle of Black Mesa, OK. I had business in Louisville and lived in Tucson. Only to a highpointer does that mean a car trip instead of a flight. It's not like i'd ever have any better itinerary for including the panhandle of Oklahoma. The Merc was closed when i was there, but the b&b there was very nice, comfy, and friendly, the hike was actually pretty kewl (especially if you go past the highpoint to the edge of the mesa), and it felt good to make some actual progress towards #50. That's the only state highpoint i did this year, but i did climb Mt. Mcloughlin, OR which i'm pretty sure is a county highpoint. I also moved to San Francisco and am doing lots of hiking around here and in the Sierra.

For 2015 who knows. I may do half of the Continental Divide Trail. There is a tiny, minute chance i'll decide soon to make a go at Denali in June. But most likely at this point 49 will be my limit. We'll see. I still have MT, WV, MN, and FL to go. All very out of the way.

How about you?

p.s. One of these days we'll get spellcheck to accept "highpointing" as a word...

Happy Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas, and whatever other holidays matter to you, and an early Happy Highpointing New Year 2015.

-markv
made return visits to NJ & Maryland. Also did PA's - first one for us where we visited a third time. We took our current dogs to all three and PA's is our only highpoint where all 6 of our dogs past & present have been to with us.

Mount Marcy is our only hp east of the Mississippi we still haven't done and it's my state of birth. Had plans to do it back in '96 when we still lived there but the move to Texas came upon us real quick.

Would love to check off some western ones but one being retired and the other underemployed - it may be years before we can do them.

I share the sentiment - I still checkout Americas roof - I think so many others contribute on FB and other venues. I wonder how many still go onto summitpost.
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 9:07 pm

January 7th, 2015, 6:16 am #12

I'm really excited for you on Mauna Kea. It's a great hike from the Visitor's Center if you decide to take the trail. Looking forward to hearing about it.

Don't look for me back on SP. It's really over this time. Couldn't have scripted a better ending to my time there. Oh wait, I did script it.

If I summit Denali, I will be posting my trip report on CascadeClimbers. Opened an account there this week and have been quietly posting some pics from my Northwest travels. Uber-psyched about the trip. Been posting about my training and gear acquisitions in the "Members Only" Dungeon section of MountainsNStuff.
One more thought on your upcoming summit attempt. I'm really glad you're planning on posting a trip report. You can of course find other reports online, but when you've been in touch with someone else's kse through highpointers it lends a good perspective. Would you be willing to post a report even in the unlikely event you do not summit? Also, if you encounter any older (50+) climbers, i'd appreciate hearing your impressions of how they did. In the past few weeks i have a renewed interest in climbing Denali, but i've had some serious conversations and soul-searching and it's apparent i won't get to attempt it for at least several more years.

Good luck!!!!
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 6:42 pm

January 12th, 2015, 8:15 pm #13

I climbed Mount McKinley in 2013. My partner was 78 years old at the time and had recently had a hip replacement. I wrote a trip report about our climb for the Mountaineering Club of Alaska's newsletter, the Scree. If you're interested in our logistics and how our trip went, send me your email address and I'll forward you a pdf copy. Alternatively, you can find the trip report in the October 2014 Scree on the Mountaineering Club of Alaska's website athttp://www.mtnclubak.org/. MCA membership ($20 per year for individuals) is required to view the Screes online.
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 5:18 am

January 14th, 2015, 12:08 am #14

One more thought on your upcoming summit attempt. I'm really glad you're planning on posting a trip report. You can of course find other reports online, but when you've been in touch with someone else's kse through highpointers it lends a good perspective. Would you be willing to post a report even in the unlikely event you do not summit? Also, if you encounter any older (50+) climbers, i'd appreciate hearing your impressions of how they did. In the past few weeks i have a renewed interest in climbing Denali, but i've had some serious conversations and soul-searching and it's apparent i won't get to attempt it for at least several more years.

Good luck!!!!
Damn Mark.

I don't know how I missed your post until now since I check this forum at least once a day.

But yeah, I'm gonna post something, somewhere afterwards. As psyched as I am, I keep reminding myself that I actually may not summit. So the experience is as important as the top. If not moreso. I was actually e-mailing back and forth with the lead guide at AAI today updating him on my training, gear choices etc and he told me they are "stoked" to have me along. My goal is to be the strongest client. If I'm as strong and positive as I'd like to be, it will improve everyone's summit chamces ... including my own.
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 9:07 pm

January 14th, 2015, 4:48 am #15

I climbed Mount McKinley in 2013. My partner was 78 years old at the time and had recently had a hip replacement. I wrote a trip report about our climb for the Mountaineering Club of Alaska's newsletter, the Scree. If you're interested in our logistics and how our trip went, send me your email address and I'll forward you a pdf copy. Alternatively, you can find the trip report in the October 2014 Scree on the Mountaineering Club of Alaska's website athttp://www.mtnclubak.org/. MCA membership ($20 per year for individuals) is required to view the Screes online.
Yes please, Steve. You can email me at markvotapek "at" netscape "dot" net . I'd be very interested to read, and not really being a prospective MCA member, a pdf would be a great favor.

Mark S., have you gone over 15k yet? Plans to do a test run in Mexico or anything?
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 5:18 am

January 14th, 2015, 12:08 pm #16

Haven't been above 15K. That's the big X-factor. My last few times above 14, I've been pretty strong. There should be plenty of time for acclimitization on a 3-week expedition and I'm bringing enough Diamox to tranquilize a horse. So there's that.

Still, I won't know until I know.
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Joined: August 5th, 2010, 2:49 am

January 19th, 2015, 4:25 am #17

HaHA! All (four) of you assumed i'd only remember to start this thread around December 15th, but this year i'm on it early.

Tell us what 2014 highpoints you reached and how, or which ones you will do in the next 34 days, along with your plans/dreams for 2015. As long as there are a few of us old fogeys and some crickets, we want to know!

I'll go first. I summitted my #45 this year, the lofty pinnacle of Black Mesa, OK. I had business in Louisville and lived in Tucson. Only to a highpointer does that mean a car trip instead of a flight. It's not like i'd ever have any better itinerary for including the panhandle of Oklahoma. The Merc was closed when i was there, but the b&b there was very nice, comfy, and friendly, the hike was actually pretty kewl (especially if you go past the highpoint to the edge of the mesa), and it felt good to make some actual progress towards #50. That's the only state highpoint i did this year, but i did climb Mt. Mcloughlin, OR which i'm pretty sure is a county highpoint. I also moved to San Francisco and am doing lots of hiking around here and in the Sierra.

For 2015 who knows. I may do half of the Continental Divide Trail. There is a tiny, minute chance i'll decide soon to make a go at Denali in June. But most likely at this point 49 will be my limit. We'll see. I still have MT, WV, MN, and FL to go. All very out of the way.

How about you?

p.s. One of these days we'll get spellcheck to accept "highpointing" as a word...

Happy Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas, and whatever other holidays matter to you, and an early Happy Highpointing New Year 2015.

-markv
If my right knee holds out. Having serious problems with it so I won't know till Spring if I can attempt it or not. Also want to try Granite this summer but we'll see. This site and the HP'ers magazine is to blame for my LUST to do the 49 hightpoints!

Denali is most likely out of the question as I'm 53 with failing knees. Darn body - it really pi**es me off sometimes. Oh to be 21 again.
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Joined: June 25th, 2009, 9:50 pm

February 2nd, 2015, 9:52 pm #18

HaHA! All (four) of you assumed i'd only remember to start this thread around December 15th, but this year i'm on it early.

Tell us what 2014 highpoints you reached and how, or which ones you will do in the next 34 days, along with your plans/dreams for 2015. As long as there are a few of us old fogeys and some crickets, we want to know!

I'll go first. I summitted my #45 this year, the lofty pinnacle of Black Mesa, OK. I had business in Louisville and lived in Tucson. Only to a highpointer does that mean a car trip instead of a flight. It's not like i'd ever have any better itinerary for including the panhandle of Oklahoma. The Merc was closed when i was there, but the b&b there was very nice, comfy, and friendly, the hike was actually pretty kewl (especially if you go past the highpoint to the edge of the mesa), and it felt good to make some actual progress towards #50. That's the only state highpoint i did this year, but i did climb Mt. Mcloughlin, OR which i'm pretty sure is a county highpoint. I also moved to San Francisco and am doing lots of hiking around here and in the Sierra.

For 2015 who knows. I may do half of the Continental Divide Trail. There is a tiny, minute chance i'll decide soon to make a go at Denali in June. But most likely at this point 49 will be my limit. We'll see. I still have MT, WV, MN, and FL to go. All very out of the way.

How about you?

p.s. One of these days we'll get spellcheck to accept "highpointing" as a word...

Happy Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas, and whatever other holidays matter to you, and an early Happy Highpointing New Year 2015.

-markv
In the course of peakbagging around America, I was fortunate to be able to re-visit 11 state HPs in 2014:

DE (DC)

I visited here in April with my nephew Wiley Gibson, during a Washington DC vacation. I was able to summit lofty Point Reno then as well, my first time there if you can believe that.

SD, ND, IA, NE

These were in the course of visits in May on behalf of the HP Foundation and checking on Projects we have underway.

NM, OK

These were with my nephew Chase Gibson of MA, who visited me in CO in July, and we were originally set to climb Mt Elbert here, but a change of plans saw us off to Black Mesa then Wheeler Peak. I was quite pleased to see the terrific trail maintenance at the Williams Lake Trail; it is much nicer than years ago. I haven't actually been near the place since the NM-94 Konvention, and before that in 1982, so it had been a while!

GA, SC, KY

These were while we were at the TN-14 Konvention, with my wife Beckie and my good buddy Roy Wallen. We witnessed first-hand the levelling of the top at Sassafras, and enjoyed a cloudy vista practically to ourselves late in the day at Brasstown. Black Mtn approach road is a bit rutted but not too bad, and might make for a nice Foundation Project to help out with that.

CA

With CO friends I made it up Whitney via the Mountaineers Route in September, also visiting Russell, Muir, Langley and Keelers Needle. I have about half the CA 14ers, depending on how you count them. I do not recommend this ugly scree slog in summer, it would be a nice couloir climb in May.

I don't have any concrete plans for state HPs in 2015, although I intend to attempt Granite Peak in MT with friends in early August 2016 during the MT-16 Konvention.

I can not recall being to 11 state HPs in a single year in a very long while, perhaps ever?



FYI - I lack only 7 states for a full repeat of the 50.

AK,WY,ID,NY,WV,FL,LA

This is quite a project, and my hat is off to those who have done so (Whit Rambach, John Mueller, Kenny Pokora). I am in no hurry to do this, but it seems to be happening despite any efforts on my part to deny it....


Klimb ( and drive! ) Safely on your highpointing adventures !!!


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