2017 Highpoint Thread #whatsahashtag?

2017 Highpoint Thread #whatsahashtag?

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

December 13th, 2017, 9:54 am #1

Highpointers young and old, it's time to trumpet your 2017 highpointing adventures and to look to the future HPs that 2018 might hold.

I had to go through my calendar to confirm, but yes, i did NOTHING this year other than work. I'm stuck on 47 highpoints still, with WV, FL, and lil' ol' AK waiting for me. There's some slight chance still i could try Denali in June, so send me your trip reports and gear lists. But i'm not making promises. I've gravitated towards long-distance hiking instead, and if i block off time it will probably be to try hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail.

I'll always be a highpointer at heart, no small thanks to this forum. If some hike i do is within sight of a county highpoint, my hiking buddies always hear about it. And every time i meet someone from out of state i'll greet them with "oh, so you must know your highpoint is...Hoosier Hill!". (They usually don't know.)

Your turn: tell the forum about your year and future. I hope you're all well and in good spirits.
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 5:18 am

December 14th, 2017, 2:49 pm #2

There are few things in life that are consistently reliable, but this annual #thread is one of them, even as the Americas Roof Forum itself has been largely hidden from view like an embarrassing uncle who deep down has a really good heart. Happy to see Mark continuing this #tradition.

In my only real highpointing related travel of the year, I stopped by the Massachusetts Convention in July, though only for a couple of hours. North Adams is only about an hour from my house - up over the hill, just across the border and around the bend. Met with the Covills (great couple!) and talked with a few other nice folks. Passed along a book potentially for a future Highpointers Foundation auction and made my exit as I had to work the midnight shift that night before taking a nap and heading to Maine the following day for our annual family beach vacation.

So I am stuck on 50 for at least another year. Speaking of Maine though, in addition to the abovementioned beach vacation, I took an additional 3 trips to up near the Maine/Quebec border and banged out my final 6 New England Hundred Highest peaks for a major list completion. Mostly, it was an exercise in haplessly stumbling around the woods looking for the summits of trailless wooded peaks. Quite a different kind of a vibe than say Granite or Rainier.

Posted a trip report over on Summit Post if anyone wants to take a gander ...

http://www.summitpost.org/the-maine-six ... on/1008703

Really have no clue what 2018 will bring. For the first time in many years, I have no fixed #agenda and am kind of #rudderless. I guess we’ll see when we’ll see.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all! Hope that 2018 brings lots of mountain adventure for everyone.
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December 26th, 2017, 5:56 am #3

Sounds like a heckuva good version of being "stuck" on anything. Congrats on the NE 100. I'm 4/5 of the way through the NE 10, and i still have to go back someday for Algonquin and Monroe.

If it's just down to two of us posting, this will be my year-end thread swan song. I think i've started this thread since 2002!. 15 years shouldn't be so long, but in this day and age it's an eternity. Thankfully, at least for now until we find a way to ruin it, the mountains will remain long after our methods of relating about them evolve or wither.

May your 2018 bring you mountains and spaces inspirational and transcendent, Mark S., and everyone.
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December 27th, 2017, 12:51 pm #4

Well, I think we all knew the internet wouldn’t last and it seems most of the forum users here have returned to the natural world.

Still haven’t entirely given up hope that Stony, Alan or Hojo might pop in this year, but I think you’re probably right in assessing that this great tradition of a thread has reached its end. Thanks, other Mark, for giving us all a fun opportunity to share our accomplishments and ambitions over these last 15 years!

Algonquin and Monroe are both fantastic mountains and I hope you are able to make it back some year to finish off your Northeast 10! You will not be disappointed by either peak.

May 2018 bring all the best to both you and your family!
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Joined: January 23rd, 2004, 1:04 am

January 25th, 2018, 1:45 am #5

Highpointers young and old, it's time to trumpet your 2017 highpointing adventures and to look to the future HPs that 2018 might hold.

I had to go through my calendar to confirm, but yes, i did NOTHING this year other than work. I'm stuck on 47 highpoints still, with WV, FL, and lil' ol' AK waiting for me. There's some slight chance still i could try Denali in June, so send me your trip reports and gear lists. But i'm not making promises. I've gravitated towards long-distance hiking instead, and if i block off time it will probably be to try hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail.

I'll always be a highpointer at heart, no small thanks to this forum. If some hike i do is within sight of a county highpoint, my hiking buddies always hear about it. And every time i meet someone from out of state i'll greet them with "oh, so you must know your highpoint is...Hoosier Hill!". (They usually don't know.)

Your turn: tell the forum about your year and future. I hope you're all well and in good spirits.
Hi Guys!Apologies for checking in so late. I was just going through the Highpointers Foundation website looking at things we need to update this year and one of the pages is Links to other sites and organizations. I knew Americas Roof was down but the Link to the Forum apparently still works 'cuz here I am. I only picked up 6 easy repeats last year which brings my total to 417. It's not that the thrill is gone from highpointing but life has gotten in the way the last 2 years. I spent time down in Houston with family helping with Hurricane Harvey issues and working on a little ranch house in East Texas where I'll retire to later this year. Kinda lookin' forward to proppin' my boots up on the porch railin' and watchin' the sunset out past the cow pasture while sippin' sweet tea. I know I'll miss the White of New Hampshire and the four seasons but it's time to go home. Besides, it'll be easier to get to the Southwestern and High Plains highpoints from the ranch. I stepped down as Projects Director of the Highpointers Foundation but continue to work behind the scenes with owners and managers of highpoints on a few projects that we'll complete this year and next and I no longer serve in any capacity with Highpointers Club. I don't think you guys do much on Facebook but there is a 50 States Highpointing Group page that Dorothy Kucar started a couple of years ago before she knew there were other highpointers. It's a pretty active site and I contribute encouragement and advice as often as I can. I still remember the old snail mail days and phone calls as a way of communicating with fellow highpointers until Roger started up Americas Roof and this Forum which became a huge success. Like you guys, I'll always have great memories of this hobby and how it evolved. Club members come and go and I think the active memberships has leveled out. Google, Wikipedia, GPS etc. have replaced the need for individual exchange of information. An understanding of the history of the club, the books from people like Zummwalt and Holmes aren't needed anymore. So far, Dorothy's page is the next best thing and I hope it continues along with sites like SummitPost and Peakbagger. I wish you guys all the best in 2018. Long distance hiking is a worthy form of freedom and so is being rudderless. Life is about being in the moment, paying attention to the placement of each step and appreciating the wind at your back. And sippin' sweet tea on the porch.
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January 30th, 2018, 12:41 pm #6

Great to hear from you, Stony. As always, you continue to impress with your endless enthusiasm for State Highpointing. 417 total visits to state highpoints is amazing and I think it’ll be quite awhile before anyone else comes close to that kind of a number.

Very cool to hear about your impending relocation to Texas. As great as is New England and all the unique things this part of the country offers, it’s got to be exciting to be moving on to other parts.

Speaking of the Highpointers Foundation, it looks like I might be in position to win another auction ... this time of a couple of Messner books, one of which is signed. That Hillary/Norgay Life Magazine cover that you donated to the auction a couple of years ago now hangs nicely-framed and prominently in my living and is just a few feet away as I type.

Internet mountain forums continue to decline in poularity ... not just this one ... in favor of social media platforms. During the brief time that I was on Facebook (not for me), Dorothy’s Highpointer Group was about the best thing I came across. Summit Post is still OK enough as a data base, but forum traffic is way down from a few years back. And Northeast/New England site VFTT has also seen a huge and steady drop in traffic. People these days are more into “show me, don’t tell me” and old forums like this one don’t give you easy options to post a selfie. LOL.

Anyway, all the best in the coming year and beyond.

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

January 31st, 2018, 10:23 am #7

Hi Guys!Apologies for checking in so late. I was just going through the Highpointers Foundation website looking at things we need to update this year and one of the pages is Links to other sites and organizations. I knew Americas Roof was down but the Link to the Forum apparently still works 'cuz here I am. I only picked up 6 easy repeats last year which brings my total to 417. It's not that the thrill is gone from highpointing but life has gotten in the way the last 2 years. I spent time down in Houston with family helping with Hurricane Harvey issues and working on a little ranch house in East Texas where I'll retire to later this year. Kinda lookin' forward to proppin' my boots up on the porch railin' and watchin' the sunset out past the cow pasture while sippin' sweet tea. I know I'll miss the White of New Hampshire and the four seasons but it's time to go home. Besides, it'll be easier to get to the Southwestern and High Plains highpoints from the ranch. I stepped down as Projects Director of the Highpointers Foundation but continue to work behind the scenes with owners and managers of highpoints on a few projects that we'll complete this year and next and I no longer serve in any capacity with Highpointers Club. I don't think you guys do much on Facebook but there is a 50 States Highpointing Group page that Dorothy Kucar started a couple of years ago before she knew there were other highpointers. It's a pretty active site and I contribute encouragement and advice as often as I can. I still remember the old snail mail days and phone calls as a way of communicating with fellow highpointers until Roger started up Americas Roof and this Forum which became a huge success. Like you guys, I'll always have great memories of this hobby and how it evolved. Club members come and go and I think the active memberships has leveled out. Google, Wikipedia, GPS etc. have replaced the need for individual exchange of information. An understanding of the history of the club, the books from people like Zummwalt and Holmes aren't needed anymore. So far, Dorothy's page is the next best thing and I hope it continues along with sites like SummitPost and Peakbagger. I wish you guys all the best in 2018. Long distance hiking is a worthy form of freedom and so is being rudderless. Life is about being in the moment, paying attention to the placement of each step and appreciating the wind at your back. And sippin' sweet tea on the porch.
So what you're saying is that your next 417 is going to heavy on Driskill Mountain, LA?

I do appreciate the update, and will always think of you (incorrectly) as a Rhode Islander. You were there checking people in when i visited (and slipped and fell off of) Jerimoth Hill in 2003.

Color me old, but i really do daily miss the human interaction that's been replaced by Google and GPS. Probably 95% of it is better now because of the ease. But there's that last 5% that has quality and extra content that can only be received from direct interaction.

Who would have believed 30 years ago that one could be waxing poetic about direct interaction while talking about an internet message board. The world may not slow down for me, but the highpoints do.
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