Rick & Alistair Sponsel Do 8 Northeast Peaks in 20 Hours 34 Minutes

Rick & Alistair Sponsel Do 8 Northeast Peaks in 20 Hours 34 Minutes

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

July 26th, 2005, 7:19 pm #1


Rick and his son Alistair Sponsel write to say they completed 8 northeast peaks in 20 hours 34 minutes on July 2/3.

The previous record for the peaks is 21 hours and 9 minutes set 11 years ago by by Jeff Rand, Dave Byers, Jeff Hinton, and Roger Horn. While the Highpointers Club does not officially recognize any records as we can not verify them (and we do not want to encourage dangerous or reckless behavior), the backup was incredibly precise in this age of digital cameras.

Extracting the Exif time information from the pictures submitted we see this chronology:

WV 2005:07:02 19:45:19
MD 2005:07:02 22:51:51
PA 2005:07:03 00:29:42
DE 2005:07:03 04:47:53
NJ 2005:07:03 07:48:52
CT 2005:07:03 10:43:52
MA 2005:07:03 13:02:48
RI 2005:07:03 16:34:24

Of course the photo data is off a little from the actual visit. Rick says they also have waypoint data too.
http://highpointers.org/?p=86

Here’s a gallery of the shots.
http://highpointers.org/gallery/sponsel
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Joined: January 23rd, 2004, 4:14 pm

July 29th, 2005, 1:14 am #2

I'm not too familar with the east coast high points but know that some can be either driven to the top(or very near the top) or can be an actual hike. Of these particular high points, how much actual hiking was done/required? Is this an acheivement of primarily human power, or vehicle power?
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Joined: April 20th, 2004, 7:19 pm

July 29th, 2005, 1:42 am #3

MD requires a 1-2 mile RT hike, Connecticut requires a 2-4 mile RT hike (depending on which rotue you take).

WV, PA, DE, NJ, MA & RI are driveups.
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