I wasn't a highpointer by design; rather, I was looking for stargazing spots. My very first high point came quite by accident when someone from an astronomy club in Akron, OH strongly recommended Spruce Knob.
All I can say is....it's dark up there. VERY, VERY dark. Couldn't believe my eyes; on summer nights you see the Milky Way span from horizon to horizon.
Well, apparently the word is out...
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepage ... /Ds_wv.htm
This spot is becoming very popular with East Coast astronomers fleeing light pollution. The next clear night on a weekend without any moonlight, you should check the place out; it's just awesome.
By happy coincidence the Board of the Mountain Institute will be meeting on Spruce Knob on this our week of the convention.
The Mountain Institute is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization committed to the preservation of mountain environments and advancement of mountain cultures around the world. Since 1972, we have administered conservation, research, development, and education programs in the Andean, Appalachian and Himalayan Mountain Ranges.
Here's an article in the Charleston Sunday Gazette-Mail on July 22:
Board members of The Mountain Institute, a global think tank offering programs to assist mountain people in Appalachia, the Himalayas and the Andes, are returning to their organization's Spruce Knob roots this week.
Following board meetings this weekend, several of the institute's top executives will tour sites and take part in discussions across West Virginia to learn more about issues related to mining, timbering, public land policies and ecotourism.
While previous Mountain Institute annual board meetings have been held in Nepal and Peru, the current meeting is being held on the Pendleton County mountainside where the organization was founded as the Woodlands Institute in 1972 by Daniel Taylor-Ide. Taylor-Ide, a Harvard-trained educator, went on to establish the West Virginia Scholars Academy, a summer program designed to help state high school students get into their colleges of choice.