Highpointing - What's That About?
It was sometime in early 2005 during my usual winter slump when I came up with the idea of hiking
some of the tallest mountains in each state. Although I didn't expect to be the first with the idea I was
pleasantly surprised when I found out through a quick internet search that there were plenty of people
trying to reach the highest point in each state and that there exists a club for these "highpointers".
This club and several guidebooks provide a wealth of information about what it takes to achieve this
goal.

The idea of highpointing appealed to me for several reasons. It would combine several interests of
mine - hiking, camping, traveling this beautiful country, and more importantly, allow me to spend time
with my son, Kevin, on these shared interests. (I'll also stay hopeful that my wife, Pam, and daughters
Emily and Colleen, will also occasionally want to join us.) After more research and thought, the idea
expanded from hiking some local peaks to climbing all 48 of the highpoints in the contiguous United
States. (I am reasonable - I've excluded Mount McKinley as a bit too extreme and costly.) Although the
ultimate goal is 48 states, I will continue to remind myself that it is the journey that matters and I have
the rest of my life to do it. The general plan is to get momentum with the states nearby to our home
state of New York, switch the focus to the more difficult ones out West before age starts catching up to
me too much, and then knock off the rest at our leisure and even into my retirement if I have to.

Early on, after driving up Jerimoth Hill on route 101 essentially to the top, Kevin showed his purist side
by suggesting we should have walked up the road to actually climb the high point of Rhode Island. This
led to a discussion of our own ground rules. First, we will do them together as long as possible, and
second, we will hike up whenever that option reasonably exists. It is fair to start from a through road
that does not exist just to bring people to the top. This is more stringent than the Highpointers club
which, for example, recognizes a drive up Mount Washington as achieving the highpoint.

I put this web site together in response to my Mom's suggestion that I do a little better than my
handwritten notes for trip logs. I hope you enjoy it and wish us luck as we fill in the yellow in the map
above!

- Bob
Bob and Kevin's Highpointing Adventures
Mt Katahdin, ME  5,267'
Spruce Knob, WV  4,863'
Mt Davis, PA  3,213'
Mt Greylock, MA  3,487'
Jerimoth Hill, RI  812'
Mt Marcy, NY  5,344'
Mt Washington, NH  6,288'
Mt Frissell (shoulder), CT  2,380'
High Point, NJ  1,803'
Ebright Azimuth, DE  448'
Backbone Mountain, MD  3,360'
Mt Mansfield, VT  4,393'
Move mouse pointer over the highpoint icon for more
information or click on completed ones to see the trip log.

We have climbed 46 highpoints so far.
Highpointers.org Web Page
AmericasRoof.com Web Page
Mt Rogers, VA  5,729'
Black Mtn, KY  4,145'
Mt Mitchell, NC  6,684'
Clingmans Dome, TN  6,643'
Sassafras Mtn, SC  3,560'
Brasstown Bald, GA  4,784'
Cheaha Mtn, AL  2,407'
Lakewood Park, FL  345'
Woodall Mtn, MS  806'
Driskill Mtn, LA  535'
Campbell Hill, OH  1,550'
Hoosier High Pt, IN  1,257'
Charles Mound, IN  1,235'
Mt Arvon, MI  1,979'
Timms Hill, WI  1,951'
Magazine Mtn, AR  2,753'
Taum Sauk Mtn, MO  1,772'
Hawkeye Pt, IA  1,670'
Eagle Mtn, MN  2,301'
Mauna Kea, HI  13,796'
Mt McKinley, AK  20,320'
Black Mesa, OK  4,973'
Guadalupe Peak, TX  8,749'
Mt Sunflower, KS  4,039'
Panorama Pt, NE  5,424'
Harney Pk, SD  7,242'
White Butte, ND  3,506'
Wheeler Peak, NM  13,161'
Humphreys Peak, AZ  12,633'
Mt Elbert, CO  14,433'
Gannett Peak, WY  13,804'
Granite Peak, MT  12,799'
Kings Peak, UT  13,528'
Borah Peak, ID  12,662'
Boundary Peak, NV  13,143'
Mt Whitney, CA  14,494'
Mt Hood, OR  11,239'
Mt Rainier, WA  14,411'
STATE
LOCATION
ELEVATION
(ft)
HEIGHT
RANK
VERTICAL
GAIN (ft)
DATE
CLIMBED
Massachusetts
Mt Greylock
3,491
31
2,791
08/25/03
Rhode Island
Jerimoth Hill
812
46
5
07/03/05
New Jersey
High Point
1,803
40
800
07/10/05
Connecticut
Mt Frissell
2,380
36
548
11/05/05
Maine
Mt Katahdin
5,267
22
4,300
06/26/06
New Hampshire
Mt Washington
6,288
18
4,270
06/28/06
Vermont
Mt Mansfield
4,393
26
2,800
06/29/06
New York
Mt Marcy
5,344
21
3,200
06/30/06
Delaware
Ebright Azimuth
448
49
0
08/12/06
Arizona
Humphreys Peak
12,633
12
3,213
08/10/07
Nevada
Boundary Peak
13,143
9
4,226
08/12/07
California
Mt Whitney
14,494
2
5,626
08/14/07
Utah
Kings Peak
13,528
7
4,943
07/08/08
Oregon
Mt Hood
11,239
13
3,800
07/10/08
Idaho
Borah Peak
12,662
11
5,200
07/13/08
Arkansas
Magazine Mtn
2,753
34
225
04/05/09
Louisiana
Driskill Mtn
535
48
150
04/06/09
Florida
Lakewood Park
345
50
0
04/08/09
Alabama
Cheaha Mtn
2,407
35
0
04/09/09
Mississippi
Woodall Mtn
806
47
0
04/09/09
Pennsylvania
Mt Davis
3,213
33
0
07/08/10
Maryland
Backbone Mtn
3,360
32
720
07/08/10
West Virginia
Spruce Knob
4,863
24
890
07/09/10
Virginia
Mt Rogers
5,729
19
1,500
04/18/11
Kentucky
Black Mtn
4,145
27
0
04/18/11
North Carolina
Mt Mitchell
6,684
16
3,550
04/19/11
South Carolina
Sassafras Mtn
3,560
29
2,310
04/20/11
Georgia
Brasstown Bald
4,784
25
1,815
04/21/11
Tennessee
Clingmans Dome
6,643
17
2,370
04/22/11
Indiana
Hoosier High Point
1,257
44
0
04/23/11
Ohio
Campbell Hill
1,550
43
50
04/23/11
Nebraska
Panorama Point
5,424
20
0
06/29/12
Kansas
Mt Sunflower
4,039
28
0
06/29/12
Oklahoma
Black Mesa
4,973
23
775
06/30/12
Texas
Guadalupe Peak
8,749
14
2,950
07/02/12
New Mexico
Wheeler Peak
13,161
8
3,250
07/03/12
Colorado
Mt Elbert
14,433
3
4,800
07/04/12
Wisconsin
Timms Hill
1,951
39
130
05/26/13
Michigan
Mt Arvon
1,979
38
40
05/26/13
Minnesota
Eagle Mtn
2,301
37
600
05/27/13
North Dakota
White Butte
3,506
30
420
05/29/13
South Dakota
Harney Peak
7,242
15
1,500
05/29/13
Iowa
Hawkeye Point
1,670
42
10
05/30/13
Missouri
Taum Sauk Mtn
1,772
41
30
05/31/13
Illinois
Charles Mound
1,235
45
270
06/01/13
Montana
Granite Peak
12,799
10
6,600
08/06/16
Alaska
Mt McKinley
20,320
1
 
 
Hawaii
Mauna Kea
13,796
6
 
 
Washington
Mt Rainier
14,411
4
 
 
Wyoming
Gannett Peak
13,804
5
 
 
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