John is modest in his post. This article (in the Sunday, Jan. 27, Fort Collins Coloradan is really about our favorite newsletter editors (complete with color photos).
Here's an excerpt.
Few in Colorado are into highpointing like [John] Mitchler and [Dave] Covill, though there are other Colorado zealots. In 1996, Mitchler, a geologist who works for an environmental construction company, became the first person to hike to all 63 county high points in Colorado. It took him two years to accomplish the feat, which takes an average of five years. In 1999, Covill became the fifth person to do all 63 county highpoints in 1999. Today, 10 people have done all 64 counties.
But the two Colorado Mountain Club members haven't stopped there. Mitchler, who is single, ranks seventh in the nation in checking off county highpoints with 322, which he considers pretty darn good since most of those in front of him are "either retired or educators with summers off to highpoint'', like the national leader who has more than double Mitchler's total. While on a four-day visit to his parents' place in Illinois over Christmas, he knocked off 20 Illinois county highpoints. Makes you wonder when he had time to open presents.