Back in the early 90's, Gene Schaller and I got together over a beer to talk highpointing. At the time, I think he and I were the only 2 Club members from the state. Does that count? Seriously, I'm glad I made contact with Gene back then, because it was his connection to several climbers in Arizona that got the ball rolling for me in the late 90's to tackle the western peaks. Our AZ-DE team convened 3 years in a row, where I finished the lower 48. And it all started with a phone call and a beer.