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Joe Glickman Humphreys Article on Feb. 22

February 23 2004 at 11:53 AM
roger  (Login dipper)

Response to Arizona Republic article coming soon

Joe Glickman has three articles in the Arizona Republic

His main article tells about climbing Humphreys:

The sidebars include info on Club and americasroof

The sidebar below includes highlights

You can divide America's high points into four categories: drive-ups, easy walks, hard hikes and serious challenges.

Here's a more subjective breakdown of highs and lows around America:

MOST DIFFICULT: Alaska's 20,320-foot Mount McKinley. Heavy loads, unrelenting cold, fierce storms and thin air make this 18- to 21-day climb the toughest of them all.

TALLEST IN THE LOWER 48: At 14,494 feet, California's Mount Whitney in the John Muir Wilderness Area is a strenuous two- to three-day hike. You need a permit to climb the mountain, and you'd better heed the warning signs about leaving food in your car. A nosy bear sniffed out an unopened bag of popcorn in our trunk and wreaked havoc on the car.

LOWEST OF THE LOW: The 345-foot Britton Hill in the panhandle of Florida. You'll have to negotiate several steps - they may be wet - which lead to an incline even more precipitous than a shuffleboard court.

MOST TECHNICAL: Montana's stark 12,799-foot Granite Peak is known for its violent thunderstorms and is the only high point where climbers must tackle multiple pitches of vertical rock.

LONGEST APPROACH: From the trailhead to the summit, the arduous 25-mile one-way hike into Wyoming's remote and picturesque Wind River Range leads to the glaciated summit of the 13,804-foot Gannett Peak. Along with Mount Rainier in Washington, Harney Peak in South Dakota and Mount Elbert in Colorado, Gannett was one of the most beautiful mountains we climbed.

MOST ELUSIVE: Rhode Island's 812-foot Jerimoth Hill. For years this short stroll in the woods was guarded by an antisocial homeowner, who treated hikers the way a guard dog would a cat burglar. However, since 1988, the Highpointers Club has struck a deal with the homeowner so that there are a handful of open dates each year.

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