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Vin Hoeman's Mountain Journal

August 16 2012 at 5:10 PM
Steve Gruhn  (Login SteveGruhn)


Response to Highpoint Changes Over the Years

 
I happen to have a copy of Vin Hoemans Mountain Journal, the contents of which you might find interesting. Vin climbed extensively throughout the world (including other national highpoints), so I will only report the state highpoints listed in his journal:

July 1939 Clingmans Dome, Tennessee, with his family. He noted that he probably didnt reach the very top. Because Vin was born on September 2, 1936, he would have been 2 years old. (But note his entry for May 16, 1965.)

1. November 1947 Campbell Hill, Ohio, with his father while hunting.

2. November 30, 1957 Mount Elbert, Colorado, with Tom Choate and G. Woodmansee. (See also his entry for November 27, 1958.)

3. April 12, 1958 Harney Peak, South Dakota, with J. Lees and Gene Sloniker.

May 1, 1958 Black Butte (3455), North Dakota, solo. (But note his entry for December 12, 1965.)

November 27, 1958 Mount Elbert, Colorado, with Gasbarro. He noted there was a Colorado Mountain Club register on the summit.

4. April 24, 1959 Mount Whitney, California, solo.

5. July 25, 1959 Mount Rainier, Washington, with R. Macy, N. Cady, M. Hauser, and J. Greig. (Also note his entry for July 24, 1960.)

6. December 6, 1959 Borah Peak, Idaho, solo.

7. July 17, 1960 Mount Hood, Oregon, solo.

July 24, 1960 Mount Rainier, Washington, via the Emmons Glacier with A. Krup, B. Engelbright, E. Street, and K. Heusler.

8. July 19, 1963 Mount McKinley South Peak, Alaska, with David P. Johnston. He noted that he stayed overnight on the snow summit to watch a solar eclipse.

9. April 23, 1964 Mauna Kea, Hawaii, solo (but Huber accompanied him partway). He noted that he climbed 6,000 feet of elevation to reach the summit.

10. November 8, 1964 Spruce Knob, West Virginia, with T. Cobb Abbott. He noted that there was a 5-foot massive cairn on the summit.

11. November 21, 1964 Mount Rogers, Virginia, with T. Cobb Abbott. He noted that there was a U.S. Geological Survey monument on the summit that said RODGERS 1930 1933. He also noted that there were spruce and balsam fir present.

12. November 22, 1964 Sassafras Mountain, South Carolina, with T. Cobb Abbott. He noted there was a fire lookout tower and a benchmark that read 1129 1934.

13. November 22, 1964 Brasstown Bald, Georgia, with T. Cobb Abbott. He noted that on the summit there were a 62-foot-high U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center and an old 50-foot fire tower.

14. November 27, 1964 Cheaha Mountain, Alabama, with T. Cobb Abbott. He noted that on the summit there were a stone tower, a radio antenna, and a benchmark that read CHEAHA 1942.

15. November 27, 1964 Britton Hill, Florida, with T. C. Abbott. He noted there was an abandoned frame church on the summit.

16. December 23, 1964 Woodall Mountain, Mississippi, with T. Cobb Abbott. He noted that there was a U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey monument that read KNOB 1934 1914 and that there was a 60-foot fire tower on the summit.

17. January 2, 1965 Mount Washington, New Hampshire, with T. Cobb David P. Johnston, and Pete Robinson.

18. May 15, 1965 Black Mountain, Kentucky, solo.

19. May 16, 1965 Mount Mitchell, North Carolina, solo. He noted there was a stone tower on the summit.

20. May 16, 1965 Clingmans Dome, North Carolina and Tennessee, solo. He noted there was an observation ramp on the summit.

*21. May 17-18, 1965 Gentry Hill (500+), Louisiana, solo by car. We now know that Driskill Mountain is the highpoint of Louisiana.

22. May 18, 1965 Magazine Mountain, Arkansas, solo by car.

23. May 19, 1965 Taum Sauk Mountain, Missouri, solo.

24. May 21, 1965 Mount Sunflower, Kansas, solo. (Also note his second entry for the same day.)

May 21, 1965 Mount Sunflower, Kansas, with R. Harrold by car.

25. May 22, 1965 Black Mesa, Oklahoma, solo.

26. May 23, 1965 Wheeler Peak, New Mexico, solo.

27. May 26, 1965 Guadalupe Peak, Texas, solo. He noted there was a 6-foot stainless-steel pyramid on the summit.

28. May 29, 1965 Humphreys Peak, Arizona, solo. He noted there was a cairn on the summit.

29. May 31, 1965 Boundary Peak, Nevada, solo. He noted there was a small cairn on the summit.

June 21, 1965 Granite Peak, Montana, solo attempt to 12710 feet. He noted that he reached the snow dome west of the summit. (But note his entry for June 26, 1966.)

November 3, 1965 highpoint (4000+) attempt, Nebraska, solo. He noted that he reached only cairn point.

*30. November 5, 1965 Ocheyedah Mound (1675), Iowa, solo. He noted that it was leased to john Stopsack 33 years. He noted a DeKalb sign and an older vase on top. We now know that Hawkeye Point is the highpoint of Iowa.

31. November 6, 1965 Charles Mound, Illinois, solo. He noted there were U.S. Geological Survey brass caps in cement.

32. November 7, 1965 highpoint of Indiana, solo.

November 7, 1965 Campbell Hill, Ohio, solo attempt. He noted that the summit was a U.S. Air Force site and that a tower on a nearby hill was higher.

33. November 8, 1965 Mount Davis, Pennsylvania, solo. He noted there was a tower on the summit.

34. November 8, 1965 Backbone Mountain, Maryland, solo. He noted there was a tower on the summit.

November 16, 1965 Old Centerville highpoint (440), Delaware, solo. He noted there was a squared rock posthole on the summit. (But note his entries for May 8, 1966.)

35. November 17, 1965 High Point, New Jersey, solo. He noted there was a stone memorial tower on the summit.

36. December 2, 1965 highest point in Connecticut.

December 2, 1965 Jerimoth Hill, Rhode Island, solo attempt. He noted that he failed to reach the top in the dark. (But note his May 17, 1966 entry.)

December 2, 1965 Mount Frissell, Massachusetts, solo (lest anyone question whether he reached the highpoint of Connecticut).

37. December 7, 1965 Mount Greylock, Massachusetts, solo.

38. December 10, 1965 Timms Hill, Wisconsin, solo. He noted there were a fire tower and a benchmark on the summit.

39. December 12, 1965 White Butte, North Dakota, solo. He noted that he left a register jar and a can on the summit.

40. May 8, 1966 Winterset Farm, Ebright Road, Delaware, with David P. Johnston.
May 8, 1966 Rockford Hill, Delaware, with David P. Johnston. He noted that on the summit there was a 100-foot water tower that had been built in 1900.

41. May 17, 1966 Jerimoth Hill, Rhode Island, with David P. Johnston. He noted that there was a 1-1/2-foot cairn on a boulder on the summit.

42. May 19, 1966 Mount Katahdin, Maine, with David P. Johnston.

43. May 21, 1966 Mount Mansfield, Vermont, with David P. Johnston and Don Stockard.

44. May 22, 1966 Mount Marcy, New York, with Yogi, David P. Johnston, Don Stockard, and Al Jenks. He noted that there was a U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey marker on the summit that read No. 2 MARCY 1942.

45. June 2, 1966 highpoint of Nebraska, with Suetsugu. He noted there was a 4-inch-diameter pipe that was 4-1/2 feet tall on the summit.

46. June 17, 1966 Kings Peak, Utah, with Kit Hoeman. He noted that there was a 3-foot cairn with a Harlicks Malted Milk bottle, which he replaced.

47. June 23, 1966 Gannett Peak, Wyoming, with D. Hoefer, David P. Johnston, Sally Johnston, and George P. Menard, Jr. He was on a rope George P. Menard, Jr. He noted that there was a 3-foot cairn with a U.S. Forest Service brass canister that contained a Colorado Mountain Club register that had been placed there on July 20, 1961.

48. June 26, 1966 Granite Peak, Montana, with George P. Menard, Jr. (David P. Johnston and Sally Johnston reached the summit later.) He noted there were both a new register and an old register on the summit.

*49. June 30, 1966 Mount Curwood, Michigan, with David P. Johnston and Sally Johnston. He noted the summit was in a forest. We now know that Mount Arvon is the highpoint of Michigan.

50. July 1, 1966 Eagle Mountain, Minnesota, with David P. Johnston and Sally Johnston. He noted that he rebuilt the cairn and left a pole with his initials. He also noted a dehydrated milk can and a post on the summit.

August 27, 1967 South Peak of Mount McKinley, with Ray Genet (C. Crenshaw and R. Springgate were also in the party).


 
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