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2016 Year-End Highpoint Extravanganza. Anybody out there....?

December 13 2016 at 4:25 AM
markv  (Login markvotapek)


(This will be the last year i start this thread unless i get at least 3 non-Marks who respond.)

If you're a highpointer, tell us what you climbed in 2016, how it went and what routes you took, and what your plans are for 2017. Don't save it all for Facebook. Share it here!

For me, at age 47, i ticked off highpoint #47: Minnesota. It was a day off at the end of a business trip, just like a lot of the ones i've done. Somehow i managed to make the little hike dramatic. I got within 50 yards of the summit on a rainy May day, slipped on some wet granite, landed on a sharp point directly on my left knee, and gashed it open all the way to the bone. Not kidding. I could see my kneecap, and the pain was intense. Being a highpointer, i cussed as i limped my way to the top and tagged it, and then proceeded to scare a whole lot of people on the way down the trail, as my pants leg was bright red with blood from the knee down to my ankle. There were couple of guys i didn't know who i think thought i was going to pass out, and they kept an eye on me on the descent but i made it down to my car a couple miles from the trailhead (+50% prominence, ask if you want to know.)

The important things are that i made highpoint #47 and that the blood washed off my pants in the laundry. I have a scar that i'll always remember Eagle Mountain by. Hopefully #s 48-49 WV and Fl will be less dramatic. And hopefully #50 Alaska will happen someday.

#47 will not happen in 2017. My work schedule already has May-July blocked out. Maybe Denali 2018? I'm not sorry for the crazy journey that state highpointing has put me through, but i wonder if i'll ever reach 50.

Tell us about your 2016 journey and 2017 plans. Even if you're named Mark. Or Allen . Or Steve. We want to hear from all of you.

K-Happy K-Holidays, and Keep Klimbing!

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