I recently got into highpointing after reading the NYTimes travel section article from November. Despite my low numbers, I am thoroughly enjoying it so far and looking forward to many more hikes/climbs. I am curious to know the impact that the recent increase in public coverage of highpointing has on the sport/hobby (NYTimes, Geico articles, etc.). Are you seeing many more newbies like me show up? What do the highpointing veterans think? My wife is a news writer and has been hearing me go on and on about it (and has been dragged to a few spots as well), and is thinking about ideas for an article about the impact the coverage has had. Just wondering.
Cogratulations on joining the club. Many adventures await you. Savor each climb, remember there are only 50 of them, take your time.
Don't worry that your wife doesn't share your enthusiasm. I finally got over my wife's indifference after 20 some years. I actually dragged here to 28 or 29 highpoints. She refused to get out of the car at several more and turned back on Mt Frisell due to the terrain. At the first Highpoint the club did in 1987 she stayed in L'anse with her girlfriend. She has been back to Mt Arvon since but never summited. It took me awhile to get over this since we are from Michigan.
Come to the conventions, they are a riot. I don't think I can make it this year because of my job. They don't understand either.
You'll enjoy the comment in the Milestones column of the latest newsletter, written by a guy who solved his wife's reluctance by taking her to 2 scenic highpoints. I'll let you read the column to read his funny comment about it . . .
Yes, my phone rang a lot after the Geico article, and Craig gets new members that mention this article or that article. It's fun to see the response that print media generates (while it still exists).
In recent years, hobby clubs like ours have been affected by the internet where virtually everything is free. It's tough to convince people to part with twenty bucks each year, so we try to get the word out. In fact, the Board created a new Marketing Committee, led by very capable and very enthusiastic Bill Deitzer. Yeah, we offer a colorful quarterly magazine, but the real deal is the fact that a group creates a much more powerful voice that speaks up for the highpoints - - to aid the owners, to ensure access, and to do things that individuals just can't do.
Anyways, welcome and have fun out there. Send me a photo for the newsletter.