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Mountaineering is a curious hobby and one of my most passionate of pastimes. Wrought with danger, physical hardships, and personal expense; some might wonder why anyone would ever want to commit themselves to such a hobby. Others might just feel mountaineers should be commited to a mental hosipital. Despite the drawbacks it is assuredly a rewarding pursuit. The incredible, pristine, remote scenery would be reward enough but the greatest prize is the overhelming sense of accomplishment that floods over you as you stand upon the summit and gaze down on the earth below you.

Thus far, my mountaineering experience has been limited to exploring the highest mountains in each of the states within the United States of America. Although I have yet to visit them all, I have successfully summited 36 of the 50 states and hope to complete them all within by 2012. Check out the map below to check out some of my trips.

Map of US HighPoints CA - Mount Whitney AL - Cheaha Mountain AZ - Humphrey's Peak AR - Mount Magazine (Signal Hill) CO - Mount Elbert FL - Lakewood (Britton Hill) GA - Brasstown Bald ID - Borah Peak IL - Charles Mound IN - Hoosier Hill, 1,257' MO - Taum Sauk, 1,772' KS - Mount Sunflower, 4,039' KY - Black Mountain, 4,145' LA - Driskill Mountain, 535' MS - Woodall Mountain, 806' IA - Hawkeye Point, 1,670' NE - Panorama Point, 5,424' NV - Boundary Peak, 13,143' NM - Wheeler Peak, 13,161' TX - Guadalupe Peak, 8,749' NC - Mount Mitchell, 6,684' ND - White Butte, 3,506' OH - Cambell Hill, 1,550' OK - Black Mesa, 4,973' PA - Mount Davis, 3,213' SC - Sassafras Mountain, 3,560' SD - Harney Peak, 7,242' TN - Clingmans Dome, 6,643' UT - King's Peak, 13,528' VA - Mount Rogers, 5,729' WY - Gannett, 13,804' MT - Granite Peak, 12,799' WI - Timm's Hill MI - Mount Arvon MN - Eagle Mountain MD - Backbone Mountain HI - Mauna Kea AK - Denali WA - Mount Rainier OR - Mount Hood NY - Mount Marcy NJ - High Point DE - Ebright Azimuth CT - MountFrissell (South Slope) RI - Jerimoth Hill MA - Greylock VT - Mount Mansfield NH - Mount Washington MA - Katahdin (Baxter Peak) PR - Cerro de Punta Washington D.C. - Fort Reno
KEY: States: Green - summited, Yellow - attempted, White - Not visited
Dots: Green - State Lowpoint, Red - State Highpoint

 

State    Peak (Topozone Online Map)    Height (Buy Map)    Vertical Climb (Street Map)    Round Trip Mileage (Aerial Photo)    Class    Latitude/Longitude (ddd-mm-ss)    Difficulty Rank    State Rank   
Alabama Cheaha Mountain 2407 0 0 1 332908N/0854833W 46 35
Alaska Mount McKinley 20320 24500 46 10 630410N/1510013W 1 1
Arizona Humphreys Peak 12633 3500 9 6 352047N/1114040W 10 12
Arkansas Mount Magazine (Signal Hill) 2753 225 1 2 351002N/0933841W 28 34
California Mount Whitney 14494 6750 21.4 7 363445N/1181730W 8 2
Colorado Mount Elbert 14433 5000 9 6 390704N/1062641W 9 3
Connecticut Mount Frissell (South Slope) 2380 450 3.6 3 420304N/0732857W 20 36
Delaware Ebright Azimuth 448 0 0 1 395012N/0753143W 49 49
Florida Lakewood (Britton Hill) 345 0 0 1 305918N/0861655W 50 50
Georgia Brasstown Bald 4784 400 1 2 345220N/0834836W 26 25
Hawaii Mauna Kea 13796 230 0.4 1 194842N/1552815W 30 6
Idaho Borah Peak 12662 5550 6.8 8 440814N/1134646W 6 11
Illinois Charles Mound 1235 75 0.4 1 423015N/0901424W 32 45
Indiana Hoosier Hill 1257 20 0.1 1 400001N/0845105W 40 44
Iowa Hawkeye Point 1670 10 0.1 1 432754N/0954231W 41 42
Kansas Mount Sunflower 4039 0 0 1 390119N/1020212W 44 28
Kentucky Black Mountain 4145 0 0.1 1 365451N/0825338W 42 27
Louisiana Driskill Mountain 535 150 1.8 2 322528N/0925350W 25 48
Maine Katahdin (Baxter Peak) 5267 4200 10.4 5 455415N/0685522W 15 22
Maryland Backbone Mountain 3360 750 2.2 3 391442N/0792930W 22 32
Massachusetts Greylock 3491 20 0.1 1 423815N/0731000W 39 31
Michigan Mount Arvon 1979 300 2 2 464520N/0880921W 24 38
Minnesota Eagle Mountain 2301 600 7 4 475351N/0903336W 18 37
Mississippi Woodall Mountain 806 0 0 1 344716N/0881430W 48 47
Missouri Taum Sauk 1772 30 0.4 1 373413N/0904340W 33 41
Montana Granite Peak 12799 7700 22.2 9 450948N/1094826W 3 10
Nebraska Panorama Point 5424 0 0 1 410400N/1040118W 43 20
Nevada Boundary Peak 13143 4400 7.4 6 375046N/1182100W 11 9
New Hampshire Mount Washington 6288 20 0.1 1 441614N/0711817W 38 18
New Jersey High Point 1803 40 0.2 1 411914N/0743943W 36 40
New Mexico Wheeler Peak 13161 3250 6.2 6 363324N/1052459W 12 8
New York Mount Marcy 5344 3200 14.8 5 440645N/0735526W 14 21
North Carolina Mount Mitchell 6684 100 0.2 1 354553N/0821555W 35 16
North Dakota White Butte 3506 400 2 2 462312N/1031807W 23 30
Ohio Campbell Hill 1550 0 0 1 402211N/0834314W 47 43
Oklahoma Black Mesa 4973 775 8.6 4 365555N/1025950W 17 23
Oregon Mount Hood 11239 5300 8 8 452225N/1214133W 5 13
Pennsylvania Mount Davis 3213 0 0 1 394710N/0791034W 45 33
Rhode Island Jerimoth Hill 812 25 0.6 1 415058N/0714645W 29 46
South Carolina Sassafras Mountain 3560 30 0.2 1 350353N/0824639W 37 29
South Dakota Harney Peak 7242 1500 5.8 4 435158N/1033152W 19 15
Tennessee Clingmans Dome 6643 330 1 2 353346N/0832955W 27 17
Texas Guadalupe Peak 8749 2950 8.4 5 315328N/1045136W 13 14
Utah Kings Peak 13528 5350 28.8 7 404643N/1102228W 7 7
Vermont Mount Mansfield 4393 550 2.8 3 443237N/0724853W 21 26
Virginia Mount Rogers 5729 1500 8.6 4 363935N/0813241W 16 19
Washington Mount Rainier (Columbia Crest) 14411 9100 16 9 465110N/1214531W 4 4
West Virginia Spruce Knob 4863 20 0.4 1 384159N/0793159W 34 24
Wisconsin Timms Hill 1951 130 0.4 1 452704N/0901142W 31 39
Wyoming Gannett Peak 13804 8650 40.4 9 431104N/1093912W 2 5

Would Be States
Puerto Rico Cerro de Punta 4,389 Feet
Washington, DC Fort Reno 429 Feet
Notes:
The highpoints of Indiana, Oklahoma and Iowa are not listed on the official USGS database. Here is the coordinates submitted by a visitor for Indiana: 40 00 06N/84 50 93W.
1. This table represents the highest points as recognized by the Highpointers Club.
2. The classifications of difficulty, vertical climb, roundtrip mileage are based on data provided by Thomas Martin. Link to his article containing the Martin Classification of Difficulty for U.S. State Highpoints to understand the reasoning.
3. The GPS Waypoint information is based on the USGS Name Server.
4. The overall difficulty is based on a sort in the following order:
    a. Classification
    b. Round Trip Hiking Mileage (from nearest approach)
    c. Vertical Gain
    d. Elevation
It is important that you do not underestimate a summit merely because it is a drive up. Some mountains (particularly Mount Washington, NH, and Mauna Kea, HI) can be much more inaccessible than their rating would indicate based on this sort.

 

 

 

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