Midwestern US, US High Points

On Top of South Dakota: Black Elk Peak

After summiting the North Dakota high point the day before, Chelsea and I set out to conquer South Dakota. Our hotel was only about 30 minutes from the trailhead, so this one involved much less driving. The hike, however, was a little more substantial. The highest point in South Dakota is Black Elk Peak, formerly… Continue reading On Top of South Dakota: Black Elk Peak

Midwestern US, US High Points

On Top of North Dakota: White Butte

Chelsea and I both have the goal to summit as many US state high points as possible. Up to this point, we’d both checked a few of them off our lists… separately. This time, we decided we’d check a couple off together! The states? North and South Dakota. And so, two days after the end… Continue reading On Top of North Dakota: White Butte

Midwestern US, US High Points

On Top of Oklahoma: Black Mesa

When we told people we were heading to Oklahoma for the weekend, the typical response was a raised eyebrow followed by a confused “why?” In their defense, it’s not exactly a hopping travel destination, especially the panhandle region. But aside from the fact that I had the entire soundtrack of Oklahoma! stuck in my head… Continue reading On Top of Oklahoma: Black Mesa

Midwestern US, US High Points

On Top of Kansas: Mount Sunflower

In late April of 2021, Pat and I set out for our first camping trip of the season. Our ultimate destination was the Oklahoma panhandle to climb the state high point. As it turns out, when one drives from Denver to Oklahoma there’s quite a lot to see along the way. So naturally, we stopped… Continue reading On Top of Kansas: Mount Sunflower

Midwestern US, US High Points

On Top of Nebraska: Panorama Point

The highest point in Nebraska, Panorama Point, is located just across the border from both Colorado and Wyoming in the middle of basically nowhere. The elevation at Panorama Point is 5424 feet (1653 m) – higher than I would have expected for a plains state. But one thing differentiates this high point from most of… Continue reading On Top of Nebraska: Panorama Point

East Coast US, US High Points, US National Parks

On Top Of: Tennessee & North Carolina

During the course of our two days in the Smoky Mountains – in addition to all the hikes I talked about in last week’s post – I managed to check two more state high points off my list. Admittedly, not in the “proper” way. After all, to be a high pointer don’t you have to… Continue reading On Top Of: Tennessee & North Carolina

East Coast US, New England, Northeastern US, US High Points

On Top of New England: Mount Washington, New Hampshire

In my quest to summit all the state high points of the northeast, Mount Washington long seemed so out of reach. It was a 4-hour drive from our house, making it too far for a day trip. It was even really too long for a normal weekend trip, considering it takes a whole day to… Continue reading On Top of New England: Mount Washington, New Hampshire

East Coast US, New England, Northeastern US, US High Points

On Top of Vermont: Mount Mansfield

Labor Day weekend 2016 was finally upon us, and Pat and I had an exciting goal to accomplish: summiting the highest point in Vermont. The weather forecast was solid and we’d climbed the highest mountain in Massachusetts the weekend before in preparation. We were ready for this! Mount Mansfield rises to an elevation of 4393… Continue reading On Top of Vermont: Mount Mansfield

East Coast US, New England, Northeastern US, US High Points

On Top of Massachusetts: Mount Greylock

Today, we return to the “On Top Of” series I began a while back as I recount our hike up the highest point in Massachusetts: Mount Greylock! With an elevation of 3491 feet (1064 m), Mount Greylock is much taller than either of the previous state high points we’d conquered (Connecticut and Rhode Island). It… Continue reading On Top of Massachusetts: Mount Greylock

East Coast US, New England, Northeastern US, US High Points

On Top of Connecticut: Bear Mountain

I haven’t decided yet if I’m a High-Pointer – that is, a person who sets the goal of standing atop the highest point in each state. The part of me that’s drawn to superlatives (the tallest, oldest, etc.) loves the idea. The part of me that enjoys making lists and crossing things off of lists… Continue reading On Top of Connecticut: Bear Mountain