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Highpointing and Peakbagging
« on: July 23, 2018, 11:00:03 AM »

A pretty popular (but related) hobby somewhat related to clinching roads/counties is peakbagging, which is climbing mountains on a list. Some of the more well-known lists are the Adirondack High Peaks, the New England Hundred Highest, and Colorado Fourteeners. A subset of peakbagging is highpointing (visiting the highest point of counties/states). I've been an avid hiker most of my life and, relatively recently, I have expanded my clinching to mountains and high points. In many cases, I've used highpointing and peakbagging as an excuse to roadgeek and I like to combine the two when possible. On more than one occasion, I bagged new counties while on a highpointing trip and I often clinch roads as a part of it.

Is anybody else on here a highpointer or interested in completing lists of mountains? To people unfamiliar with roadgeeking, I've used highpointing as a way to explain clinching roads.
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Re: Highpointing and Peakbagging
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2018, 01:46:32 PM »

I probably have a pretty decent list of high peaks Iíve been too given that Iím an active hiker.  That said my personal high point would be Pikes Peak at 14,115 which I actually drove to via the Pikes Peak Highway. 

Probably my favorite high point accomplishment with that said was completing all the road passes in the Sierras. 

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Re: Highpointing and Peakbagging
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2018, 02:03:30 PM »

Iíll be climbing up Mount Mansfield for my first visit to Vermont this weekend. Iíve previously been to Mount Katahdin for Maine and Mount Washington for New Hampshire, so this will be my 3rd high peak.
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Re: Highpointing and Peakbagging
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2018, 02:49:55 PM »

"Peakbagging." Is that anything like "teabagging?"  :-D :-D

Seriously, I haven't heard this term before.
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Re: Highpointing and Peakbagging
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2018, 04:11:18 PM »

Iíll be climbing up Mount Mansfield for my first visit to Vermont this weekend. Iíve previously been to Mount Katahdin for Maine and Mount Washington for New Hampshire, so this will be my 3rd high peak.
You going to drive up Mansfield? :D

The climb up the Chin of Mansfield is thrilling.
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Re: Highpointing and Peakbagging
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2018, 04:18:34 PM »

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You going to drive up Mansfield?

You could somewhat, but it still leaves you 600ft of elevation short of the summit...
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Re: Highpointing and Peakbagging
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2018, 04:22:03 PM »

"Peakbagging." Is that anything like "teabagging?"  :-D :-D

Seriously, I haven't heard this term before.

I'm going to use my free pass, because that's just tasteless:

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=peakbagging

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Re: Highpointing and Peakbagging
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2018, 05:47:00 PM »

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You going to drive up Mansfield?

You could somewhat, but it still leaves you 600ft of elevation short of the summit...

Yeah. While it may be advertised as the summit, ha. Still need to hike over a mile each way along the ridge.
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Re: Highpointing and Peakbagging
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2018, 07:49:07 PM »

"Peakbagging." Is that anything like "teabagging?"  :-D :-D

Seriously, I haven't heard this term before.

I'm going to use my free pass, because that's just tasteless:

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=peakbagging

It was obvious what the meaning was, but it's not a term I've ever heard used before. And getting back to the original post, I wouldn't call highpointing a subset of peakbagging, because a number of high points aren't mountain peaks at all.
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Re: Highpointing and Peakbagging
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2018, 08:19:07 PM »

"Peakbagging." Is that anything like "teabagging?"  :-D :-D

Seriously, I haven't heard this term before.

I'm going to use my free pass, because that's just tasteless:

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=peakbagging

It was obvious what the meaning was, but it's not a term I've ever heard used before. And getting back to the original post, I wouldn't call highpointing a subset of peakbagging, because a number of high points aren't mountain peaks at all.

My wife has a cousin on Facebook who does this, and the first thing I said was "Oh, they're peakbaggers" [followed immedaitely by a confused "wha..." sound from wife].

If it wasn't for the mob-rule site, I wouldn't have heard of it, either.

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Re: Highpointing and Peakbagging
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2018, 08:19:37 PM »

The only state high points I've visited are Spruce Knob (West Virginia) and Mount Washington (New Hampshire). Those knowledgeable about such things will recognize what those two points have in common and thus why I've been to those two.

I've been to the top of Pikes Peak via the cog railway, but that's not a state high point. I would like to go to the top of Mauna Kea, but I don't anticipate visiting Hawaii again in the near future.
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Re: Highpointing and Peakbagging
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2018, 10:08:20 PM »

Yes I'm interested but have anxiety related to the activity. In Oregon we generally have the high Cascades (Hood, Jefferson, 3 finger jack, Washington, Three Sisters, Broken Top, Diamond Peak, McLaughlin) and Wallowa's 9ers (17) are the popular ones. I personally hope to be able to do South Sister soon.

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Re: Highpointing and Peakbagging
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2018, 10:55:27 PM »

I keep track of all the mountains I've summited as well as state highpoints. County highpoints are just too tedious...

I've actually doubled my visited state highpoints this summer...from 3 (Clingmans Dome TN, Mount Mitchell NC, Brasstown Bald GA) to 6 (Taum Sauk Mountain MO, Charles Mound IL, Timms Hill WI)! Not confident that I'll ever climb some of the more difficult ones like Denali, Granite Peak, or Mount Hood, but who knows. I love hiking enough.

 


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