Highpointers Foundation Projects
The predecessor of the Highpointers Foundation was an account, known as the Good Guys & Gals Fund.
Arkansas – Magazine Mountain2017 - Amount of financial assistance: $5,400
The Highpointers Foundation provided two benches and an information kiosk on Magazine Mountain plus a trailhead registration box.
California – Mount Whitney2012 - Amount of financial assistance: roughly $900
The Highpointers Foundation provided two benches near Mount Whitney.
Colorado – Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering MuseumAn ongoing project in Golden, Colorado (2007 –> 2016)
Amount of financial assistance: roughly $7,700
The Highpointers Foundation provided funds for the
creation of a state highpointing exhibit at the new museum, located
at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden. This building houses the
Colorado Mountain Club, the American Alpine Club, Outward Bound,
Colorado Trail Foundation, Fourteeners Initiative,
and other smaller non-profits associated with the mountains.
The Highpointers Foundation is committed to assisting the BWAMM in further maintenance and development efforts of the state highpoint exhibit. The Foundation hopes to be able to contribute to the BWAMM on an annual basis.
The donations for this initial expenditure were provided by the Paul Zumwalt Museum and Education Fund. The late Paul Zumwalt was a surveyor and hiking guidebook author who, along with Highpointers Club Founder Jack Longacre, was committed to creating a museum for highpointing that could someday provide educational assistance to bring the world of highpointing to a broader audience. This Fund was un-used for many years after the passing of both men, until the Highpointers Club Board of Directors determined that the best use of these funds would be to direct the funds, via the Highpointers Foundation, to assist in the creation of an exhibit at the BWAMM. Funds are being set aside for a future project at the BWAMM involving tangible historical highpointing artifacts. Another project under consideration is a short movie highlighting the 50 state highpoints, to be shown in the BWAMM theater. Users enter, push a button, and can sit and watch movies there.
The 50th anniversary of the first climb of Mount Everest brought together great alpinists who played a major part in Everest history. The following climbers signed this Nepal Flag: Sir Edmund Hillary, Junko Tabei, Norbu Sherpa, Tom Hornbein, Phil Ershler, Beck Weathers, Nawang Gombu, Peter Hackett, David Breashears, Jon Krakauer, Jim Whittaker, and Maurice Herzog. A donor gave the Highpointers Foundation money to have the flag mounted, framed, and placed on a wall in BWAMM, where it resides today.
Connecticut – Mount Frissell2012 - Amount of financial assistance: roughly $50
The Highpointers Foundation provided funds for a register and sign on the summit of Mount Frissell that provide directions to the Connecticut Highpoint on the southern slopes of Mount Frissell. A register was also placed at the Highpoint.
District of Columbia – Point Reno2007 to 2008 - Amount of financial assistance: roughly $500
The Highpointers Foundation provided funds for a
benchmark placed by the Washington D.C. Surveyors Association
after the highest natural ground of the Federal District was properly surveyed and
established in 2007. There was a dedication ceremony in April 2008, and
the highpoint became officially known at that point. The National Park
Service is cited right on the benchmark as the owner, with
acknowledgements to the Surveyors Association and the Highpointers Club.
This was the first collaboration between the Highpointers Foundation
and another organization for the benefit of a highpoint and for
the benefit of the National Park Service.
Florida – Britton Hill2012 - Amount of financial assistance: roughly $2,200
The Highpointers Foundation provided funds for two benches and a kiosk that were placed on Britton Hill close to the Florida Highpoint. Walton County Commissioner Kenneth Pridgen visited the highpoint to enjoy a bench.
Georgia – Brasstown Bald2017 - Amount of financial assistance: $7,900
The Highpointers Foundation provided funds for two
benches and an information kiosk that were placed on Brasstown Bald.
One bench is on the observation deck, providing rest and views.
The second bench is at the upper shuttle stop where weary vistors can await their transportation to the parking area below.
The information kiosk is on the wall on the breezeway educating visitors about the importance of Basstown Bald and other state highpoints.
The kiosk also advises highpointers to check with visitor center staff to gain access to the true bencmark, which is set in bedrock beneath the building.
The benches were installed by Pam and Julie from Friends of Brasstown Bald with USFS employee Lorne Cosner (pictured).
Idaho – Mount Borah2017 - Amount of financial assistance: roughly $200
The Highpointers Foundation has provided funds for an ammo box register that will be placed on the summit of Mount Borah in 2017.
Indiana – Hoosier Highpoint2011 - Amount of financial assistance: roughly $1,300
The Highpointers Foundation has provided funds for signs leading visitors to the highpoint from the local road. These signs, developed by the Renaissance Signs firm of Gonic NH, employ theft-resistant bolts to deter vandals. Previous work by an Eagle Scout is being supplemented by new improvements from the Foundation, including a bench, and possibly a picnic table and info kiosk to come.
Iowa – Hawkeye PointAn ongoing project (2009 –> 2015) - Amount of financial assistance to date: $10,100
The Highpointers Foundation is committed to provide funds for a major renovation at Hawkeye Point. The Highpointers Club Liaison Committee has actively worked to foster a relationship with both the private property owners, and the local Osceola County government. In 2007 an agreement was reached whereby the Sterler family, owners of the farm for many decades, would donate the actual land at the highpoint to the County, and would sell the remaining several acres of the surrounding farm houses to the County. This agreement was realized in April 2008, and the County now has taken possession of the highpoint. County agencies will occupy the building on the location to help offset the purchase price, and state funding is being sought to assist in a visitor center.
The Foundation has committed to assisting with this process. An informational kiosk has been built near the highpoint, and the old license plate display is on the back side of it. A flagpole has been erected. Five tall posts have been erected with 10 signs on each, indicating the distance and direction to other US highpoints. Major landscaping around the highpoint and the house has been completed. Much of this has been paid for by the Foundation. An 18-foot high observation platform has been built around the old corn silo.
The highway which passes close by to the west of Hawkeye Point was recently upgraded to a major 4-lane highway, and the corridor now draws a substantially higher volume of traffic than in years past. A visitor center would bring many in for a stop. A seven acre plot of wooded land immediately north of the highpoint has been purchased from the state of Iowa Highway Department for a campground as well, and initial development occurred in 2011-2015. Brush has been cleared, and gravel laid for camping and RVs. A bathroom with showers and a picnic pavilion was completed in summer 2015. Weary travelers can now find a place to stay next to the highpoint, perhaps one of the few locally owned highpoints in America where overnight visitation is allowed this close to the actual highpoint. The Highpointers Foundation provided the majority of funds to acquire and develop this acreage.
The Highpointers Foundation also helped to memorialize Hawkeye Point Foundation Creator Kirk Grau, who passed away in 2013. The Foundation also funded the creation of the 50 state mileage markers that are mounted on five posts and denote accurate distances to the other state highpoints.
Louisiana – Driskill Mountain2012 –> 2018 - Amount of financial assistance: roughly $1,700
The Highpointers Foundation has provided two benches for visitors, one at the highpoint and one at a view site. In cooperation with the land owners, we have placed an information kiosk at the highpoint. The LA HP owner reached out to the Club for assistance due to concerns over visitor Safety. Some hikers had been straying off of the road onto alternate paths, and local hunters were not expecting this. The HPF provided signage advising hikers to stay on the trail, and to wear Blaze Orange during hunting season in late Fall. The signs were installed in January 2018.
Maryland – Backbone Mountain2011 and 2012 - Amount of financial assistance: roughly $4,000
The Highpointers Foundation provided funds for signs leading visitors to the highpoint from the highway and along the summit ridge. These signs, developed by the Renaissance Signs firm of Gonic NH, employ theft-resistant bolts to deter vandals. A register mailbox and bench was added in 2012. We replaced the old wooden picnic table with a new one in 2017.
Michigan – Mount Arvon2011 - Amount of financial assistance: roughly $2,500
The Highpointers Foundation provided funds for a new register mailbox to be placed at the summit area, along with custom trail signage and a new summit sign. This was placed in the Fall of 2011. Theft-resistant bolts were used to discourage vandals. With additional funds we are now able to provide a new bench, picnic table, etc. We reached an agreement with the local authorities to place a bench at the recently cleared view spot, located a hundred yards north from the highpoint. In the fall of 2012, trees were cleared in a sufficient arc and depth to clearly see Lake Superior to the North, and the bench was placed facing the lake.
Minnesota – Eagle Mountain2011 and 2012 - Amount of financial assistance: roughly $1,700
The Highpointers Foundation worked with the USFS and local historical societies to
renovate the famous plaque imbedded in the summit boulder on Eagle Mountain. This operation took considerable
skill on the part of Highpointer Club volunteers. The original installation company, still in
business, advised on how to clean the plaque and remove about 60 years worth of decay and erosion. The plaque looked
like new at the end of the summer of 2012. Foundation funds were used to complete this expensive work.
Mississippi – Woodall Mountain2010 - Amount of financial assistance: roughly $4,300
The Highpointers Foundation provided funds for a large boulder to be placed inside the small road loop at the very top of the highpoint. This boulder was obtained from 50 miles away in Alabama, transported to the highpoint, and set in place. A brass plaque was inset, which describes the history of the area. The plaque honors the landowners, the extended Brown family, for allowing access to visitors. Another sign was erected at the bottom of the approach road, at the intersection with the county road, which leads visitors in the correct direction. The signs were unveiled at the Club convention at MS-10, the acronym for the Mississippi Convention held in October 2010. Close to 200 enthusiastic highpointers watched as Foundation Director Gary White unveiled the plaque, with the Brown family watching.
Missouri – Taum Sauk Mountain — The Jakk Longacre Glade2010 –> 2012 - Amount of financial assistance: roughly $400
The Highpointers Foundation is working with the Highpointers Club to make additional improvements at the Jakk Longacre Glade. This pleasant viewpoint was donated by Lori Longacre, daughter of the late Jack “Guru Jakk” Longacre, who founded the Highpointers Club back in 1987, and was the driving force behind the growth of the Club until his death in 2002. Jakk lived near this point, and was proud to be the highest resident of the state of Missouri. His home was about two miles from the summit of Taum Sauk Mountain along County Road CC. Jakk frequently walked across the road and out to this viewpoint, occasionally even sleeping on an outcrop to watch the stars from there. The Club created a parking lot here, and improved a path to the viewpoint. Extensive surveying was required to legally accept this property, all provided by Club volunteers. Sign posts have been erected, displaying custom signs for each of the other 49 states, depicting the distance and direction to each highpoint. The Foundation provided a bench for visitors, which was placed in 2012. Visitors to Taum Sauk can stop here en route to the highpoint for a picnic lunch.
Montana – Granite Peak2013 - Amount of financial assistance: roughly $150
An ammo can register was securely placed on the summit in 2013 with the assistance of Jackson Hole Mountain Guides.
Nebraska – Panorama Point2010 –> 2017 - Amount of financial assistance: $8,800
The dirt lane leading to Panorama Point became rutted in inclement weather,
and the landowners asked visitors to refrain from driving around the mud puddles.
The Highpointers Foundation provided funds for several loads of gravel to help resolve this problem,
and this work is still in progress. In the summer of 2016, the Foundation commited to enabling the 1.2 mile access road
to be completely bladed, and the dozen low spots filled with gravel and recycled crushed concrete.
This should reduce the annual snow and mud closure days from over 40 to less than 10.
Nevada – Boundary Peak2012 - Amount of financial assistance: roughly $1,400
The Highpointers Foundation has provided funds for three trail registers.
New Jersey – High Point2015 - Amount of financial assistance: roughly $1,000
The Highpointers Foundation has provided funds for a bench.
North Dakota – White Butte2014 - Amount of financial assistance: roughly $150
An ammo can register was placed on the summit in 2014.
Ohio – Campbell Hill2017 - Amount of financial assistance: roughly $1,000
A sponsored bench was placed near the highpoint in 2017.
Oklahoma – Black Mesa2016 - Amount of financial assistance: roughly $6,500
A custom granite bench in memory of Jean Trousdale was placed at the trailhead in 2016.
Pennsylvania – Mount Davis2015 - Amount of financial assistance: roughly $1,050
The Highpointers Foundation has provided funds for a bench. The bench lies at the edge of the summit clearing.
Rhode Island – Jerimoth HillAn ongoing project (1999 –> 2016) - Amount of financial assistance: roughly $800 to date
The Highpointers Foundation, together with the Highpointers Club and the Good Guys and Gals Fund, provided funds for signage at Jerimoth Hill from 1999 through 2012. The signs directed visitors to only come on Club-approved and owner-sanctioned Open Access Dates. In 2005, the Good Guys and Gals Fund also provided funds for materials for a trail to the highpoint, signs, and a mailbox register. The Highpointers Club Liaison Committee coordinated an improvement weekend immediately after the NH-05 convention on Labor Day weekend, and close to 100 people helped over two days. A replacement register and improved signs were added in 2012.
South Carolina – Sassafras Mountain2012 - Amount of financial assistance: roughly $4,100
The Highpointers Foundation provided a bench at the recently renovated summit clearing.
Highpointer Steve Riddle funded the bench in honor of his 40-year anniversary with his wife Kathy.
The Foundation provided a large rock with a bronze plaque to mark the location of the highpoint.
South Dakota – Harney Peak2013 –> 2017 - Amount of financial assistance: $9,500
The Highpointers Foundation provided funding for labor and materials to help with a major tower building reconstruction. The old stone lookout was deterioting badly and in danger of being closed. Now, flagstone steps have been replaced as well as windows and doors. We also funded a beautiful stone bench halfway up the trail at the boundary of state and federal land. Summit hikers can pause here with a view of the summit, and this point could be an end goal for some visitors who would be challenged by the rough wilderness hike to the summit. Additional interpretive signs will be installed in 2018, funded by the Foundation. We have created a second stone bench, and that installation will take place in Spring 2018. This bench is along the alternate Trail #4 to the summit, near Little Devils Tower and the Cathedral Spires, with a nice view of the summit and stone tower.
Texas – Guadalupe Peak2012 –> 2014 - Amount of financial assistance: $1,300
The Highpointers Foundation has provided a bench. It was installed near the visitor center in 2014.
Utah – Kings Peak2010 –> 2017 - Amount of financial assistance: roughly $2,500
The Highpointers Foundation provided funds for a large framed 50 Flags Poster,
commemorating the events of September 11, 2001, which was delivered to the USFS Ranger District office
in Mountain View, WY. This office administers the northern approach to Kings Peak, a.k.a. the
Henrys Fork Trailhead. The US Forest Service is well aware of the many Highpointers who pass
through and inquire about Kings Peak, and they are a strong ally to the highpointing hobby.
This was the first collaboration between the Highpointers Foundation
and a federal ownership administration, the USFS, for the benefit of a highpoint.
Lorie is on the left, Whitney on the right.
Virginia – Mount Rogers2013 - Amount of financial assistance: $1,000
The Highpointers Foundation provided funds for a bench located just inside the VA State Park boundary.
Wisconsin – Timm’s Hill2007 and 2012 - Amount of financial assistance: $3,100
The Highpointers Foundation provided funds for a mailbox register for visitors to sign when hiking Timm’s Hill. The Highpointers Club held its annual convention nearby in August 2007, and a register mailbox was placed on that weekend. A replacement mailbox was needed and placed in 2012. A bench was also installed in 2012, along with numerous signs. The original wooden trail map signs were decaying, and were replaced in 2012, created entirely in vinyl plastic. Wisconsin HP club liaisons Doug and Mary Urban visited Timm’s Hill to admire the new register and bench.
SummaryAmount of financial assistance to date: Over $115,000
The Highpointers Foundation has raised over $150,000, and has invested more than $117,000 at 31 US state highpoints, the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum in Golden, Colorado, and for the USA-wide program of Highpoints movies.
Future projectsPossible future projects to assist privately and publicly owned state highpoints are being considered at:
AZ, CO, CT, DC, ID, IL, IN, KS, ND, NE, NH, OH, OK, SC, SD, and TX.
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