US State Highpoints

On my 50th birthday, at sunrise, October 29th, 2016, I stood atop Guadalupe Peak, the tallest mountain in Texas, with my closest friend, Rick Overholt. This was my final highpoint, of the 50 states, which marked the end of a challenging and rewarding six year journey, taking me to the highest point in every state in America. 

50 by 50 Complete
Now that the goal is complete, I feel a mixture of emotions. Gratitude for the support of my wife, family, friends, sponsors and staff. Pride for having completed what was certainly the most difficult goal I have ever attempted. Awe for the beauty I have witnessed with my own eyes. And blessed for the physical and mental ability to attempt such a thing. 

But I also feel a sense of loss. This goal has been a major part of my life for 6 years now. The goal took on a life of its own and was ever present in my thoughts, through the valleys, in the rain, snow, and on the mountaintops. The joy was in the journey, and now that its over, it feels like I’ve lost an old friend. This is not unusual, and is referred to as Post Achievement Depression, and often affects us when we complete our goals. The bigger the goal, the more intense the feelings. The best medicine is to get busy on the next goal, which I’m already doing, but I will always cherish this chapter of my life.

Goal: 50 by 50
To walk, climb or crawl to the highest point in every state in America. – DONE!

Final Thoughts
The 50 by 50 goal has changed me in many ways: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Physically, I had to work harder than I ever have before to train my body. I started with debilitating knee problems and chronic lower back pain, but now I’m stronger at 50 than I have ever been in my life and 100% pain free. Mentally, I have learned to stay the course and push myself, harder than I previously thought possible to overcome difficult challenges. During those times when I found myself struggling up a mountain and every step was agony, it wasn’t strength, but mental determination and force of will that kept me moving upwards. Emotionally, I have learned to be happy wherever I am; whether I lay my head down in a hostel, a glacier or a mountaintop, I’m OK. And spiritually, I am in awe of a God who would care enough to take the time and create such a wonderful planet for me to explore. 

 The chart below shows the available content for each highpoint as click-able links which can be sorted on any column ascending or descending by clicking the header titles.

StateNameElev.ClassSummit DateBlogReportGPSGallery
TexasGuadalupe Pk.8,751052016
10-29
PostsTrip ReportTrip Track
Climb Track
Photo Gallery
Michigan Mt. Arvon1,979022016
08-18
PostsTrip ReportGPS TrackPhoto Gallery
MinnesotaEagle Mt.2,301042016
08-17
PostsTrip ReportGPS TrackPhoto Gallery
Wisconsin Timm's Hill1,951012016
08-16
PostsTrip ReportGPS TrackPhoto Gallery
IowaHawkeye Point1,670012016
08-14
PostsTrip ReportGPS TrackPhoto Gallery
ArizonaHumphreys Pk.12,633062016
07-28
PostsTrip Report 1GPS Track 2
Photo Gallery 2
Oregon Mt .Hood11,239082016
07-12
PostsTrip ReportGPS Track 1
GPS Track 2
Photo Gallery 1
Photo Gallery 2
IllinoisCharles Mound1,235012016
06-03
PostsTrip ReportGPS TrackPhoto Gallery
FloridaBritton Hill345012016
01-22
PostsTrip ReportPhoto Gallery
CaliforniaMt. Whitney14,494072015
11-13
Posts
New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161062015
10-28
PostsTrip ReportGPS TrackPhoto Gallery
Missouri Tatum Sauk Mtn.3,213012015
09-30
PostsTrip ReportGPS TrackPhoto Gallery
Indiana Hoosier Hill Pt.1'257012015
09-27
PostsTrip ReportGPS TrackPhoto Gallery
OhioCampbell Hill1,549012015
09-26
PostsTrip ReportGPS TrackPhoto Gallery
Pennsylvania Mt. Davis3,213012015
09-25
PostsTrip ReportGPS TrackPhoto Gallery
MarylandBackbone Mt.3,360032015
09-23
PostsTrip ReportGPS TrackPhoto Gallery
West VirginiaSpruce Knob4,861012015
09-22
PostsTrip ReportGPS TrackPhoto Gallery
KansasMt. Sunflower4,039012015
08-28
PostsTrip ReportPhoto Gallery
NebraskaPanorama Pt.5,424012015
08-24
PostsTrip ReportPhoto Gallery
South DakotaHarney Peak7,242042015
08-22
PostsTrip ReportPhoto Gallery
North DakotaWhite Butte3,506022015
08-17
PostsTrip ReportPhoto Gallery
AlaskaDenali20,320102015
06-22
PostsTrip Report
NevadaBoundary Peak13,140062015
04-11
PostsTrip ReportPhoto Gallery
New YorkMt. Marcy 5,344052015
01-10
PostsTrip ReportGPS TrackPhoto Gallery
Oklahoma Black Mesa4,973042014
07-01
Trip Report
South CarolinaSassafras Mt.3,560012014
11-17
PostsTrip ReportPhoto Gallery
Tennessee Clingmans Dm.6,643022014
11-16
PostsTrip ReportPhoto Gallery
North CarolinaMt. Mitchell6,684012014
11-15
PostsTrip ReportPhoto Gallery
VirginiaMt. Rogers5,729042014
11-13
PostsTrip ReportPhoto Gallery
Kentucky Black Mt.4,139012014
11-12
PostsTrip ReportPhoto Gallery
MaineMt. Katahdin5,267052014
10-10
PostsTrip ReportPhoto Gallery
New Hamp.Mt. Washgtn.6,228012014
10-06
PostsTrip ReportPhoto Gallery
VermontMt. Mansfeild4,393032014
10-05
PostsTrip ReportPhoto Gallery
Rhode Island Jerimoth Hill812012014
10-02
PostsPhoto Gallery
Massachusetts Mt. Greylock3,487012014
10-01
PostsPhoto Gallery
ConnecticutMt. Frissell S.2,380022014
09-30
PostsPhoto Gallery
New JerseyHigh Point1,803012014
09-28
PostsPhoto Gallery
DelawareElbright Azmth.448012014
09-27
PostsPhoto Gallery
ColoradoMt. Elbert 14,433062014
08-10
PostsTrip ReportGPS TrackPhoto Gallery
WashingtonMt. Rainier14,410092012
09-12
Trip ReportGPS TrackPhoto Gallery
WyomingGannet Peak13,804092012
07-17
Trip ReportGPS Track
Photo Gallery
HawaiiMauna Kea13,796022011
09-25
Trip ReportGPS TrackPhoto Gallery
ArkansasMagazine Mt.2,753022011
09-05
Mississippi Woodall Mt.806012011
09-04
UtahKings peak13,528072011
08-25
MontanaGranite Peak12,799092011
07-20
GPS Track
GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4,784022010
12-21
Trip ReportGPS Track
AlabamaCheaha Mt.2,405012010
12-20
Trip ReportGPS Track
Louisiana Driskill, Mt. 535022010
12-19
Trip ReportGPS Track
IdahoBorah Peak12,662082010
02-14
Trip ReportGPS Track
  

Related Links:
Click here for an explanation of the difficulty class rating system used in the above chart.
Click here for an interactive Google Map of the US State Highpoints.
Click here for a color coded United States elevation map.