State County Highpoints

County Highpoints is the defacto website and forum for highpointers. Once you visit the 50 states, you’ve caught the bug and next logical spot are the 3,500+ county highpoints.
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50states.com State Profile

50states.com has great information summarizing each state.
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Official Summit Benchmark Datasheet Histories

Richard Carey at peakbagging.com has put together a very useful list of summit benchmark information as well as the official U.S. Government datasheets on the history of the benchmark.
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U.S. State Highpoint Trip Reports

Post your trip reports here.
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How to Ice Climb in Iowa? Use a Silo!

The Los Angeles Times reports that Don Briggs at the University of Northern Iowa has a way for Midwesterners to ice climb by using grain silos. This is accomplished by pouring water from a hose down a concrete (not metal) silo. Climbers will be competing this weekend to climb four silos — 55 to 70 feet high. Course record for a 65-foot silo is 23 seconds.


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Hawkeye Point, Iowa, Weather


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Hawkeye Point, Iowa, Photo Gallery


The americasroof Hawkeye Point photo gallery includes photos from my visit in 1973, the aerial souvenir shot of the Sterler farm as well as the Sterlers at the 2003 Jakk Longacre scattering on the summit.


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Hawkeye Point, Iowa, Summit Panorama

This flash summit panorama movie was photographed in August 2003 during the scattering of Jakk Longacre’s ashes on Hawkeye Point. Click on the item to navigate right and left. You can also right click to zoom in.

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30 Years of Visits to Hawkeye Point, Iowa

Hawkeye Point and the owners the Donna and Merrill Sterler have had an almost cosmic impact on me over 30+ years of highpointing.

I first visited Hawkeye in Spring of 1973 — shortly after it appeared on the Rand McNally map when surveyors had declared that it rather than Ocheydon Mound was Iowa’s highest point. Stopping at a store in Sibley, Iowa, to get formal directorsthe proprietor seemed very excited that had come all the way from my home in Maryville in northwest Missouri just to see the highpoint.
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Merrill Sterler, Gracious Owner of Hawkeye Point (1930-2004)

Donna and Merrill Sterler on Hawkeye Point
Merrill Sterler, owner of the Iowa highpoint and one of the kindest men on the planet, has passed. Below is his obituary from basinelectic.com. You can read an interview Roger Rowlett conducted with the Sterlers in August 2003. You can express your opinions in the forum.

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