Backcountry Accidents in Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, and Utah

Here’s the May 13, 2006 round up of backcountry accidents Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, and Utah.
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Pikeville, Kentucky, Asks Coal Companies To Blow Up 2 Mountains


Pikeville, Kentucky, is asking coal companies to remove two mountain tops to make room for more development for the town.
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Citations in Controversial Retreat Mining Collapse on Black Mountain


Kentucky officials issued seven citations in connection with a mine cave in on Black Mountain that killed two miners on Aug. 3.
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Ground Broken For Black Mountain, Kentucky, Overlook


Ground was finally broken for the Hands Across the Mountain overlook of Kentucky’s Black Mountain summit in October.
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Peter Thompson’s Geology of Highpoints


Peter Thompson at the University of New Hampshire has an elegant and comprehensive description website about the geology of the highpoints of each state.


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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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Dramatic Photo of Black Mountain's Strip Mine on NPR Story

NPR has a dramatic photo of the mine in relation to the house where a child was killed from a boulder from a Black Mountain strip mine. You can listen to it to the report on the site. I was particularly interested in this comment:

The couple said they had never driven up on the mountain behind their home to look down on the vast stripping operation, with the ridges carved away to get to the coal – and they didn’t realize how close the bulldozers had come.


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