Bucket List of Things You Should Do in Each State

Huffingpost has a bucket list of the one thing you should do in each state. One of them is a highpoint at a state that might surprise you. Another is something that might happen at this year’s highpointers convention in Tennessee.
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Law Would Permit Access to Closed Colorado Fourteeners


Here’s a rundown on plans to open the Fourteeners back up:
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Fourteener Access Issue Makes Front Page of NY Times


Private property access restrictions to Colorado Fourteeners made the front page of the New York Times on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005.
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Walter R. Borneman & Todd Caudle New Book on Colorado Fourteeners


Walter R. Borneman & Todd Caudle have a new book on Colorado Fourteeners:: 14,000 Feet: A Celebration of Colorado’s Highest Mountains.
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Four More Colorado Fourteeners Called Off Limits Due to Private Property Issues


The AP reports that four additional Colorado Fourteeners have been called off limits because of private property issues.
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Highest Paved Roads in U.S.


Jerry Brekhaus has posted a list of highest paved roads in the country.
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Arlington, Virginia, Leads List of Best Walking Cities

The American Podiatric Medical Association has released its list of the county’s 200 most walker friendly cities.
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Aron Ralston Completes Mission to Be First Winter Solo Climber on Fourteeners

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The Aspen Times reports Aron Ralston is the first climber to complete the Colorado fourteener winter solo project (by a count of 54, 59 or whatever). And he’s just the third climber to reach the top of all the fourteeners in calendar winter (from the winter solstice to the vernal equinox). Ralston 45 of the fourteeners in 1998-99. He had climbed all of the Elk Range fourteeners in the 2002-03 season, before the accident in Utah’s Canyonlands in the spring of 2003. He bagged two peaks last winter and the final 12 since this December, including the privately owned Culebra, wearing a 10-pound suit of plate-mail ice because of a storm. Of the 59 climbs, Ralston retreated, or turned back, only once. That was his first attempt on the relatively easy Mount Evans. Boulder resident Tom Mereness is the first climber to complete the list of winter Colorado fourteener ascents (though not as a solo project). Ralston said Mount of the Holy Cross was the hardest peak of them all. “But only because of how I ended up doing it,” he hedged. “The Halo route – it’s 32 miles for one peak, traversing over 11 summits over 13,200 feet.”


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Whitney, Clingmans, Frissell Most Popular Highpoints on Trails.Com

Trails.com has issued its list of most popular (and presumably most downloaded) trails. The downloaded trails are heavily weighted to the Northeast and the New York City metro area in particular with Breakneck Ridge Trail being #1. You might recall my last reporting about being escorted at gunpoint in January 2003 after missing the trailhead and wandering too close to New York City’s water supply tunnel which crosses the Hudson from the Catskills. So, it probably is a good idea to have a map even if the Metro North train actually drops you off at the trailhead (the only trail in the NYC metro area with such specific connections).
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Harnish Gowns Blog of Attempt to Climb all Coloroado Fourteeners in One Calendar Winter


Various newspapers including Arizona Central report that 28-year-old Harnish Gowans of Colorado Springs is seeking to be the first person to climb all 54 Colorado Fourteeners in the same calendar winter. His blog is on the Wild Snow website .

He calls is endeavor: The “54:14:1 project” or “Fourteeneramma Gran’ Slamma Winta Jamma,”
Gowans scheduled his climbs so he will hit the drier eastern mountains before too much snow piles up, then swing over to the southwestern peaks once a settling snowpack has lowered the risk of slides. To do this he quit his job as a bartender and moved out of his house. On his first peak — Longs Peak — he lost two toenails to frostbite. He says his months climbed a 14er when she was 7 months pregnant with him.


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