Granite Thoughts from Harrison Fagg Who Climbed All Montana Peaks Above 12,000 Feet


The Billings Gazette interviewed 73-year-old Harrison Fagg who has summited Granite Peak 7 times and had 12 other unsuccessful attempts (and has climbed all Montana peaks above 12,000 feet.
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Glacier Male Black Bear Destroyed After Swiping Car


The NPS Morning Report says a male black bear in Glacier National Park was killed after it shredded shirts thrown at it and then swiped the car of a fleeing family.
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Jim Ratz (1953-2005), Jackson Hole Guide Co-Owner, NOLS Leader


The Casper Times reports Jim Ratz, 52, former executive director of the National Outdoor Leadership School and co-owner of the Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, was died while rapelling Sinks Canyon across from the Sawmill Campground on Highway 131 near his home in Lander, Wyoming.
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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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Peaks With 5,000 Foot Vertical Climbs in the Lower 48

Aaron Maizlish has an amazing peaklist.org site discussing prominence (the distance from the highest point to the next highest point). The most spectacular examples of these are the peaks where you have could have a at least 5,000 foot vertical climb (there’s even peaks in the East where you can do that!). The site also lists dramatic vertical climbs throughout the world and lesser climbs in many states.
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Buy Summit Markers from Mountain Climb

Mountainclimb.com has great collection of pewter benchmarks of highpoints.
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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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