NM Ex-Governor Gary Johnson Sets Sights on Seven Summits

New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson
The Denver Post hints that former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is considering a seven summit attempt. Johnson, 52, has already climbed McKinley and Everest and according to the article can be found climbing Kachina Ridge above Taos perhaps 100 times a year. He hopes to do Elbrus this summer.
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Stuck SUV Saves Hiker Stranded in New Mexico Snow

The Gallup Independent has a strange tale about a lost hiker whose life was saved because the keys were in an SUV stuck in a 5′ New Mexico snowdrift. Chuck Whitney got stuck on County Route 50 and so he and his girlfriend camped out while they waited for help the next day. In the middle of the night they heard a car door slam and the engine start but didn’t investigate because they thought the region was too remote for anybody else to be there. The next morning he found foot prints and saw somebody had been in the car although they had left. Whitney found out later after reading a newspaper report that the person in the car was Mike Miller who had spent 23 hours lost in a snowstorm and was subject of a statewide search. After drying his clothes Miller walked further down the road where he was picked up by a passing motorist.


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Is New Mexico Going to Sue to Take Guadalupe Peak From Texas?

Texas/New Mexico/Oklahoma Tripoint on 103rd Meridian
New Mexico may be in the process of suing to take Guadalupe Peak back from Texas. The New Mexico Senate voted 33-0 to sue Texas for return of 603,485 acres of land three miles east of its current border to what it says should be the correct border on the 103rd meridian. New Mexico maintains the border was the result of an 1859 surveyor mistake. The bill now goes to the House.
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Highpoint Headline: Wheeler Assumes Command of Whitney

Here’s a highpoint headline from Stars and Stripes: Wheeler assumes command of USS Mount Whitney. Of the course the story is about Capt. C. Ladd Wheeler assuming commander of the new 6th Fleet flagship.


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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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