Roger J. Wendell
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Highpoints and
Topographic Prominence!

Panorama Point, Nebraska, Roger J. Wendell - 12-16-2012
Panorama Point, Nebraska - 1,653 metres (5,424 feet)
It wasn't until May of '09, while hiking with Tom and Linda Jagger (in South and North Dakota), that I'd ever thought about highpoints before. However, prior to that fateful date I had already done the highest points in Africa, Colorado, Hawai'i, Oklahoma, Washington State, and a couple other places simply because I was in the neighborhood and it seemed interesting! (Well, admittedly, Kilimanjaro and Rainier were planned in advance, a bit...) Anyway, I didn't really start actively searching around for highpoints until the middle of my fifth decade and found it so much fun that I created this page in attempt to document my progress. The main thing, of course, is that that we all get out there and enjoy the natural world in whatever ways satisfy us most with the least amount of impact. For me, at this time, it's highpoints!
Oh, and for a definition: "Prominence" In topography, "prominence" is the height of a mountain or hill's summit by the vertical distance between it and the lowest contour line encircling it and no higher summit - Prominence is a measure of the independence of a summit. Only summits with a sufficient degree of prominence are regarded as independent mountains. For example, the world's second-highest mountain is K2 (height 8,611 metres, prominence 4,017 metres). While Mount Everest's South Summit (height 8,749 metres, prominence about 10 metres) is taller than K2, it is not considered an independent mountain because it is a subsummit of the main summit (which has a height and prominence of 8,848 metres).



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Highpointing Records!

Dave Johnston, Cari Sayre, and Roger J. Wendell - 10-13-2014
Cari Sayre, me, & Dave Johnston with antique ice pitons
Cari Sayre and Dave Johnston, with their son Galen Johnston (not shown), were the first family ever to climb all 50 state highpoints! Not only that, but Dave was the first (and only) person to climb all 50 state highpoints in the dead of winter! Also, Dave and his son climbed Denali when Galen was only 11 years old - the youngest person to ever have climbed America's highest peak. This photo was taken by John Mitchler (Highpointers Club newsletter editor) while visiting with me at the CMC office - we're all proudly displaying antique ice pitons that the club was giving away at that time.

On 03/19/2005 Highpointers.org quoted a News Tribune report about Dave Johnston, a 62-year-old climber from Talkeetna, Alaska, as being, "...the first man to climb to the highest point in all 50 states in the winter." They went on to ad that, "In 2003, Johnston, his wife, Cari Sayre, and son Galen all completed 50. That same year, Galen became the youngest person to check off the list at age 12." They ended the article with, "The 6'6" Johnston is probably most famous for his 1967 first winter ascent of McKinley - a climb in which one member of the party died by falling into a crevasse and the party on the descent was forced to spend six days in a small ice cave while a wind storm dropped temps to -148."

Maddie Miller and Roger J. Wendell at the Colorado Mountain Club - 06-05-2018 Maddie Miller - 2016
Until 2018, my coworker, Maddie Miller (her cubicle was adjacent mine at the time of this photo...), held the record for climbing ALL 50 state highpoints in the shortest amount of time. Starting with Denali, Maddie and her mentor Melissa Arnot completed all of them in 41 days, 16 hours, and 10 minutes! They did this back in 2016 - it's estimated less than 300 people, at that time, had climbed all 50 state highpoints. And, of course, it takes most people a few years! Anyway, Maddie's story is fascinating so I hope to get her on the air for an interview sometime soon!




North Dakota - White Butte
3,506 feet (1,069 metres)

White Butte, North Dakota - 05-24-2009
Dorothea, me, Dawn & Linda
White Butte, North Dakota - 05-24-2009
White Butte
White Butte, North Dakota - 05-24-2009
Tom, Dorothea, Linda & Dawn
White Butte, North Dakota - 05-24-2009
Linda & Dawn
White Butte, North Dakota - 05-24-2009
YouTube Logo - Small Click Here for a YouTube video Tom taking a wind measurement on top White Butte!


South Dakota - Black Elk Peak (formerly Harney Peak at the time I climbed it...)
7,244 feet (2,208 metres)
Note: We did this one the "hard way" over a 14 mile loop...

Black Elk Peak, South Dakota - 05-23-2009
Tom, Dorothea, Dawn & Linda
Black Elk Peak, South Dakota - 05-23-2009
Me in the wilderness
Black Elk Peak, South Dakota - 05-23-2009
Little Devil's Tower
Black Elk Peak, South Dakota - 05-23-2009
Iron trail
Black Elk Peak, South Dakota - 05-23-2009
Me, Tom, Linda, Dawn & Dorothea
YouTube Logo - Small Click Here for a YouTube video through the cave to the top of Black Elk Peak (formerly Harney Peak)...


Dates I climbed, hiked, and walked to some of the U.S. state highpoints:

Although I have had extensive visits to all 50 states I didn't think to seek out their highpoints
'till I was in my mid 50s! So, back I go to visit more of my country to cure my highpoint fever...

  • Alabama - Cheaha Mountain, 09-30-2012
  • Alaska
  • Arizona - Humphreys Peak, 07-29-2012
  • Arkansas - Signal Hill on Mount Magazine, 10-05-2012
  • California - Mount Whitney, 07-26-2012
  • Colorado - Mount Elbert, 09-22-2002
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida - Britton Hill, 09-29-2012
  • Georgia - Brasstown Bald, 09-30-2012
  • Hawaii - Mauna Kea, 02-13-2007
  • Idaho - Borah Peak, 08-12-2012
  • Illinois
  • Indiana - Hoosier Hill, 10-18-2015
  • Iowa
  • Kansas - Mount Sunflower, 03-15-2015
  • Kentucky - Black Mountain, 10-17-2015
  • Louisiana - Driskill Mountain, 10-05-2012
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi - Woodall Mountain (formerly Yow Hill), 10-04-2012
  • Missouri - Taum Sauk Mountain, 10-10-2015
  • Montana - Granite Peak, 07-29-2015
  • Nebraska - Panorama Point, 12-16-2012
  • Nevada - Boundary Peak, 08-03-2011
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico - Wheeler Peak, 06-10-2011
  • New York
  • North Carolina - Mount Mitchell, 10-01-2012
  • North Dakota - White Butte, 05-24-2009
  • Ohio - Campbell Hill, 10-17-2015
  • Oklahoma - Black Mesa, 05-14-2006
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina - Sassafras Mountain, 10-01-2012
  • South Dakota - Black Elk Peak (fomrerly Harney Peak), 05-23-2009
  • Tennessee - Clingmans Dome, 10-02-2012
  • Texas - Guadalupe Peak, 12-10-2011
  • Utah - Kings Peak, 09-22-2011
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington - Mount Rainier, 07-02-2000
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming


In the Queue: Highpoints I've completed that I still need to list and catalog...

  1. Alto de Coloane, Macau - December, 2014
  2. Aspen Peak, Hualapai Mountains, Arizona
  3. Baker, Mount (Komo Kulshan) 10,778 feet
  4. Bear Peak, Colorado
  5. Boulder Peak (south), Colorado
  6. Doi Inthanon, Thailand - December, 2014
  7. Garfield Peak, Colorado
  8. Genesee Mountain, Colorado - 8,284 feet 09-13-2014
  9. Green Mountain, Colorado
  10. Hayden Butte, Arizona
  11. Fuji, Mount (Ken-ga-mine 12,388 ft) - July 20, 2017 [with Dr. Roger A. Wendell]
  12. Kastiyu, Tinian Island (187 metres) Tinian Island, CNMI - May 2015
  13. Kinabalu, Mount (Gunung Kinabalu), Malaysia - December 10, 2014
  14. Lemmon, Mount, Arizona 2,792 metres (9,159 feet) 06-12-2007 [Highest Point in the Santa Catalina Mountains]
  15. Lenana, Point (Mt Kenya), Africa
  16. Morrison, Mount, Colorado
  17. Storm Peak, Colorado
  18. Tapochau, Mount - Saipan, CNMI - June, 2015
  19. Tempe Butte (O'odham: 'Oidba? Do'ag), Arizona via the Hayden Butte Trail for 100.5 metres/330 feet of prominence - March 1, 2014
  20. Victoria Peak, Hong Kong - December, 2014
  21. Wilson, Mount, California
  22. Zenobia Peak - Highest point in Dinousaur National Monument, Colorado - 9,005 feet (August 15, 2010)


Near Misses: Highpoints I got pretty close to but didn't quite make it...

  1. Agrigan Island, CNMI (made it up to 3,140 feet - summit was only 26 feet higher...)
  2. Aconcagua (made it to just over 6,431 metres / 21,100 feet...)




Highpoint Waypoints

Compass For personal safety, and just for the fun of it, I usually take a GPS "reading" on the top of each peak, at the trailhead, or some other interesting point or curiosity along the way. WARNING: I cannot guarantee the accuracy of these waypoints as my own GPS bounces around a lot or I simply take an incorrect reading! Please rely on a more accurate source for your Waypoints! That being said, I still enjoy "cataloging" Waypoints and I keep a bunch of other locations, from around the world, on my 13ers, 14ers, Hiking, Waypoints, and other pages...

Bison Peak, Lost Creek Wilderness, Colorado N 39° 14.301' W 105° 29.870' 12,431 feet 3,789 metres
Borah Peak, Idaho N 44° 08.244' W 113° 46.866' 12,662 feet 3,859 metres
Humphreys Peak, Arizona N 35° 20.785' W 111° 40.677' 12,633 feet 3,859 metres
Tempe Butte/Hayden Butte ('Oidbad Do'ag), Arizona N 33° 25.693' W 111° 56.693' 1,395 feet 426 metres
Woods Mountain, Colorado Front Range N 39° 43.844' W 105° 50.385' 12,940 feet 3,944 metres




Ute Creek Trailhead, Lost Creek Wilderness, Colorado by Roger J. Wendell - 11-11-2011
Lost Creek Wilderness, Colorado
Some Trailheads:
Arizona Snowbowl (for Humphreys Peak) N 35° 19.876' W 111° 42.697' 9,278 feet 2,828 metres
Borah Peak Trailhead (at the little cattle protected entrance through the wooden fence) N 44° 07.954' W 113° 50.042' 7,400 feet 2,255 metres
Ute Creek trailhead, Lost Creek Wilderness, Colorado N 39° 11.885' W 105° 33.212' 8,750 feet 2,667 metres




Wim and Roger A. Wendell at Station 5 (2,300 metres) on Mount Fuji, Japan - 06-25-2007
Tired hikers on Mount Fuji (12,388 ft)
  1. 12ers
  2. 13ers
  3. 14ers
  4. 14ers.com
  5. Aconcagua
  6. Africa (Eastern) - Kenya, Tanzania, and my Kilimanjaro climb
  7. Africa (Southern) - Our trip through Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  8. American Highpoints (Trailer)
  9. AIARE - The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education
  10. Alpine Resuce Team - Evergreen, Colorado
  11. Amazonia and Ecuador
  12. American Avalanche Association
  13. Antarctica
  14. Argentina and Brazil
  15. Australia Main Page
  16. Australia Two Page
  17. Bear Safety
  18. Bolivia
  19. Camping
  20. Champ Camp
  21. Climbing
  22. Climbing Photos
  23. CMC page
  24. COHP - County Highpointers
  25. Colorado
  26. Colorado Avalanche Information Center
  27. Colorado Fourteener Iniative - A Partnership for Preservation
  28. CORSAR - Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue Card
  1. U.S. County highpoints
  2. U.S. State highpoints
  3. Gear - Stuff for the Backcountry...
  4. High Altitude Medicine Guide
  5. Highpointers Club
  6. Highpointers Foundation
  7. Hiking
  8. LOJ - Lists of John (Lists of Peaks)
  9. Japan
  10. Leave No Trace - Center for Outdoor Ethics
  11. LOJ - Lists of John
  12. New Zealand
  13. Peakbagger.com
  14. Pikes Peak
  15. Russia
  16. Silk Road
  17. Skiing - in the backcountry!
  18. Snow Caves
  19. Snow Day
  20. Summitpost.org
  21. Survival in the backcountry
  22. Ten Essentials - Don't leave home without 'em!
  23. Tibet
  24. Travel and Travel Two
  25. United Kingdom - England
  26. United Kingdom - Wales and Scotland
  27. Walking softly in the backcountry
  28. Waypoints


Warning! Climbing, mountaineering, and backcountry skiing are dangerous and can seriously injure or kill you. By further exploring this web site you acknowledge that the information presented here may be out of date or incorrect, and you agree not to hold the author responsible for any damages, injuries, or death arising from any use of this resource. Please thoroughly investigate any mountain before attempting to climb it, and do not substitute this web site for experience, training, and recognizing your limitations!




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