Inspiration on High – Summit Registers

Earlier this year, I picked up a pair of new hobbies – that I thought fit well with my love of travel and unquenchable wanderlust – called high pointing and peak bagging. There are many different flavors of peak bagging, and most of them revolve around completing lists, such as (to name just a few):

  • The Seven Summits (the seven highest peaks on each of the seven continents – Everest, K2, Kilimanjaro, etc.)
  • The New Hampshire 4K Club (the 48 mountains in New Hampshire that are 4,000′ or higher – Washington, Adams, Jefferson, etc.)
  • The Adirondack 46 (all 46 major peaks in New York’s Adirondack Mountains)

The list that I’m working on, specifically called high pointing, is the list of the 50 highest natural points in all 50 states. These high points (or HP’s) truly run the gamut in difficulty, from Jerimoth Hill in Rhode Island (elevation 812′ – a short trail walk from a paved road) to Mount Denali in Alaska (elevation 20,320′ – a major expedition). Earlier today, I bagged my 8th HP on Mount Sunflower in Kansas, having previously completed:

  • #1 – 6/27/19 – South Slope of Mount Frissell – Connecticut
  • #2 – 7/3/19 – Panorama Point – Nebraska
  • #3 – 8/7/19 – Eagle Mountain – Minnesota
  • #4 – 8/19/19 – Mount Greylock – Massachusetts (with my Dad, his HP #1)
  • #5 – 8/30/19 – Mount Washington – New Hampshire (with my Dad, his HP #2)
  • #6 – 9/7/19 – Jerimoth Hill – Rhode Island
  • #7 – 10/27/19 – Taum Sauk Mountain – Missouri

At many, but not all, of these summits, the land owner (which could be a private individual or a government agency/park) usually has a waterproof container of some kind (mailbox, ammo can, etc.) with a notebook that serves as the register. I always really enjoy reading though previous visitors’ entries, and I thought I’d share some of the more interesting ones here.

The registers themselves come in all sizes – this one from the South Slope of Mount Frissell in Connecticut fit in my hand!
He’s right! South Slope of Mount Frissell in Connecticut.
Some gifts (?) left for the High Point Bison Race owners – Panorama Point in Nebraska.
Mount Washington in New Hampshire
The summit register mailbox at Mount Sunflower in Kansas was WELL decorated!
Mount Sunflower in Kansas
“If you want to thank a veteran, be an American worth fighting for” – Mount Sunflower in Kansas

If you’d like to learn more about high pointing, visit the Highpointers Club at You can track my personal list of high points on my profile.

Author: Zach "Free Fall" Tucker

Long Distance Hiker, Traveler, Peakbagger, and AEA Stage Manager.