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  • Dave Johnston, 66, who lives off the grid in Talkeetna, Alaska, started pursuing highpoints in the 1960s, when many sites were still unmarked and a highpointer had to pore over topographical maps and then wander around the woods with a compass trying to figure out where the top of the hill was.

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  • “Each state has a place of highest natural elevation, ranging from the piddling 345-foot Britton Hill in Florida to 20,320-foot Mount McKinley in Alaska. Some sites are known as ‘flip-flop’ highpoints because visitors can drive up in a car and hop out in sandals to pose by a marker; others require multi-day mountain climbs involving special gear and training. But all are important for the increasing number of ardent list keepers known as highpointers.�?

    The New York Times, All Peaks, No Valleys , by Jane Margolies, November 16, 2008

    November 19, 2008