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For the love of mountains

first_imgThere’s a tiny concrete monument at Panorama Point, elevation 5,424 feet, the highest spot in Nebraska. It’s on a knoll, like the surrounding knolls only a bit higher. When Bob Bolton of Salmon Creek got out of his vehicle and stood at Panorama Point in early May, he completed a journey started 47 years earlier: To reach the high point of each of the 48 states.Check out the The Highpointers Club or the county highpointer site. You may also want to see Bolton’s list of lists.Bolton, 65, reached the highest elevation of his final 20 states in a two-week blitz during late April and early May, completing what began on California’s 14,495-foot Mount Whitney in the fall of 1965.He topped Mount Hood and Mount Rainier in 1967. He did most of the highest peaks of the Rocky Mountain states in 1992-94.Bolton is a “peakbagger.” Peakbaggers climb with a purpose, which is to complete a list of summits even if it’s a list few have ever hard of and perhaps defined only by the peakbagger.last_img

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