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A Walk Atop America

Fifty State Summits and a Dream to Reach Them All

by Douglas Butler
282 pp., ISBN: 978-1-933251-44-8, Softcover. $24.95.

Climb every mountain... or fifty state highpoints. Douglas Butler set out on a quest - a long-held dream - to hike, trek or climb to the highest geographical point of each state. His, however, was not a rushed excursion from state summit to state summit instead a journey of discovery along “blue highways” and secondary roads, exploring our nation and meeting its people. He carried a journal and camera along with an innate curiosity and love of adventure.

A Walk Atop America - Fifty State Summits and a Dream to Reach Them All details that journey. In this book, author Douglas Butler vividly describes the challenges he faced trying to reach each state’s highest point, difficulties that ranged from blizzards and forest fires to obtaining permission from private landowners and forest service managers. He also recounts the people he met, the sites visited and the events that made this a life-changing adventure. Twenty-four black-and-white photographs and eight pages of color images taken by the author, an award-winning photographer, complement the text.

Come, share the adventure.

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About Highpointing

The fifty state summits vary greatly in popularity, accessibility and difficulty. Four million people stand atop Tennessee’s Clingmans Dome each year - many without realizing that this Great Smoky Mountains attraction is a state highpoint - while hundreds of thousands of tourists reach Mt. Washington’s windy summit annually. Florida’s state highpoint is a sandy knoll, Delaware’s a street intersection. Yet state summits such as Mt. McKinley, also known as Denali (20,320 feet), Mt. Rainier (14,410 feet) and Mt. Hood (11,239 feet) challenge even the most experienced mountaineers.

Thousands of “highpointers,” as these hikers and climbers call themselves, are members of the The Highpointers Club. However, reaching all fifty state summits is not easy. Since 1966 when John Hoeman became the first “completer,” fewer than 170 individuals have stood atop each of the fifty states.
A Walk Atop America - Fifty State Summits and a Dream to Reach Them All - Mountaineering Books - Hiking Books - Climbing Books - Douglas Butler

About the Author

Douglas Butler is an adventure travel writer and award-winning photographer whose hiking, trekking and climbing journeys have taken him to five continents. A love of people, sensitivity to native cultures and joy in exploring remote and pristine areas are shared through his prose and photography, work that has appeared in numerous regional and national publications. He has also published Ashe County - Discovering the Lost Province, a book about the North Carolina mountain region he calls home. An emergency and family medicine physician, Dr. Butler continues to work with underserved populations on American Indian reservations.

Other Books by Douglas Butler

North Carolina Civil War Monuments

Appearances and Events

Lecture and Booksigning:
North Carolina Civil War Monuments
NC UDC Sesquicentennial Lecture Series
Concord Public Library
27 Union St. North
Concord, NC 28025
704-920-2050
Saturday March 22, 2014; 1:00 p.m.

Lecture and Slide Presentation:
North Carolina Civil War Monuments
New Winston Museum
713 S. Marshall St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
336-724-2842
Tuesday April 8, 2014; 5:30 p.m.

Speaker:
Memory: A Conversation Between Generations
100th Anniversary of Alamance County Confederate Monument
Graham, NC 27253
336-570-6730
Saturday May 10, 2014; 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Booksigning:
Local Author Showcase
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC 28115
704-664-2927
Saturday July 26, 2014; 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Lecture and Slide Presentation:
Easter Island: A Photographic Journey
Alleghany Public Library
122 N. Main St.
Sparta, NC 28675
336-372-5573
Thursday September 4, 2014; 7:00 p.m.

Lecture and Booksigning:
After Appomattox: North Carolina Civil War Monuments
Watauga County Public Library
140 Queen St.
Boone, NC 28607
828-264-8784
Saturday September 6, 2014; 2:00 p.m.

Photo Exhibition and Lecture:
After Appomattox: North Carolina Civil War Monuments, 1865-1965
High Point Museum
1859 E. Lexington Ave
High Point, NC 27262
336-885-1859
September 17-December 13, 2014

Mountaineering Photography and Craft Talk:
Ashe Camera Club
Blue Ridge EMC office
2375 NC Hwy 163
West Jefferson, NC 28694
336-846-7138
Monday September 22, 2014; 7:00 p.m.

Booksigning and Photography Sale:
Art on the Mountain
Ashe County Arts Council
303 School Ave.
West Jefferson, NC 28694
336-846-2787
Saturday September 27, 2014; 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Lecture and Booksigning:
After Appomattox: North Carolina Civil War Monuments
Rowan History Club
Rowan Museum
202 N. Main St.
Salisbury, NC 28144
704-856-8609
Tuesday October 14, 2014; 7:00 p.m.

Lecture and Booksigning:
After Appomattox: North Carolina Civil War Monuments
Rowan Museum
202 N. Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144
704-633-5946
Tuesday April 14, 2015; 7:00 p.m.
Solo Photo Exhibition with Lecture and Booksigning:
After Appomattox: North Carolina Civil War Monuments
Museum of the Albemarle
501 S. Water St.
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
252-331-4054
May1-November 28, 2015; lecture and booksigning Saturday May 2, 2015.

Memberships & Links

North Carolina Civil War Monuments
Highpointers
North Carolina Humanities Council Speakers Bureau
Muddy River Art
North Carolina Web Design
North Carolina Vacations
Associated Artists of Winston-Salemm

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