September 30, 2016
Photo credit: Alexander Bland
Hi, I’m Skye Marthaler, I started this series so I could indulge in a lot of my favorite activities in one place and hopefully create something enjoyable and educational for people.
I’ve always been fascinated by history and geography. In particular, I enjoy the little quirks that crop up from lines being drawn on a map. Highpoints are the results of those lines. Move the lines and things shift, different places take precedence. For me this is what makes highpointing in the USA so fascinating. There is a rich diversity between all of them and it gets you off the beaten path.
I grew up in Wisconsin only thirty minutes from that state’s highest point (Timms Hill.) I visited it periodically growing up, but it wasn’t until I got older the idea of exploring and visiting the rest in the country started to take hold. At first it was fun to fantasize about but the timing was never quite right, other hobbies and sports occupied my attention. Things would change.
In August of 2013 I was on my way to my twenty-year high school reunion. While heading to Wisconsin on Interstate 70 I passed a sign for Indiana’s highest point. On a whim I decided to check it out. I suppose an argument could be made that if you wanted to get some interested in highpointing you wouldn’t take them to Hoosier Hill. It is not the most awe-inspiring site. None of that mattered to me though, visiting that highpoint was fun and felt right. As I was driving away from it, it occurred to me I needed a new life goal and highpointing would fit the bill. Before that long weekend was over I would officially add another two my list, my old familiar in Wisconsin and Campbell Hill in Ohio.
By the time I got back home to Blacksburg, Virginia and checked a map I found I was living in the heart of East Coast highpointing. I’d knock off several more in the following months and now I’ve logged twenty-three plus the District of Columbia.
A few months later I moved to Nashville, Tennessee and got more involved in photography and filmmaking. It is at this point the idea of a web series took hold. While I enjoyed highpointing I figured I could do more to draw attention both to the sport and this unique slice of Americana. Creating this series is a natural extension of that desire. I hope you enjoy the episodes and I look forward to hearing from you.