Kings Peak in 1930 ...


Dec 13, 2016
I didn't know if this post should go here or in the TR forum, but since this wasn't my trip, and it was 86 years ago, this seemed like the place. (I'm also not sure this is congruent with the forum policy about linking to other sites, but given its historical nature I hope it's OK.)

A couple days ago the Spot the Map thread started me on an Internet search that led to a guy named A.H. Marshall, who was the first person to reach the highest point in every U.S. state. He did his hikes mostly in the early 1930s, usually alone. Interesting guy, and definitely a hack of an outdoorsman, in an era when the kind of gear and clothing we depend on mow hadn't been invented yet.

Anyhow, Marshall kept a diary his entire adult life, including detailed records of all his highpoint hikes. Someone has photographed all 2,475 pages of the diary and posted it online, and I spent some time looking at it. The entries are spare, but I thought it was really evocative stuff, especially if you have a little bit of familiarity with the areas involved.

The link below is an example ... Marshall's description of his ascent of King's Peak in 1930. Some of you might enjoy reading it. Click on the right arrow to get to later pages:

If you'd like to look at other states, there are links to his other highpoints here:


Formerly Cuberant
Aug 8, 2016
I love stuff like this!

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Broadcaster, formerly "ashergrey"
May 5, 2012
"And a talkie at that."

Nice find. Very interesting to read. Funny to think of people in the 30s (end of the hack era) finding old roofless cabins the way we do the tie hack ones today.
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