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50 For Tibet – State Highpointer

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Team Highpoint’s Fund Raising Project For: THE ROWELL FUND FOR TIBET

Team Highpoint is pleased to announce that they will be attempting state highpoints #48 (Arkansas) and #49 (Wyoming) in the next two months. The top of Arkansas is known as Magazine Mountain (2,753 feet) and is located in the Ozark National Forest. The highest point in Wyoming is Gannett Peak in the Wind River Range. At 13,804 feet, Gannett Peak is the 5th highest state highpoint and requires a longer approach hike than any of the other 49 states highpoints.

The Colorado based Team Highpoint has continued its 50 For Tibet project in a big way by collecting tax deductible donations and pledges now in excess of $150,000.00. The Team has so far reached 47 state highpoints (and Washington, DC), traveled over 60,000 miles, and has climbed over 76,000 feet of elevation gain since June 16, 2006. Team Highpoint hopes to reach the highest point in all 50 states (Arkansas, Wyoming, and Alaska are remaining) as a fundraising effort for The Rowell Fund for Tibet (, an organization which provides financial grants to Tibetan artists, writers, photographers, filmmakers, and musicians around the world to help preserve the threatened Tibetan culture.

Financial support for the 50 For Tibet project has come from corporations and private donors around the world. Some contributors pledge an amount per highpoint reached, and others donate a specific amount to the project. One hundred percent (100%) of all donations go directly to The Rowell Fund because all costs for transportation, lodging, food, equipment and other expenses for Team Highpoint are paid by the group’s primary benefactor, ECHO Geophysical Corporation (Denver, Colorado) and/or individual team members.

“Our motto is to ‘celebrate one mountain culture, preserve another’,” said John Jancik, who began planning this challenging adventure in October of 2005 with his wife, Terri Baker. John and Terri, who originally met Galen Rowell in 1995 as the three of them prepared for their participation in the 1996 Top Of The World Expedition to northern Greenland, now serve on The Advisory Board of The Rowell Fund For Tibet. Team Highpoint also includes their son David Baker, his wife Jennifer Pauley, and longtime friend, Steve Gardiner. On Sunday, September 23rd, 2006, Team Highpoint was honored to meet His Holiness The Dali Lama during his visit to Colorado.

To learn more about Team Highpoint and its 50 For Tibet project, see the Team’s website at or contact Team Highpoint members John Jancik at or Jennifer Pauley at More information about the Tibetan situation is available from the International Campaign for Tibet at or by phone at (202) 785-1515.

Team Highpoint: David Baker, Jennifer Pauley, John Jancik, and Steve Gardiner

(c/o ECHO Geophysical Corporation)

1999 Broadway, Suite 3100, Denver, CO 80202 Phone: (303) 893.9014

Check out this link featuring a 50 For Tibet feature story video aired by local Denver CBS network affiliate, KCNC-TV, Channel 4 on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006.