By Sue Eisenfeld for Washingtonian

Some people record all the birds they observe, ticking them off from a list of about 10,500 species in the world. Others try to run marathons on all seven continents. As a complement to my hiking passion, I dabble in a check-it-off hobby that’s a bit more obscure but lofty in its own way: highpointing.

For those outside the small circle of the obsessed: Highpointing means visiting the natural, geographic high point in every US state—a geographic array that ranges from the majestic (Alaska’s 20,310-foot Denali) to the mundane (the muddy 535-foot hill called Driskill Mountain that’s Louisiana’s highest point).

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