However, in mountain climbing, as well as so many other human endeavors, some challenges are harder than others. Some of the world's "peaks," as it turns out, are actually quite accessible by non-professional climbers. An average person, with no experience at all, could climb to the top of these summits. In fact, some might dare to go so far as to call some of these so-called summits "easy." That's how I figured a professional mountain climber might call them.
I was by no means a professional mountain climber. I was just an average guy from Oklahoma. A person like me could only dream of reaching the summits of the great mountains of the world.
Instead, I set out with a modest goal: to climb the highest points of the states of the American Midwest. It was what I presumed to be an achievable goal for myself. There needed to be something extra, though... some added ingredient to make my journey a little more interesting.
This is the story of my attempt to climb five state highpoints in four days.