Hikers climb five mountain summits in one day
Mission complete: Hike five mountains, in five states, in one day
July 12th, 2011
04:30 PM ET

Hikers climb five mountain summits in one day

Hikers from the Atlanta area completed a climb to the summit of the five highest peaks in five Southeastern states in one day.

The leader of the trip, Charlie Cottingham, said the group has applied to GuinnessWorldRecords.com to have the feat recorded as a hiking world record.

The 21 hikers are part of the Atlanta Outdoor Club. They climbed South Carolina's highest peak, Sassafras Mountain at 3,564 feet, Mount Mitchell in North Carolina at 6,684 feet, Clingmans Dome at 6,643 feet in Tennessee, Brasstown Bald in Georgia at 4,784 feet and Cheaha Mountain in Alabama at 2,413 feet.

"It was a perfect day because it was in the 70s in all five places," Cottingham said.

Cottingham said the idea for the trip dates back to 1992 when a group from the Atlanta Ski Club climbed four summits in four states. He was part of that trip and always believed it was possible to hike a fifth summit between sunrise and sunset on the same day.

The group used private vehicles on Sunday to travel between the mountains and "obeyed all traffic laws" during their journey. Cottingham said the five summits are near trailheads, which saved time.

"I'm proud of our achievement and it offers proof of what the spirit of friendly cooperation can do," Cottingham said.

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  1. jay

    I believe his point was, what's the big deal about climbing a few mole hills.

    July 13, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. HRH banasy


    You forgot the *'s,

    July 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. john

    Nothing to see here folks, let's move it along.

    July 13, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AtlantaNative

    So basically they did a lot of driving?? I don't see anything record worthy here. You basically drive to these summits. A long day yes..... but nothing a truck driver doesn't regularly do.
    Glad they had fun but I'm not sure why this is newsworthy.

    July 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Szur

    This is by no means a record. People have climbed more than 5 state HPs in a day. They did not do their homework! Please check out the various state highpointer websites.

    July 15, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. steve

    you morons. 5 state high points in 5 days? have you never heard of highpointers.org? or even cohp.org? this isn't even close to a record

    July 18, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. patmethenyfan

    I've been to four of these and I can confirm ALL four are accessible within a one mile hike or less from a road or parking lot. This is baloney. Grandma could do it if her gout isn't acting up.

    August 1, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mark

    I don't mean to pile on, but i can confirm that several members of the Highpointers Club climbed 7 in one day a few years ago. I sure hope Guiness doesn't decide that 5 is the record, just because these people got publicity and applied to them.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
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