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. Mmmmm

    Hmm...more women than men...and what's up with panda-boy...that is just too freakie a grown-man with his beany bear...lol

    July 12, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Queen

    "Obeyed all traffic laws".

    July 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CSnSC

    Uh, I live there. They drove to within a few mins walk to each summit. It would take 3 days for an experienced hiker to climb mt Mitchel from the base.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • GAhiker

      It actually only takes 1 day for an "experienced hiker" to hike Mt. Mitchell from the base. You are, however, correct about them not doing it that way.

      July 12, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Queen

    Hi, CSinSC.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hiking that much will....

    ....give you a great set of gams!

    July 12, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Don't wanna watch

    Those chicks look like they're probably climbing on each other, too.

    July 12, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Frostiken

    Wow, the highest mountain in Alabama.

    Seriously? When you say 'peaks' I think about the Tetons, Colorado's Fourteeners, even greater Appalachia would do. But, seriously, driving to a parking lot trailhead, scrambling up the short climb to the 'peak' of what is little more than an oversized hill... wow.

    July 12, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      And, if their goal was to do one long, strenuous peak, they could have, but, as it takes time to do such things, and their goal was to do multiple peaks in one day, they chose this instead. Was there a point to your post or do you just like to pin irrelevant insults on people for the fun of it?

      July 13, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. HRH banasy


    July 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mmmmm


    look like this patent has expired...

    July 12, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. OK

    I take it this picture was taken before the 21 drove to Pakistan and were killed by drone strikes.

    July 12, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. leeintulsa

    Drove to pakistan? How'd they keep the salt water out of the carb?

    July 12, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Stand on your own

    I say this as a command 6 billion people to take down one man I'm jealous of for no real reason. In fact he's kinda whooping me considering how superior I am.

    July 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Catholic Priest

    Bring me all of your children so i can wash their sins away !! And maybe just maybe God will forgive u all of your sins !!!

    July 12, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John Mitchler

    Four different groups have visited 8 state highpoints in one day.
    One group has done 7 in a day.
    One group has done 6 in a day.
    This type of information is maintained by the Highpointers Club, based in Golden, Colorado.

    July 13, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Curious

      Can you tell me where? I'm guessing this is in the Northeast somewhere where the states are all pretty close together...

      July 13, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • John M.

      Curious is Correct – N.E. figures prominently in the records.
      Several variations involving WV MD PA DE NJ CT MA RI,
      and one used GA SC NC TN KY WV MD PA

      July 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. joann

    Ok,that's showing them(men) that is,what us women can do.But,more power to them(and men also).God,bless them all. JoAnn Bartholomew

    July 13, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
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