Vermonter becomes youngest female to ‘highpoint’ all 50 states
On June 13, Kristen Kelliher, 18, of Norwich, Vt., became the youngest female to “highpoint” (climb the highest peak) in all 50 states when she reached the summit of Alaska’s Mount McKinley (a.k.a. Denali). In October 2011, she set another mark by becoming the youngest female — by more than 12 years — to highpoint in all 48 states in the continental United States. Kelliher hopes to become a professional guide and will attend Bates College in Maine this fall.