Kentucky: Black Mountain (4,145ft)
Black Mountain is the highest mountain peak in the Commonwealth
of Kentucky, USA, with a summit elevation of 4,145 feet (1,263 m) 
above mean sea level and a top to bottom height of over 2,500 feet (760 m). The summit is located at approximately
36°54′51″N 82°53′38″W in Harlan County, Kentucky near the Virginia border, just above the towns of Lynch, Kentucky and
Appalachia, Virginia. It is about 500 feet (150 m) taller than any other mountain in Kentucky and is one of the highest mountains in Appalachia outside the Blue Ridge Mountains region.
Route 160 east of Lynch, Kentucky and west of Appalachia, Virginia crosses the mountain. The summit is reached by a narrow road that turns off to the right (coming from Lynch, KY or to the left, if coming from Appalachia, VA) at the Kentucky-Virginia line (the gap that is the highest part of Route 160) and leads past an FAA radar dome. There is a one lane dirt road to the left not far past the radar dome that leads to the summit. The summit is marked with an abandoned metal fire lookout tower (the cab and wooden steps are missing from the tower). There are also multiple radio towers along with transmitter buildings around the summit and a National Geodetic Survey
benchmark is located on a large rock over the hill to the left of the fire tower. The benchmark is 6 feet below the highest point  which is apparently directly under the old lookout tower.
The FAA Radar dome is nearby, but below the summit. Trees on both sides of the radar dome have been cleared, so views of other mountains are visible. On a clear day the Great Smoky Mountains on the Tennessee and North Carolina border are clearly visible.
Black Mountain's history is intimately tied to the coal mining of the surrounding region. Lynch, Kentucky, was once one of the largest coal mining towns in the nation. In 1998, Jericol Mining, Inc., petitioned to use mountaintop removal methods in the area of Black Mountain. Though the summit itself was not directly threatened, many people protested this action due to the peak's status as the state's highest point. In 1999, Kentucky purchased mineral and timber rights to the summit and prevented future large scale mining. Coal companies have alleged that mined coal veins converge beneath the summit of Black Mountain and that the summit is prone to collapse.
A coal company named Penn Virginia Resources of Radnor, Pennsylvania owns the summit, but allows public access with the completion of a waiver.
This is where the admin will fill in strategic details about the high-point. Roughly when it will occur (until a solid date is picked).
All trip updates and progress will be posted in the blog below