Get to the High Point, Then Climb Higher

Mortgage and Lending with Province Mortgage Associates - NMLS #2861

Round Mountain from South Slope of Mount FrisselThis Saturday, I climbed Round Mountain in Salisbury, CT, and Mount Frissel, in the town of Mount Washington, MA.  It is a relatively short hike, at just over 1 mile, however, that involves a total of 800 feet of vertical ascent (and about 200 feet of descent along the way) which makes it a very steep, challenging climb.  The peak of the mountain is fairly unremarkable, as it has a significant amount of tree coverage, and although there is supposed to be a log book there where you can read the comments and names of others who have completed the climb and leave your own, I wasn't able to find it.CT Highpoint marker

The reason most people climb Mount Frissel is not to reach its summit.  Rather, the main attraction of the hike is that roughly 2/10 mile past the peak lies the Massachusetts / Connecticut border, and at a certain point along the border there is a small bronze monument, consisting of a small disc, and a rod roughly 6 inches high.  At 2380 feet elevation, this is the highest point in Connecticut. 

(One other feature this hike offers is the tri-point at the corner of Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York.  If you continue a bit further along the same path, you'll descend to a monument recognizing this.  Unfortunately I was short on time and didn't get to.)

Being at the Connecticut highpoint puts many things in perspective.  You can step out of the small glade where it is located, and enjoy a wonderful view of the Taconic region.  If you stay in the glade and look around closely, something becomes very clear:

Even though you are at the highest point in the state, there are still greater heights to climb. 

I've been blogging on Active Rain since September 2007, and in that time, I've climbed near to the top of the rankings in my state, Rhode Island.  I've been the #1 Loan Officer here for nearly 6 months, and Bob Black and I have gone back and forth for the #4 spot in the state at least twice (tag, you're it, Bob!).

However, looking at so many of the well established blogs here, I see valuable information from some great professionals who have 10 times my tenure here and aren't even as close to the top of their regions as I am.  I know looking at them, that no matter how close I get to the top of my own state, I still have a way to go to get to the top of my profession. 

Fortunately, thanks to this website, I have the knowledge available to me to learn the additional tools I will need to get there!  Thank you, ActiveRain for providing me with this opportunity.

Me and the CT Highpoint


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The Brewer Team - Benchmark Realty
Benchmark Realty - Franklin, TN

Congratualation on your high marks. One thing I've noticed is that when I'm really busy, I rarely post blogs. This week, I've been putting in 12 hours days trying to handle several buyers and 2 closings, so I usually don't spend the time blogging until I have free time.

Jun 26, 2008 01:23 AM #1
Larry Bettag
Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage - Saint Charles, IL
Regional Vice-President

I do a lot of climbing myself out in Colorado.  I always hated the false peaks, but once you get there, you feel awesome.  And you're glad you persisted.  Isn't there a parallel there with our business?

Jun 26, 2008 01:25 AM #2
Chuck & Lucy Willman
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

Just by setting that little marker there people will go to see it... there's some great symbolism there.

Jun 26, 2008 04:43 AM #3
Bob Black
Williams & Stuart Real Estate - Cranston, RI


It appears you and I have a lot in common. My girlfriend and I also love to hike and climb. We've done many hikes in RI and Mass. One of our favorites and still one of the hardest was the ascent up Mt. Holyoke. It's not the highest or longest hike but it was particularly challenging given our chosen path. Plenty of up, down, left, right climbing combined with a 95 degree day. FUN!

I appreciate you mentioning me in your blog and I think it would be a good idea for us to get together soon to discuss our stratagies. Feel free to contact me anytime if you'd like to do the same. 

Bob Black


PS- I'm working on more blogs as I'm writing this so you better be ready to get tagged!

Jun 29, 2008 03:27 AM #4
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Nice post. A great post for localism. I like the title to your post.

Jul 21, 2008 11:14 PM #5
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Thanks for you for taking the time to comment on this subject in the Active Rain network.  AR is the new "cyber backbone" of the industry, and with it's uplink to it is transforming the real estate marketplace. Agents who don't see which way the cyberwind is blowing are going to find themselves at a considerable disadvantage inside of three to five years.

Jul 25, 2008 03:38 AM #6
Dan Hartman
Province Mortgage Associates - NMLS #2861 - Providence, RI

Thanks, everyone for your comments.  I appreciate your feedback!


Aug 11, 2008 05:40 AM #7
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

There's a lot of wisdom in this post. And I wanted to say that when you go to the Florida Keys, at the end there's a concrete buoy (on land) that tells you you're at the southernmost point of FL, and how many miles it is to Cuba.

Aug 11, 2008 01:29 PM #8
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