Fall 2004 Forward to a Friend

Mount Rainier, Washington, is one of 31 high points the Tkach family needs to master before becoming “Completers.”

Subaru Outback owner Steve Tkach of Castle Rock, Colorado, enjoys life from the top down. As a member of the Highpointers Club, he is one of the group’s more than 2,500 adventurers who share a common interest – they climb, hike or drive to reach and stand on the highest summit in each of the 50 states. Those who have succeeded are called “Completers,” and they’re listed on the Club’s Web site.

“Highpointing takes us down lots of dirt back roads,” Steve said. “Access to remote places requires the use of forest service roads. The Subaru takes on most of them without any problems.”

Steve shares his passion for highpointing with his eight-year-old son, Ian. Together, they have reached 19 summits. “We hope to reach the more grandiose western peaks in our Subaru in a few years,” Steve said.

The Tkach family in front of their 2000 Outback.
Steve describes his 123,000-mile, 2000 Subaru Outback as dependable and reliable – the perfect vehicle for his lifestyle as well as his location. “There’s lots of long-distance driving between places out west,” Steve explained. “The weather is unpredictable, and snow, black ice and sleet can be expected any time of year.”

No one knows that better than Laura, Steve’s wife of 18 years. Returning from the Denver International Airport with a friend one evening, she found herself trapped on the highway in a blizzard. “Despite all-wheel drive, she couldn’t go forward or backward because of all the cars in the way and the poor visibility,” Steve said. The women spent the night warm and safe in the Subaru. The next afternoon, they were finally able to back up, cross the median using Symmetrical AWD and go home on the other side of the interstate.

The Outback’s affordability, economy, practicality and roominess give Steve the freedom to reach the country’s highest elevations, where he and his family like to play!

For more information about the Highpointers Club, log on to www.highpointers.org.