Northern Islands Mayor Jerome Aldan said a group of mountaineers will be visiting the Commonwealth once again to climb its highest peak, Mt. Agrihan.
Last year, Highpointers Club members John Mitchler and Roger Kaul scaled the 3,166-foot volcano but failed to reach the peak.
Aldan said the two have contacted his office, saying they will return and attempt to climb Mt. Agrihan once again.
The Highpointers Club consists of nearly 3,000 members who are interested in climbing the highest point of each state.
“They are coming back and they are supposed to be back here in June. They have been climbing the highest mountains and Agrihan is the highest peak in Micronesia,” Aldan said.
The Northern Islands Mayors Office wants to make the Northern Islands another mountain climbing destination in the Pacific.
Aldan noted that the Highpointers Club’s experience in climbing Mt. Agrihan this year could entice other climbing groups to visit the CNMI.
In the past, the Northern Islands have attracted exploration missions, recreation, and scientific research.
“We’ve been talking to Gordon Marciano of Pacific Development, Inc. and some other local businessmen that have expressed interest and we’re still working on it,” he said.
Aldan said that transportation to the Northern Islands for the mountaineers depends on what is available.
Aldan also noted that his office is looing at introducing a yacht race that will involve racing to the Northern Islands. He said he will discuss the proposal with Saipan’s yacht club.