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Climbing 10,000 feet

Postby danger » Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:43 am

hello, i'm interested in climbing 10,000 in a day. what's the shortest way to do this? i know there are many 5,000 foot ascents up the 14ers and i could double these to gain 10,000 feet but ii'd like to do this in the shortest distance possible. does anyone know of a route that ascends 5,000' in 5 miles? i'm hoping to keep the distance under 30 miles and closer to 20 would be ideal. i'm aware of the manitou incline which climbs 2,000' in a mile but i'm looking for something more aesthetic.

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Re: Climbing 10,000 feet

Postby ChrisinAZ » Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:27 am

If you're talking about ascending 10k in one uphill push, I'm not aware of anything in Colorado that'd fit the bill. Best options would be Cactus to Clouds on San Jacinto, Shorty's Well up Telescope, or starting from sea level to climb Haleakala.

If you don't mind some uphills and downhills, there are probably some ways to do it in CO. Your best option might be linking two or three 14ers in the Sawatch up, e.g. Yale-Princeton-Antero or the like.
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Re: Climbing 10,000 feet

Postby tlongpine » Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:38 am

Asked another way: what is the steepest route up a fourteener?
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Re: Climbing 10,000 feet

Postby ed20320 » Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:12 am

Pikes Peak is over 7000 feet from the Barr Trail TH to the summit. you could hit the summit, go back to Barr Camp and hit the summit again. Thats a lot of distance though. Im guessing 18+ miles?? and then you would still have the 13 mile return to the TH.

Mt Rainier is 9500 Ft. thats the biggest change in elevation i can think of in the lower 48.
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Re: Climbing 10,000 feet

Postby d_baker » Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:15 am

danger wrote:hello, i'm interested in climbing 10,000 in a day. i'm aware of the manitou incline which climbs 2,000' in a mile but i'm looking for something more aesthetic.

There's generally nice looking women on the incline. How much more aesthetic do you want?!

Do a double on the incline and then go up Barr trail to the summit. Not shortest, but plenty of elevation gain.
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Re: Climbing 10,000 feet

Postby tlongpine » Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:15 am

I am unable to walk away from the mountain without climbing it. An unclimbed mountain tugs at my consciousness with the eternal weight of time itself. Until I've pressed my face into it's alpine winds, hugged it's ancient granite walls, and put it's weathered summit beneath my heal I'm unable to resist it's attraction.Knowing nature gives the mountain more time than she gives us adds urgency to the obsession. As has been said before; the mountain doesn't care.

It can wait forever. I cannot.
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Re: Climbing 10,000 feet

Postby jrbren_vt » Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:19 am

I see 10K' elevation gain and steepest route to a 14er as totally different questions. For 10K' vertical gain in one push I think front range and start walking from Kansas. There are several popular routes on Rainier with 10K' vertical (from Sunrise on the east side, several less popular routes on the west side). Or just start walking from below Paradise for the DC route, maybe one of the campgrounds between Ashford and Paradise ? Several 10K' gain routes in California already mentioned. For steepest 14er routes the diamond on Long's comes to mind. What is so special about 10k' vertical gain anyway ?
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Re: Climbing 10,000 feet

Postby TallGrass » Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:21 am

In Colorado:
High Point: Mount Elbert, 14,440 ft; Low Point: Arikaree River at Kansas border, 3,317 ft; Difference: 11,123 ft.
Nearest 14er: Pikes Peak, 14,110 ft; Low Point: Arikaree River at Kansas border, 3,317 ft; Difference: 10,793 ft.

Contiguous U.S.
Mount Whitney, 14,505 ft; Badwater Basin, Death Valley, CA, -282 ft (about 85 miles away); Difference: 14,787 ft.

Thinking it would be easiest to get 10k vert by Whitney.
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Re: Climbing 10,000 feet

Postby specmiata37 » Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:29 am

Ashford to the top of Mt. Rainier is over 12.5K gain, less than 50 miles, not sure of the exact distance.
On the DC route we climbed 9450 in 2 days. Some diversions higher up due to crevasse issues.
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Re: Climbing 10,000 feet

Postby ezabielski » Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:30 am

Columbia, Harvard, Yale would give you 10K almost certainly. Maybe Belford, Oxford, Missouri, Huron, too. Really, any string of mountains in the Sawatch.

Or just do Nolans to get about 90k.
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Re: Climbing 10,000 feet

Postby dpage » Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:33 am

Lone Pine is 3727'. No need to start at Bad Water to get 10k
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Re: Climbing 10,000 feet

Postby spiderman » Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:41 am

I know that people have done ridiculous amount of elevation gains in a day, but most of these feats where done on routes listed as multi-day backpacking trips in books. My question is what is the most elevation listed for a day-hike in a guidebook? Roach has some wicked combinations, and I was impressed when my brother included a few 10k+ routes for day hikes in his Afoot & Afield in the Inland Empire guidebook (e.g. San Antonio Ridge, 10.2k elevation gain in a suggested 14h day hike).

The 11.5k of Shorty's Wells to Telescope Peak is truly wicked... would love to do that someday with you Chris since that was my first Ultra that I climbed (not by that route obviously). What is the most that anybody else has seen?

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