inthemtns wrote:Regarding rule 2, I cringe at seeing people leave the harder peaks for last. When it comes to lists, it’s not how many, it’s which ones you’ve climbed that’s important. If you’ve climbed 97 centennials and have Jagged, Dallas, and Teakettle left to climb, what have you proved? So, inherent in rule 2 is don’t start a list unless you know you can finish it. And if you can finish it, don’t leave the harder ones for last. If you leave the hard ones for last, are you going to push through the peak with threatening weather? Or are you going to try to finish the list with a hard peak in October when it’s covered in snow? If you’re climbing a harder peak and you’re not that close to finishing, psychologically it’s probably easier to turn back and leave it for another day.
I disagree with everything you posted but I'm going to focus on this one in particular. This is .....ridiculous. My last 14ers were in order: Little Bear, El Diente, Mount Wilson, Wilson Peak, Capitol Peak, Crestone Peak, North Maroon, and Evans (which was so people could drive up to celebrate with us). Climbing is a personal thing. You prove what you want to prove. If someone climbs 50 14ers and decides they don't want to finish because the rest are beyond their ability that is their choice and it doesn't impact anyone else. If you push through threatening weather to do your remaining peaks that is a personal issue and a sign of bad decision making. You should always be willing to turn back.
I have climbed 84 centennials. I have some hard ones left and some easy ones left. Does it matter what I've proved to anyone else? No, it only matters to me. I can choose to finish or not finish at this point. It's up to me and whether I'm happy.
Rules like this are just plain stupid. Leave them at home and do it the way you want and have fun doing it. Come home safe at the end of the day. That's it.