forbins_mtn wrote:Class 3+ wear a helmet and solid shoes. The one time you stray from the rule you might pay the price. It took me a while to realize it's not about your comfort on rock but the fact that you never know who's above you on the route
And the Needle was the closest I ever came to losing my life climbing fourteeners. Soft ball size rock blasted within inches of my head. Actually skinned my hand which I had instinctively raised to shield my face. No one above us as well. Maybe one of those big white pesky mosquitoes??? I would say IMHO that the most crucial helmet required 14ers are the Bells, Little Bear, and the Crestones and prob Wilson as well, although there are still many others. So like the others said: helmet.