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Re: Photos of crowded peaks?

Postby TallGrass » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:06 pm

A New Yorker knows how to be alone in a packed subway car.
An Alaskan knows how to be crowded by the camper miles down the road.
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Re: Photos of crowded peaks?

Postby Oman » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:34 pm

Homestretch on Longs:

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Re: Photos of crowded peaks?

Postby GregMiller » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:37 pm

TallGrass wrote:A New Yorker knows how to be alone in a packed subway car.
An Alaskan knows how to be crowded by the camper miles down the road.


Hey, you never know when they're going to pull an emergency brake stop to snap a picture of a moose, or some such silliness.

I always liked this question: "If they call it tourist season, why can't we shoot them?"
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Re: Photos of crowded peaks?

Postby MtHurd » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:51 pm

No way anyone should ever wear cotton shorts on Bierstadt. That mountain is just too dangerous and cold. Bierstadt is another name for Denali isn't it?
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Re: Photos of crowded peaks?

Postby Kiefer » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:58 pm

TallGrass wrote:A New Yorker knows how to be alone in a packed subway car.
An Alaskan knows how to be crowded by the camper miles down the road.

SO. FREAKIN. AWESOME! :-D


Which is why weekends SUCK for hiking/climbing.
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Re: Photos of crowded peaks?

Postby Theodore » Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:13 pm

And yet my wife and I didn't see a single person on La Plata the other week. First time I've done a 14er and not seen anyone else!
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Re: Photos of crowded peaks?

Postby Lemmiwinks » Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:16 pm

I don't think these pictures anger people because they are selfish, antisocial, and want the summit to themselves. Rather I think it's the fact that these peaks experience so much usage and are scarred by erosion. If you want a summit to yourself, it's possible on every single 14er in Colorado.
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Re: Photos of crowded peaks?

Postby Jim Davies » Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:19 pm

A line of people going up the trail on Grays causes almost no erosion.
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Re: Photos of crowded peaks?

Postby im_t_wal » Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:24 pm

Theodore wrote:And yet my wife and I didn't see a single person on La Plata the other week. First time I've done a 14er and not seen anyone else!


We had that happen on Wetterhorn in early August. Not a soul, not only on the summit, but the entire trail. It was almost eerie. Almost
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Re: Photos of crowded peaks?

Postby Coucher73 » Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:28 pm

I'm certainly not naive enough to ever EXPECT solitude on a 14'er summit or other popular hike, but these pictures show one of the big reasons that I very rarely hike on weekends any longer and mostly hike on Fridays instead.

Truth is, this state is big enough that if you want solitude, you can find it. Even on popular trails. I hiked Missouri Mountain two summers ago from the standard Belford/Ox/Missouri trailhead on a Friday morning starting at 6:00. I didn't see another soul until I was coming down from Missouri's summit.

Heck, one can even find solitude in the Front Range. Get a 6:00 or so start from Herman Gulch in the middle of the week and I'll virtually guarantee you that you can have a 13'er summit to yourself. Unless I'm there of course. :-D
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Re: Photos of crowded peaks?

Postby TallGrass » Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:37 pm

farcedude wrote:I always liked this question: "If they call it tourist season, why can't we shoot them?"


Because they can :guns: back??? :shock:
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Re: Photos of crowded peaks?

Postby Lemmiwinks » Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:45 pm

Jim Davies wrote:A line of people going up the trail on Grays causes almost no erosion.


New trails get formed and trails get wider due to all of the people passing others on the trail. Grays has about twenty different trails on it right now.
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