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Re: Wisconsin Hikers coming to CO

Postby Steve Climber » Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:29 pm

Dave B wrote:
HikeWI wrote:I was reading the pocket guide by the CMCF and it states its difficult if you're not a rock climber.


That statement is ridiculous. From what I remember there is one move on the entire traverse that could qualify as anything more than easy. The exit ledges are exposed but it's really nothing more than class 2/2+.

In comparison I thought the Kehole route on Longs could be a bit spooky in places simply because of how polished the rock is.


If you follow the ridge proper and go up/over every gendarme, yes, it could be difficult without being a climber...if you bypass them per the "normal" Sawtooth route it never gets worse than anything you've done on Longs.
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Re: Wisconsin Hikers coming to CO

Postby hotrod » Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:30 pm

I think it's still named Rib Mountain, but the ski resort on it changed its name to Granite Peak.
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Re: Wisconsin Hikers coming to CO

Postby scholbiwan » Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:45 pm

Longs is more exposed, but the Sawtooth is looser. The most exposed parts of the traverse are loose like the trough portion of the Keyhole route on Longs.

Having said that, I think it shouldn't be a problem. Bring a helmet and be careful with your footwork.

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Re: Wisconsin Hikers coming to CO

Postby MechE » Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:52 pm

It is still Rib Mountain. Hotrod is correct that the ski area name was changed to Granite Peak.

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Re: Wisconsin Hikers coming to CO

Postby MechE » Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:04 pm

semitrueskerm wrote:
spiderman wrote:If you can do Rib Mountain, you should be fine.


Didn't they change the name?

Personally, I enjoy the climb of Grandad's Bluff in La Crosse....


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Re: Wisconsin Hikers coming to CO

Postby Phill the Thrill » Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:16 pm

Of the peaks you've listed I think the Sawtooth is the only section where a helmet is a good idea. It is not necessary on the standard routes of Grays/Torreys, Elbert & Massive.

Check the skies before leaving the Bierstadt summit for the Sawtooth. You don't want to be out there in a thunderstorm. Also, the hike across the Sawtooth to the Mt. Evans summit is longer than it seems.
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Re: Wisconsin Hikers coming to CO

Postby spiderman » Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:18 pm

We were at Rib Mountain a couple days ago on our way back from Abercrombie Peak, Washington... don't ask about this non-Euclidian straight line. It still was called Rib Mountain.

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Re: Wisconsin Hikers coming to CO

Postby semitrueskerm » Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:45 pm

MechE wrote:It is still Rib Mountain. Hotrod is correct that the ski area name was changed to Granite Peak.



Some of us (me) got our skiing chops on the ice covered, wind blown slopes of Rib Mountain (not to mention "Nordic" Ski Area on Mt. Morris). I still don't get why they had to rename the ski area "Granite Peak". Re-frickin-donk-u-lus.

Speaking of intimidating WI mountains & climbs...isn't there a pretty nasty 150 foot climb in Perrot State Park? The Col de High Cliff in Sherwood via the old entrance road also gave me great pause growing up. As for mountain passes, I-90 west of Tomah heading towards La Crosse along the Wiscontinental Divide still ranks among my favorites...

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Re: Wisconsin Hikers coming to CO

Postby Skip Perkins » Wed Jul 17, 2013 6:19 am

Wausau just enjoys renaming stuff. The trails at Nine-mile Swamp became Nine-mile Forest.
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Re: Wisconsin Hikers coming to CO

Postby hotrod » Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:23 am

I skied at Nine Mile Swamp often in the 80s. I thought it lost some character when they renamed it "Forest". Ten years ago I had an argument concerning the name of a county park named "Ledge Park", where I hiked and explored caves. Opponent said it was "Ledge View", and sure enough, when I checked with the supervisor, it had been renamed.

What about Colorado? Are there name changes often?
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Re: Wisconsin Hikers coming to CO

Postby MechE » Wed Jul 17, 2013 6:59 pm

semitrueskerm wrote:
MechE wrote:It is still Rib Mountain. Hotrod is correct that the ski area name was changed to Granite Peak.



Some of us (me) got our skiing chops on the ice covered, wind blown slopes of Rib Mountain (not to mention "Nordic" Ski Area on Mt. Morris). I still don't get why they had to rename the ski area "Granite Peak". Re-frickin-donk-u-lus.

Speaking of intimidating WI mountains & climbs...isn't there a pretty nasty 150 foot climb in Perrot State Park? The Col de High Cliff in Sherwood via the old entrance road also gave me great pause growing up. As for mountain passes, I-90 west of Tomah heading towards La Crosse along the Wiscontinental Divide still ranks among my favorites...

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We are good up here. I actually live close to Perrot State Park so I am familiar with it and its bluffs. Both Bunnel's Bluff and Eagle Bluff over Trempealeau have steep south faces like you describe. Most likely one of those two.

Funny that you mention the pass on I-90 between Tomah and La Crosse. My wife and I have family living in the eastern part of the state so we are constantly travelling that way. It is an impressive view of the Driftless Area when driving west.

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