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Re: Which 14er do you fear the most?

Postby jverrant1 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:35 am

I've had a pretty bad experience on the Crestone Needle. Ended up missing the standard class 3 gulch and went further west. Ended up climbing something far more exposed and difficult than we had planned on. After we reached the summit, it started snowing/hailing and slick rock isn't fun to down climb. It was the one time I was really concerned about how I'd ever get out of the situation.

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Re: Which 14er do you fear the most?

Postby MountainHiker » Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:04 pm

jverrant1 wrote:I've had a pretty bad experience on the Crestone Needle. Ended up missing the standard class 3 gulch and went further west. Ended up climbing something far more exposed and difficult than we had planned on. After we reached the summit, it started snowing/hailing and slick rock isn't fun to down climb. It was the one time I was really concerned about how I'd ever get out of the situation.

That’s something the harder ones tend to have in common. They are less forgiving with getting off route. Combine that with some weather and you can have real problems. Even some of the easy fourteeners like Quandary have bad places to get off route in a storm.
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Re: Which 14er do you fear the most?

Postby Tory Wells » Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:04 pm

Scott P wrote:Culebra. That $200-$400 is going to hurt.

Well played Scott, well played.

For me: Annapurna. That counts as a 14er, right?
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Re: Which 14er do you fear the most?

Postby Michael J » Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:20 pm

The next dangerous section. Everything that I have climbed has taken away the fear of that particular peak, even after a near death experience. I respect every peak even upon a return to do it again. I don't fear any of the remaining peaks that I have left to do but I do have anxieties about doing the 4 classic traverses after that. I've done El D to Mount Wilson and I look forward with anticipation to the other three. My three most respected? Capitol, Little Bear, and N. Maroon.

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Re: Which 14er do you fear the most?

Postby Dan_Suitor » Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:08 am

It used to be Maroon Bells because of the unstable rock and stories of people dying, but after reading this thread, it might be Little Bear now. I hear the last 20 ft of Sunlight can be intimidating as well. I have no problem climbing any of them, just need to be a little more cautious when I do.

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Re: Which 14er do you fear the most?

Postby blderhiker » Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:33 pm

For me it would have to be little bear, the bells, capital and pyramid peak. I have yet to do these peaks but as of right now they concern me the most. But that is why I love hiking/climbing 14ers because they provide me the opportunity to overcome these fears and become a better person.

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Re: Which 14er do you fear the most?

Postby PaliKona » Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:05 pm

Bross...no doubt! That's some nasty scree!!

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Re: Which 14er do you fear the most?

Postby davebks » Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:43 pm

pyramid or little bear.

honestly, I didnt think Capitol was all that bad, at least the knife edge wasn't. It was probably the most stable part of that whole climb. The rest was kinda unstable but overall it's really not that scary.

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Re: Which 14er do you fear the most?

Postby Monte Meals » Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:04 pm

Palikona "Bross...no doubt! That's some nasty scree!!"

The Hell With That!

Try going up The Incline right now (during spring break) with all of the
Females wearing Lulu Yoga Pants!

Exposure takes on a whole new dimension ;-)

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Re: Which 14er do you fear the most?

Postby PaliKona » Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:24 pm

Well, sounds like I need to hit the Incline later this week \:D/

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Re: Which 14er do you fear the most?

Postby huffy13 » Sat Mar 30, 2013 2:19 am

Tornadoman wrote:I remember when I first started climbed 14ers there were a lot of peaks that looked very intimidating; most of the class 3/4 peaks. Now that I have climbed several class 3 routes, I don't think that most of the 14ers look *that* frightening, with one exception- Little Bear. Looking at pictures of the hourglass route makes my skin crawl, and the Southwest ridge route also looks daunting. What is the 14er that you are most afraid of (either to try or repeat).


I don't know if I will ever get a chance to try it, but Little Bear probably takes it for me, especially after looking at it during my attempt of Blanca and Ellingwood last June. That mountain just looks terrifying to me. Capitol looks mighty scary, as does Pyramid and the Bells. However, a gentleman we talked to on the summit of Mt. Lindsey a few years ago had just done Maroon Peak the week before and he thought it was easier and less exposed than Lindsey, so I may have a slight ray of hope at trying Maroon in the near future. But, in a nutshell, Little Bear, Pyramid, Capitol and the Bells...in that order.
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Re: Which 14er do you fear the most?

Postby hansolo35 » Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:33 am

Funny how subjective this thread is. To my surprise, snow mass keeps on getting mentioned here. Snowmass for me was one of my most enjoyable climbs, with no expectant fear going into it or actual fear whilst on the peak. Climbing the 'snowmass' was sweeeet! As for me, starlight peak in the Sierra is the ONE! Fear of the brutal approach. The milk bottle spire should be fun climbing though

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