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Toughest 14ers to go down

Postby sheller » Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:23 am

I've heard that there are a number of 14ers that are tougher going down then up. I'm curious as to which ones you'd rank as the worse going down. Not technical down climbing, but rather ranked based on nastiness, slipperyness, talus- ness, blue toe nail causing slopes. So far I would say-

Columbia- standard
Sunshine- went down a non- standard cairned route that got a bit steep and had a very slippery talus section
Bross- standard

I have not done any in the Wilson group nor Challenger and am pretty curious as to how you'd rank these.

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Re: Toughest 14ers to go down

Postby Jim Davies » Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:42 am

The standard route on Maroon Peak was a pain in the butt, literally. 2000 feet of sloping scree and braided trails.

Challenger isn't as bad if you stay out of the gully and descend the west shoulder instead.
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Re: Toughest 14ers to go down

Postby randalmartin » Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:49 am

The Lindsey gully was pretty bad. I went up the NW Ridge route but down the gully. If I had to do it over I would come down the same way I went up.

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Re: Toughest 14ers to go down

Postby Jay521 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:54 am

With my knees, I would say they are ALL bad going down :) But that gully on Lindsey has got to rank right up there.
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Re: Toughest 14ers to go down

Postby Scott P » Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:57 am

South Maroon for sure. It was like descending 4 Bross'.
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Re: Toughest 14ers to go down

Postby kansas » Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:04 pm

Snowmass West Slopes
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Re: Toughest 14ers to go down

Postby sheller » Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:08 pm

I'm a little surprised about Lindsey. I agree it stunk going down, but I thought Columbia was so much worse and definitely more taxing, but then again while going down Lindsey I stayed more to the left on the firmer rock. I guess everyone experiences these climbs differently. :-k

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Re: Toughest 14ers to go down

Postby sheller » Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:09 pm

Kansas- your response reminded me that I forgot to put down my favorite one to go down. Which was Snowmass- glissading down in 30 mins was a blast. :-D

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Re: Toughest 14ers to go down

Postby carson_h » Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:32 pm

I'll second Maroon Peak. The upper part of the route is relatively slow going on the ascent and descent as expected; however, descending the East slope back to the Valley was nasty. It starts with loose rock and ends with slick dirt. I would start extra early to ensure that you're down in the valley before the afternoon showers roll in.

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Re: Toughest 14ers to go down

Postby its_not_a_tuba » Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:22 pm

Holy Cross, because you have to go up to go down.
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Re: Toughest 14ers to go down

Postby Jeremy Bauman » Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:46 pm

When I climbed Bross a few June's ago (2009), I seem to remember glissading down a couloir off the summit. It made getting back to the car much easier.

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Re: Toughest 14ers to go down

Postby JB99 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:47 pm

I haven't made the summit of Maroon, turned around right at the top of the East Slopes (for what turned out to be harmless clouds), but that descent earns the title from me for sure. Snowmass' West Slopes is up there among the worst, too.
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