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14er Trivia

Postby schrund » Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:42 pm

What was the last 14er in Colorado to see it's first ascent? And for extra credit, who climbed it and by what route? [according to "Roof of the Rockies" by William M. Bueler, 2000)
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Re: 14er Trivia

Postby tbaileymd » Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:48 pm

Crestone Peak, by Ellingwood. Don't know the route, but he put up some great ones.

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Re: 14er Trivia

Postby Jim Davies » Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:53 pm

I believe it was the Needle by Ellingwood and Eleanor Davis, via the traverse from Crestone Peak, in 1916. They also did first ascents of Kit Carson, Crestone Peak, and probably then-unnamed Challenger Point on the same trip.
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Re: 14er Trivia

Postby schrund » Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:54 pm

Well done. Traverse from the Peak along with Eleanor Davis, 1925~
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Re: 14er Trivia

Postby schrund » Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:55 pm

oops, or maybe 1916, the book isn't quite clear on the year~
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Re: 14er Trivia

Postby Jim Davies » Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:58 pm

The same pair went back and climbed the Ellingwood Arete in 1925, after spying the line on their descent of Broken Hand Pass in 1916 and presumably lusting after it for nine years. :)
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Re: 14er Trivia

Postby schrund » Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:14 pm

That same book contends that "the north face (of Uncompahgre)... to this day probably remains unclimbed" (as of 2000)
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Re: 14er Trivia

Postby sgladbach » Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:31 pm

Jim Davies wrote:I believe it was the Needle by Ellingwood and Eleanor Davis, via the traverse from Crestone Peak, in 1916. They also did first ascents of Kit Carson, Crestone Peak, and probably then-unnamed Challenger Point on the same trip.


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Re: 14er Trivia

Postby Jim Davies » Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:59 am

Somebody needs to name a mountain after Eleanor Davis. Seriously.
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Re: 14er Trivia

Postby djkest » Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:04 am

Mt. Sherman. No one could come up with a good reason to climb it. ;)
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Re: 14er Trivia

Postby Jesse M » Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:30 am

Here's an easy one.
1. What is an ultra-prominent peak?
2. How many are in Colorado?
3. What are they?
Extra Credit: how do they rank againt other ultra-prominent peaks in the USA?

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Re: 14er Trivia

Postby Dancesatmoonrise » Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:46 am

Jim Davies wrote:The same pair went back and climbed the Ellingwood Arete in 1925, after spying the line on their descent of Broken Hand Pass in 1916 and presumably lusting after it for nine years. :)


There's a nice discussion of the history of the Needle, and of the Ellingwood Arete, known historically as the Ellingwood Ledges route, in Fifty Classic Climbs of North America.

I found it interesting that Albert Ellingwood was a professor of political science, and that historian Chris Jones notes, of Ellingwood's Crestone ascents, that they were "probably the first rock climbs in the US where a concsious effort was made to belay." In that sense, Ellingwood may have been the true father of rock climbing in the US.


TRIVIA QUESTION:
Ellingwood and Davis also acheived the first ascent of Lizard Head. What year?

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