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### 3000' rule clarification

Hypothetical question here. And please save me the "whatever you want it to be" stuff; I don't really care either way, just want to know the answer.

A person climbs the standard Lindsey route. En route, he crosses over the summit of NW Lindsey.

Therefore, this person honors the 3k rule on NW Lindsey, but not Lindsey. Right?

If that's the case, how does one ever honor this rule on Lindsey?

If not, disregard.

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### Re: 3000' rule clarification

If you're looking to get 3k+ on EVERY peak, climbing it again would do it.

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BillMiddlebrook wrote:If you're looking to get 3k+ on EVERY peak, climbing it again would do it.

Thanks, Bill...OK, so further clarification. If I did the Chicago Basin 4x in the same order every time, I could essentially "choose" which mountain I assign the 3k to?

I don't plan on changing any of my climbing plans, just want to fill in these fun little check boxes correctly.

Ridiculous. Awesome. Silly.

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### Re: 3000' rule clarification

Yup, silly. An arbitrary number that some people have as a goal and, on some peaks, you have no choice but to get over 3k.

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BillMiddlebrook wrote:Yup, silly. An arbitrary number that some people have as a goal and, on some peaks, you have no choice but to get over 3k.

And on others, going for 3000' requires you to walk on a road for several miles.
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### Re: 3000' rule clarification

I have checked the 3K box if I have covered the 3K for a peak even once. However I have also indicated every time I have stood on the summit. For instance with Bierstadt, I have only covered the 3K when I couldn’t drive to Guanella Pass. That would be just a minority of the many times I have climbed Bierstadt and indicated all of in my peak list.

I have climbed all of the groups of fourteeners multiple times, so I, in good conscience have clicked the 3K box for each one. The only group where there might be an issue is Chicago Basin. I have climbed those 3 times. Each time as a group. There is unranked N Eolus along with 3 ranked fourteeners. I suppose some would say I should uncheck N Eolus 3K box until I go up there and climb those a 4th time. F**k em! (This gets censored, right!)(apparently not! ) I probably will climb those a fourth time someday, but not for that reason.

I predict you won’t get spared the “whatever you want it to be” stuff.

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MountainHiker wrote:I suppose some would say I should uncheck N Eolus 3K box until I go up there and climb those a 4th time. F**k em! (This gets censored, right!)(apparently not! ) I probably will climb those a fourth time someday, but not for that reason.

I predict you won’t get spared the “whatever you want it to be” stuff.

Yeah, I thought about assigning my one Chicago Basin trip to N. Eolus!

It would be more fun if you could only assign it to the FIRST peak you climbed.

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### Re: 3000' rule clarification

Kinda off topic but not, at what top out elevation does the 3000 rule become a non rule? Say you climb Mt. Morrison here in Denver. Does the 3000 rule apply to non 13er or 14er peaks?
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rking007 wrote:Kinda off topic but not, at what top out elevation does the 3000 rule become a non rule? Say you climb Mt. Morrison here in Denver. Does the 3000 rule apply to non 13er or 14er peaks?

Nah, you just gotta start out from Scotsbluff.

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### Re: 3000' rule clarification

Most people will say the 3000' rule is satisfied for all the peaks on a hike by gaining a gross of 3000' between starting and ending points. "Starting and ending points" are those places where you begin and finish walking under your own power.

So the short answer to your question is yes, that's a 3000' ascent of Lindsey. I actually don't remember going over a sub-peak on Lindsey's standard route (with the god-awful loose gully, not the ridge) but I've been up hundreds of mountains and I'm getting old, so I'm starting to forget stuff. There is a different, longer descending portion on Lindsey's standard route however, where you go down into that basin after following the creek up to the ridge.

There are debates over the definition above, to put it mildly. Some people insist the *net* gain from starting point to highest summit be at least 3000'; that is, for an X foot peak, you must start at X - 3000 feet or lower, regardless of other peaks reached or descending portions traversed. Lindsey still counts by this definition (the Huerfano TH is around 10700').

If you want to assign only one peak per 3000' climbed, you can just count Lindsey but not NW Lindsey.
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### Re: 3000' rule clarification

TravelingMatt wrote:Most people will say the 3000' rule is satisfied...

I think most people will say the 3000' rule is stupid and pointless.
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### Re: 3000' rule clarification

doggler wrote:
rking007 wrote:Kinda off topic but not, at what top out elevation does the 3000 rule become a non rule? Say you climb Mt. Morrison here in Denver. Does the 3000 rule apply to non 13er or 14er peaks?

Nah, you just gotta start out from Scotsbluff.

Hahaha done...
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