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Re: least accessible 14er/13er summit in CO?

Post by supranihilest » Fri Oct 09, 2020 3:00 pm

Boggy B wrote:
Fri Oct 09, 2020 2:51 pm
supranihilest wrote:
Fri Oct 09, 2020 2:29 pm
And the one that has three ascents, Gray Needle, very likely only has two. Whoever boardersage is is very unlikely to have climbed Gray Needle, which until August of this year hadn't seen a documented ascent since the 1950s. I highly doubt someone who just registered to the site this year, has logged a single easy 14er yet two dozen of the most difficult 13ers (and in their three minutes of site activity, no less), and has no other information about themselves actually climbed Gray Needle, so you can safely say that it only has two ascents.
I messaged boardersage but never got a reply. I assume it's Monster5 trolling me.
According to Steve Gladbach, Peter Stabolepszy was the first person known to have summitted all of the "Unranked" (Named) 13ers, which implies an ascent of Gray Needle. I reached out and he (Peter) told me that he and his partner spent a bunch of days climbing all the points around there to ensure they bagged Gray Needle, so it seems they got to it before we did. Some doubt his claims, but if his word was good enough for Steve, it's good enough for me. There have probably been other undocumented ascents. However, Stabolepszy didn't find the bolts either, so it is possible the original Gray Needle has never seen a second ascent, at least since all the people who knew where it actually is stopped climbing.
Cool, thanks for the additional info, Michael! I didn't know there was anyone else besides you (and of course Steve) who was even close to the unranked, named peaks, pretty neat that there are others who have completed them! I'm still highly skeptical on boardersage, so glad to see you think it's a troll, even a well known one. :lol:
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Re: least accessible 14er/13er summit in CO?

Post by CaptainSuburbia » Fri Oct 09, 2020 3:02 pm

Hamilton Peak seems pretty inaccessible with only 10 member ascents. I believe myself and a friend are the only members to climb it this year.
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Re: least accessible 14er/13er summit in CO?

Post by Trotter » Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:04 am

JacobW wrote:
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Just because something is "least climbed" doesn't really mean it's the least accessible. That's likely going to bring up a bunch of non-aesthetic peaks that are overshadowed by better summits nearby.

The best thing that comes to mind for "least accessible 14er" would be Sunlight Spire (all things considered).

As one of the seven people who climbed "The Kurzhorn", its not that its so inaccessible, but its an unranked and unremarkable bump on a ridge next to several much more exciting 13ers like the Trinities, Vestal, Arrow, etc.
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Re: least accessible 14er/13er summit in CO?

Post by bergsteigen » Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:42 pm

Least climbed just means less popular or lower elevation. These are the peaks I prefer and have hiked the most of.

If the peak requires a long distance high clearance 4x4, train and/or a significant backpack to access: it’s remote. Add in a long highway drive from the F’Range, and it’s double remote.
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