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'Easiest' State Highpoint over 10k Feet.

Postby Basham » Thu Oct 06, 2016 3:39 pm

I don't think there's such a thing so I'll route it to 'least difficult' of them. I, personally think Wheeler would take the top on this, but you'd pretty much have to do all of those in order to know.
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Re: 'Easiest' State Highpoint over 10k Feet.

Postby Bark Eater » Thu Oct 06, 2016 4:18 pm

If you include drive ups, Mauna Kea. For hiking, Humphrey Peak, AZ. Look up the Martin Difficulty Essay, it has been discussed extensively here and elsewhere.
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Re: 'Easiest' State Highpoint over 10k Feet.

Postby Basham » Thu Oct 06, 2016 4:56 pm

I might've been to Mauna Kea. Is it in Volcano National Park? I took a tour through the and might've gone to the summit.
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Re: 'Easiest' State Highpoint over 10k Feet.

Postby Scott » Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:01 pm

Is it in Volcano National Park?


No.

Anyway, by climbing definitions, all the state highpoints are considered to be easy walkups except for Denali, Rainier, Hood, Gannett, and Granite. Borah might possibly be on the borderline between easy and moderate.
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Re: 'Easiest' State Highpoint over 10k Feet.

Postby Basham » Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:12 pm

Scott wrote:
Is it in Volcano National Park?


No

Damnit. I was hoping I'd already been there.
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Re: 'Easiest' State Highpoint over 10k Feet.

Postby Basham » Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:21 pm

Based on what I just read, it seems like Mt Whitney would be the most difficult I could maybe do. But I'd probably have to climb a few easier highpoints before.
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Re: 'Easiest' State Highpoint over 10k Feet.

Postby Puma concolor » Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:12 pm

Mauna Kea is on the Big Island but is about halfway in between Hilo and Kona. You aren't required, BTW, to drive to the top. :wink: There is a real cool hike that takes in close to 5K vertcial gain that leaves from the Visitor's Center. I went up this way and then walked down the "road." RT was about 8 hours.

But yeah, having done them all, I agree with Bark Eater that Humphreys is the easiest highpoint above 10K as long as you don't drive Mauna Kea.
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Re: 'Easiest' State Highpoint over 10k Feet.

Postby Puma concolor » Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:34 pm

Scott wrote:

Anyway, by climbing definitions, all the state highpoints are considered to be non-technical except for Denali, Rainier, Hood, Gannett, and Granite.


FIFY.

My personal definition of "easy" would be roadside top-roping. Not King's Peak, Utah or Boundary Peak, Nevada. Easy is in the eyes of the beholder. :)
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Re: 'Easiest' State Highpoint over 10k Feet.

Postby Scott » Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:13 pm

Easy is in the eyes of the beholder. :)


True, but in the post I did make sure to say by climbing definitions (and used the phrase non-technical).

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Re: 'Easiest' State Highpoint over 10k Feet.

Postby stoaX » Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:52 pm

Basham wrote:Based on what I just read, it seems like Mt Whitney would be the most difficult I could maybe do. But I'd probably have to climb a few easier highpoints before.


I would point out that an important aspect of making a 10k peak "easy" is acclimation to the altitude. Spending time above 9kt for a few days before the hike really helps me, especially if we're talking Whitney or some other 14er. My personal experience is everything is fine without acclimation until I cross 12k - your mileage may vary.
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Re: 'Easiest' State Highpoint over 10k Feet.

Postby Basham » Thu Oct 06, 2016 11:55 pm

I've noticed from ski trips that going from 400ft to 13,000ft in one day is pretty uncomfortable.
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Re: 'Easiest' State Highpoint over 10k Feet.

Postby Basham » Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:34 am

How 'bout this, best over 10k for an AMATEUR climber.
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Re: 'Easiest' State Highpoint over 10k Feet.

Postby Puma concolor » Fri Oct 07, 2016 1:31 am

You're a hoot, dude.

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Re: 'Easiest' State Highpoint over 10k Feet.

Postby Palisades79 » Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:23 pm

Take a look at Nevada's highpoint ,Boundary Peak . You could combine that with a hike up White Mountain.
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Re: 'Easiest' State Highpoint over 10k Feet.

Postby Basham » Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:04 pm

Is this what you're talking about?
http://www.summitpost.org/white-mountain-peak/150221
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