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Most Climbable

Postby piejesu » Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:58 am

Trying to create a list of the most climbable mountains. By that I mean, mountains that are straightforward/safe/walkup-like, and without the hazards of glaciers/seracs/avalanches/technical climbing.

I've created this list just based on hearsay, it isn't meant to be exhaustive or anything. Looking for things generally above 14k.

Mt Fuji
Mt Ararat
Mt Elbrus
Pico De Orizaba
Damavand
Kilimanjaro
Aconcagua
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Re: Most Climbable

Postby Scott » Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:09 pm

By that I mean, mountains that are straightforward/safe/walkup-like, and without the hazards of glaciers/seracs/avalanches/technical climbing.


Elbrus and Aconcagua are some of the deadliest mountains in the world (by number of climbers killed). Because they have some non-technical standard routes, doesn't always mean that they are safe and free from hazards.

Elbrus is definitely not free of glaciers, seracs, and avalanches. It is true that the standard route is straight forward and not very technical, but in bad weather it's easy to get off route which quickly leads to crevasse danger and even the standard route is surrounded by huge crevasse fields (that are avoided if you stay on route). Avalanches have actually taken several lives as well. While straight forward in good conditions, the mountain is a magnet for bad weather. Fairly non-technical in good conditions does not equal safe and free from hazards.

Altitude, cold, and storms have killed many on Aconcagua. In fact, in some ways the non-technical nature of the route actually makes it more dangerous because people tend to underestimate that mountain as well as climbers can really ascend fast on the route.

There are plenty of mountains above 14K that are safer than most of the ones on your list. In fact in Colorado, you can drive to or very near the summits of 2-3 of them.
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Re: Most Climbable

Postby mrchad9 » Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:01 pm

This is going to be a pretty long list, I think some additional criteria are needed.
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Re: Most Climbable

Postby Burchey » Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:03 pm

Should we also consider the time it takes for the climb/approach?
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Re: Most Climbable

Postby Andinistaloco » Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:28 am

Without going into essay format to ask what it is you're looking for, I'll say it looks a little like you're talking about cheap altitude. It's a deceptive term because while high peaks can be TECHNICALLY easy, there are severe risks in the form of faster weather changes, altitude-related illnesses, and the like. But that's not what you wanted to hear. I'll throw out Chachani, in Peru. In the best of conditions it's mostly a trail hike to 6k.
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Re: Most Climbable

Postby ibelieveindevil » Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:38 am

mount kinabalu, 4095m, tallest mountain in malaysia and malay archipelago, is a short 2-day hike that can be done even by kids.
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