> "Crazy" people have climbed The Chopping Block or West McMillan Spire in a day, but almost any Pickets adventure involves at least one night.
This is not true. As of 2014, a well-beaten climbers' trail from Goodell Creek means that southern Pickets peaks are reasonable day-trips for someone with decent fitness, equivalent to moderately-hard stuff in the Sierra.
Good grief, a minor trace of hyperbole and humor was identified, and must be eliminated. :-|
Sorry if it came across like that, but people are easily intimidated when they shouldn't be. Heck, I was the victim of some Pickets mystique before I visited. They may have been an ordeal when Beckey wrote his guidebook, but things have changed, and saying otherwise is a corrosive kind of "anti-sandbagging" that discourages people from enjoying something within their abilities.
They're still a fair amount of distance, and a lot of elevation, but if you go up Goodell Creek, that distance and elevation translate into time the same way they do anywhere else.
Yeah, I see your point, and obviously I agree in that we wouldn't have even created this page if we wanted to discourage people from going there. I don't think the phrasing was "corrosive," rather it was meant to be inspirational and maybe a little funny. Still, a kinder editor changed the wording to be unoffensive which is doubtless for the best. Happy climbing.
Have to say thanks for putting this together. One of the best SP pages I've come across.