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Old 07-20-2005, 08:04 PM   #1
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I've been bagging peaks for about 4 years now and have only touched the tip of the iceberg. KCL has also taken up the hobby once we met and he loves it now. We hope to gain enough experience and confidence to bag peaks such as Mt Rainier in Washington or Mt McKinley in Alaska. This is a link to the peaks that we've bagged
so has anyone else bagged peaks and has stories, photos or wisdom to pass along?
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Only one, Ben Lomond in Queenstown, NZ


That would be me pointing to the summit.


And my Dad at the summit, looking like he is about to fall some 3,000 ft.
My Dad wanted some experience before going to the Everest base camp later this year.
It took 7 hours total, 2 more than the web site suggests, because we had to go through snow sometimes above our knees.



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I would love to bag some peaks!

How could I get into doing something like that?
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Okay, I don't have a big list but here's what I've done:

-Mt. Bonaparte (Okanogan Nat'l Forest), elev. 7258 (or is that 7528? don't remember) I was 13.
-Strawberry Mountain (also Okanogan Nat'l Forest) elev. 5855. I was 15.
-Mt. Constitution (Orcas Island, Moran State Park) elev. 2409. I was 15 or 16. 2409 doesn't sound like much but we climbed it from sea level - oy. Switchbacks from hell.
-Squaw Peak (somewhere in the Lolo or Kootenai Nat'l Forest in Montana outside of Missoula), elev. somewhere around 6k. I was 5 or 6 years old and according to my dad, did most of the damn thing by myself but eventually had to be put up on his shoulders, lol.

I didn't do much camping & hiking after age 15 because that's when I started riding and showing horses. But hot damn, Beth, we gotta start training to take on Rainier!!
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ben lomond looks pretty intense. what was it's elevation? and i'm guessing your dad is a summit professional if he's attemping everest. how long did he train for that? how impossible is it? has he ever completed that hike?


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I would love to bag some peaks!*

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wow, well that's easy. where do you live? there has got to be some type of area to climb around there. as for gear, make sure you have good comfortable shoes and plenty of water. (these are the hiking essentials) for hydration needs, try a CamelPak. i think everyone should have one. also, depending on where you are, do something easier that won't take more than a few hours so that you can get used to how much hiking uphill can really put a strain on your body in a very short time if you aren't used to it.


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damn, Beth, we gotta start training to take on Rainier!!*
you know it jeanie! we are all about it! once we figure out where we are moving in the northwest, we'll start planning. i'm so excited.
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ben lomond looks pretty intense.* what was it's elevation?* and i'm guessing your dad is a summit professional if he's attemping everest.* how long did he train for that?* how impossible is it?* has he ever completed that hike?
According to the link I posted:
Elevation Change: 3,116 ft / 950 m
Length: 5.6 miles / 9.0 km

And no, my Dad is far from a professional anything. He is doing the base camp in November, and did his first hike 4-5 weeks ago. Note that he isn't going to the top, just the base camp.


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I would love to bag some peaks!*

How could I get into doing something like that?
Ask the Department of Conservation (DOC) or whatever you have in your state if there are mountains to hike (or treks or walks in general if you prefer those).
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hmm its weird, i rock climb, but i have no interst in mountain climbing. is itjust me?

speaking of which anyone know any sport climbing in germany accesable by public transport?
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speaking of which anyone know any sport climbing in germany accesable by public transport?
The train system in Germany is pretty damn good. From Munich you can hit up many different towns in the Bavarian Alps. Also you can get a one-day pass called the Bayern Ticket for, I think, about 10 euros or so-- good for all-day train & bus travel throughout Bavaria and even to Salzburg.
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i think zylah was more inquiring about sport routes
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I did this one recently...

Mt. Monadnock

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my highest woudl be
Mt. Whitney in California - 14491 ft / 4416 m

psst. i live in alaska, and people look at you funny if you call Denali . Mt. Mckinley .. i flew over it today it is a monstosity covered in ice.. today would have been a great day to summit.. perfect weather in the morning...
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Yes Jake I was. We finally bought our first rope and I'm dying to try it outdoors, but having a lot of trouble finiding info. We may or may not go to frankenjunga as most of the bolts seem pretty far up and i freak out when i lead
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i live in alaska
Aaah, now I understand. We have a Tpunker whose screen name is peenkfloyd, and I had you confused with him...

That explains my confusion as to where you were coming from on some of your posts...!

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my highest woudl be
Mt. Whitney in California - 14491 ft / 4416 m

psst. i live in alaska, and people look at you funny if you call Denali . Mt. Mckinley .. i flew over it today it is a monstosity covered in ice.. today would have been a great day to summit.. perfect weather in the morning...
yea, i have yet to do a 14-er, but that will most likely change since we are moving to the northwest for a little while.

speaking of flying over mountains, jeanie, when we flew out of seattle, we flew right over the top of rainier. it was so beautiful. i only wish we had had a camera handy.
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we bagged another peak! while we were driving all our stuff from chicago to seattle last week, we pasted Panaorama point, the highest point in nebraska. it's right in the middle of a bison field and is flat as can be, but we are one more high point to conquering all fifty. we'll have pictures as well as a play by play up on our website in the next few days for anyone that is interested.

ALSO......we found this really entertaining book on the fifty high points in the U.S. for anyone who is interested in bagging peaks.

To The Top: Reaching for America's 50 State Summits
by Joe Glickman and Nels Akerlund
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i love the peaks, i have just climbed the two highest peaks in norway (the highest has a glacier on top, so its counted as the second highest peak), The highest peaks are Galdh¯ppigen (8100 ft/2469 m) and Glittertind (8084 ft/2464 m).
the latter is the ice capped mountain.

i have also recently started rock climbing, its the most amazing, liberating sport, try it, that is also a gift from norway.



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... Apart from the complete and utter change in landscape, we had left the immediate beauty and majesty of the Fjords, and replaced it with a distant, awe inspiring magnificence that can only be seen from the top of the world as mountain ranges, glaciers and* Fjords fall away from you. Forever.
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i love the peaks, i have just climbed the two highest peaks in norway (the highest has a glacier on top, so its counted as the second highest peak),* The highest peaks are Galdh¯ppigen (8100 ft/2469 m) and Glittertind (8084 ft/2464 m).
the latter is the ice capped mountain.

i have also recently started rock climbing, its the most amazing, liberating sport, try it, that is also a gift from norway.
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That sounds awesome dude! Yea really dig rock climbing, but haven't done it for awhile. soon...
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I used to live in Santa Fe, NM which is at about 7,500 ft I beleive. My family has always been into the backpacking/camping thing so it wasn't very hard to get into up at Santa Fe! Peeks : Mount Baldy(above 12,000 I think), Atalaya Peek(10,000), Tesuque Peek (about 16-17,000) and many others in New Mexico.

I also peeked a mountain in Teton Valley while doing a survival trip. (mustve been like 13,000)

The real trick is to acclimatize yourself to the altitudes, in my case living at 7,000 feet made climbing hights like the ones ive written about, no problem at all!

It also makes your lungs like air canisters when you go down in elevation.
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I used to live in Santa Fe, NM which is at about 7,500 ft I beleive. My family has always been into the backpacking/camping thing so it wasn't very hard to get into up at Santa Fe!* Peeks : Mount Baldy(above 12,000 I think), Atalaya Peek(10,000), Tesuque Peek (about 16-17,000) and many others in New Mexico.

I also peeked a mountain in Teton Valley while doing a survival trip. (mustve been like 13,000)

The real trick is to acclimatize yourself to the altitudes, in my case living at 7,000 feet made climbing hights like the ones ive written about, no problem at all!

It also makes your lungs like air canisters when you go down in elevation.
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Good Stuff!

When you mentioned that Tesuque Peak was about 16-17,000 ft, I knew that couldn't be right because the above mentioned Mt. Whitney in California at 14491 ft is the highest in the lower 48. Tesuque Peak is actually 12,047 feet.
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The real trick is to acclimatize yourself to the altitudes, in my case living at 7,000 feet made climbing hights like the ones ive written about, no problem at all!
yea, that really is the trick. i learned that the hard way when i was 14 trying to climb a close to 14-er in colorado, Mt. Audubon. we all got really sick (throwing up, head aches, loss of appetite...the whole sha-bang), but hey, we made it up the peak. anthon and i will definetly be relocating to a higher elevation before we climb really high peak later in our life.
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