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    Default Highest Elevation hiked too?

    All,

    Just wanted to see what kind of elevations Whiteblaze users have hiked too.

    Post back where you were and how high up you hiked.

    It's always nice to see what others have done besides the AT.

    For me, I hike up to about 17,500 ft in Bolivia's Cordillera Rill darn near to the top of Mt. Chacaltaya.

    If you'd like to see images of my excursion to Chacaltaya view my gallery:
    https://whiteblaze.net/gallery/sh...00&ppuser=3614

    It was one heck of an experience. Prior to that hike my highest "hikes" were in the 9k range, out in the Tetons, in Rocky Mountain NP, and to the top of Mt. Baden Powell in the Angeles NF out in CA.

    I went to Bolivia in there winter and surprise it snowed the night before our trip to the Glacier. My primary reason for the trip was to do some southern hemisphere astronomy which was excellent, but I managed to do a lot of tourism and hiking on the trip. A bus was to drop us off at a staging area for the hike up Chacaltaya. It didn't make it even half way up. The road was wild as thin as it could get and a huge dropoff over the edge. The bus was sliding all around and people actually opened up the emergency windows preparing to get out. So the bus finally stopped and said no further, we'd have to hike. It was a 3 hr or so hike to where we ended our excursion at about 17,500ft. Right below a Cosmic Ray Research Station.

    All and all a great experience. Air sure was thin tho, definitely double dosing on breathing, though I didn't have any trouble. A few turned back. If you're looking for more info on Chacaltaya check out my photo gallery and read the descriptions.

    Anyways, I look forward to hearing about your peak elevation.
    Regards,
    Ted A. Nichols II
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    Storm Pass, Colorado, 12,460 feet. Trailhead started at 8,000 or so feet. Wind was pretty brisk up there for a clear fall day. I can only imagine what it's like there when a storm comes in. Great views.

    That isn't high by western standards, but it's twice as high as the highest point on the AT. But then, you're already that high when you step off the plane in Colorado Springs. After that, Gunnison is 7,700 feet and the trailhead around 8000, and you hike up from there.

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    14,496 feet on Whitney. I started at Happy Isle in Yosemite at 4000 feet so I had plenty of time to acclimate.

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    spent the night beneath the stars on santa fe baldy in new mexico. elevation 12,622 feet. it was pretty incredible. you can read about it here.
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    Somewhere around 17,500 on Popocatepetl Volcano, outside Mexico City.

    Sapped me badly because I had a case of disentery at the time. It was snowing lightly in late August at the top. 5 years later the volcano incinerated several climbers in an eruption...

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    Default Long's Peak for me ...

    My highest climb to date is Long's Peak in Colorado at 14,256'

    Since moving to Wyoming we consistently hike above 10,000' and one of our favorite climbs to date was Medicine Bow Peak at 12,100'

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    I remember being pretty scared on Longs Peak. After the long scramble up the gully you cross a little saddle with some good exposure below. Then you can see this ledge you need to traverse. To make matters worse, people are going in both directions on the ledge. Man as soon as I saw that I knew I had to push on or I was going to chicken out. Huge summit! 20,320 is my highest.
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    Default High point

    19,000 ft...above advance base-camp of Mt. Shishipangma, Tibet.

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    Mt Whitney 14,495 Mt Shasta 14,162 (much harder climb)

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    my highest is around 12000 ft in the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in New Mexico
    Don't remember the name of the mountain though

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    Default Baldy

    Quote Originally Posted by Tonce
    my highest is around 12000 ft in the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in New Mexico
    Don't remember the name of the mountain though

    I believe the scouts call it Mt Baldy.
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    50,000 feet, Mt. Horsehocky, on Uranus. My mountain's bigger than your mountain, what is this the second grade?

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    Sound like you got some rocks loose there Green Jay. Call your doctor and check back in tomorrow.

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    Default peaks n' elevaton

    my wife ("D-bird") & i hiked in the Tetons a few years ago & got to Rendezvous Peak @ 10,450ft elevation & then we walked along the Continental Divide Trail for a couple miles on a dayhike on the same trip @ over 12,000 ft elevation a couple times.


    i prefer the good ole 5,000-6,000ft elevations of the A.T.! hehehehehe
    see ya'll UP the trail!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocalousas
    Sound like you got some rocks loose there Green Jay. Call your doctor and check back in tomorrow.
    YES, attacked by some one without delusions of grandeur. Thank you

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    I may have to stick to eastern elevations when backpacking. Whenever I go skiing out west I tend to get tired and dizzy very quickly, even after four days at elevation (8000+ feet). However, once I complete the AT (only 9 years to go!) I want to do the John Muir Trail, which finishes atop 14,000-foot Mt. Whitney. We'll see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Jay
    50,000 feet, Mt. Horsehocky, on Uranus. My mountain's bigger than your mountain, what is this the second grade?
    Ha! I've climbed Olympus Mons on Mars at 78,000ft. It's the tallest mountain in the solar system. Beat that. Loser.

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    Default Currently climbing Jacob's Ladder...

    ...I'll let ya know when I get to the top.

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    Arrow Fujiyama

    12,777 ft, summitted for the sunrise, Mt Fuji Japan.

    Was stationed on the USS Midway, home ported in Yokosuka Japan in the late 70's and made the trek twice up Fuji's volcanic slopes. Hike starts at about 5 grand. Still have the famous Mt Fuji hiking stick as a reminder, and some photos.

    Have actually been a little higher in the Uinta Range in Utah but we dirt biked most of the way up.
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    Jerimoth Hill, highest point in Rhode Island. 812 feet. Did it without oxygen or Leki poles!
    Last edited by attroll; 12-23-2004 at 23:13.

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