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I have wondered that myself. More accurately, I have wondered why there is a clear preference, judging by trip logs and photos sets, for Colorado, above all other western states. Maybe Utah is a close second? I know I am guilty of going to CO, but given the chance and the resources, I'll take the Sierra almost any day over the Rockies, even the Tetons, or unexplored places like the Winds, and Idaho/ Montana Mountains. The scenery, climate, and convenience can't be beat, and out side of a few spots, there really aren't that many people. Whitney is probably the one real exception in the high Sierra, but it still isn't that bad, or isn't on the MR as opposed to the trail. If nothing else, California's summer climate is better, and you have almost no storm threat come August, hardly any insects, and if you get sick of high cold conditions, go to the Owen's Valley and it is warm and low.John9L wrote:I'm surprised more folks from HAZ don't venture out to the Sierras during the summer. It's the perfect escape from the heat and the scenery is spectacular!
Hahahahahahahah! Climb?! No, Liz, you walked it/ hiked it. You never even approached "climbing it". Even the Mountaineer's route is just a technical hike with some steep exposed part, and the real danger or climb comes in winter if you are dumb enough to attempt it without crampons and an ice axe. Still, not what I think of as a real climb. Right after my February 2011 summit a tourist slid off the final 400 and died.azbackpackr wrote: I'll never climb Whitney again. It was a walk-up on a well-beaten trail, and really kind of crowded. Been there, done that, got the patch. The view was great, though!
I did a not quite as pathetic 191 miles in 2011, but a miserable, no excuses, lazy shit 90 miles in 2012. I would like to do at least 300 miles next year!te-wa wrote:did a pathetic 144 miles last year