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Climbs to conquer (U.S.)

Old 05-02-07, 11:45 AM
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Climbs to conquer (U.S.)

I'm ascending Mt. Evans in July - figured I should consider that a starting point to 'conquering' (conquering = making it to the summit...by no means flying up the ascents!) some of the more popular US climbs.

Thinking of a top 5 for the next couple years:

- Mt Evans
- Brasstown Bald
- Mt. Washington
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Those of the three I've just immediately thought of; any other suggestions?
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harlem hill. on your fixed gear.
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Originally Posted by brunop
harlem hill. on your fixed gear.

LOL. Check. One down, four to go.
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Whitney Portal Road, Tioga Pass
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Mt. Lemmon in AZ is supposed to be a hell of a climb. It passes through some 7 climate zones over 27 miles/7000' (locals please correct me).
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i'd like to do pike's peak. mostly because i like the area, not sure where it'd rate on the "epic" scale.
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Beartooth Pass - Red Lodge, MT.
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Mt Mitchell should be on the list, given its the highest point east of the Mississippi.

Also 2 climbs in the Everest Challenge would appear noteworthy: South Lake - 20.4 miles, ave grade 6%, max grade 17.5% Bristlecone Forest - 21 miles, ave grade 6%, max grade 15%, total gain 6,573'

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Mt. Diablo.
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While you're in Colorado you should do Trail Ridge Rd, among a few others. Lefthand Canyon in Boulder is well known...

check this: http://www.rmccrides.com/ClimbDB/main_page.html --it's just passes (not climbs like Lookout Mtn or Lefthand Canyon), but a pretty exhaustive list...
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This starts with climbs in AZ, but also has US wide climbs starting about 1/3rd of the way down:

http://www.hlhap.com/azroadclimbs.html

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Big Pine, CA to Schulman Grove (bring plenty of water).

Paradise, CA to Mosquito Flat via Rock Creek Road.

Aspen to Independence Pass.

Haleakela.

Sonora Pass Road, CA (either side). Much more dramatic than Tioga Pass Rd.
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A lot of NE climbs are profiled at www.northeastcycling.com including those shown below:



Mt Washington is clearly the killer. I'm doing the Wintergreen Hill Ascent in VA this weekend - 7 miles, 7.4% average grade. Maybe not epic, but enough to make me feel the pain.
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Originally Posted by Cypress
Beartooth Pass - Red Lodge, MT.
better (worse?) than going-to-the-sun?
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On my "local" list:

Mt. Tam - not very hard, but tons of fun and spectacular views.
Mt. Diablo - on deck.
Mt. Hamilton - maybe some weekend soon, I don't make it to the South Bay very often.
Onion Valley Road - looks awesome, summit at 9200ft, 5100ft in 12.8 miles, switchbacks galore.
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Originally Posted by SpongeDad
A lot of NE climbs are profiled at www.northeastcycling.com including those shown below:


Mt Washington is clearly the killer. I'm doing the Wintergreen Hill Ascent in VA this weekend - 7 miles, 7.4% average grade. Maybe not epic, but enough to make me feel the pain.
Kangamangas Pass ain't no picnic either.
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The Big Nasty, part of the La Sal Loop in Moab UT -- http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/s.../lasalloop.php

the "Nasty" is 3000+ feet in 7 miles, er something. Some really steep sections, and the scenery is incredible
http://www.skinnytirefestival.com/ce...uryTourMap.pdf
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If you want to cycle to the highest peak, in California it is White Mountain Peak (14,246'). It requires a mountain bike.

http://www.muellerworld.com/mtn/wmp.html

In Colorado, aren't there 14,000 ft peaks you can cycle up on a road bike?

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Originally Posted by 3MTA3
better (worse?) than going-to-the-sun?
I've done both Beartooth Pass (two or three years ago, started in Red Lodge) and GTTS (about ten years ago now, starting in West Glacier). It would be hard to say which road is more scenic -- they are both jaw-droppingly ride-right-off-the-road beautiful. Beartooth is signifigantly higher, topping out at just under 11,000 feet. GTTS gets to only about 7,000 feet. With my East Coast lungs -- I was dying on the last couple miles of Beartooth. I remember GTTS being a much steadier grade -- six, seven percent forever. Beartooth has some signifigant grade changes, and even has a little downhill stretch before you reach the real summit.

Both were really really cold -- mid 30s and breezy up top, and I did both in the late July timeframe.
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There's always the classic LAMB ride in Vermont (Lincoln, Appalachian, Middlebury and Brandon gaps). It's something like 110 miles and 12,000 feet of climbing.
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Who's done Mt Hood? I live in Portland but I don't know how good the roads are or how far up in climbs on the actual mountain.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
Big Pine, CA to Schulman Grove (bring plenty of water).

Paradise, CA to Mosquito Flat via Rock Creek Road.

Aspen to Independence Pass.

Haleakela.

Sonora Pass Road, CA (either side). Much more dramatic than Tioga Pass Rd.

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Originally Posted by Ritterview
If you want to cycle to the highest peak, in California it is White Mountain Peak (14,246'). It requires a mountain bike.
Been there, done that, never going to do it again. I gave away my mountain bike after the ride.

My buddy said it would be fun, a real "hard man" ride. We started in Big Pine at 4,000 feet, climbed the asphalt to Schulman Grove (where we had stashed water the night before), continued along the crappiest washboard dirt road on the planet (stupid motorists), then made our final assault on the summit.

Being distracted with the conditions of the road, I had forgotten to eat, and 6 hours into the ride and about 800 feet from the summit I bonked. By the time I recovered, it was getting late, so we headed back down. Washboard is much worse on the way down, I wanted to kiss the asphalt when we finally got back to it. I had blisters on the bottoms of my feet, swollen wrists and ankles, and a sore back. Totals: 83 miles, ~13,500', 9+ hours. Not recommended.


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In Colorado, aren't there 14,000 ft peaks you can cycle up on a road bike?
There's one, Mt. Evans. A much nicer experience than White Mountain, without a doubt.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
There's one, Mt. Evans. A much nicer experience than White Mountain, without a doubt.
There is a Mt. Evans hillclimb. That sounds like fun.




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