Biggest big wall?


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Cumberland Plateau
Apr 13, 2013 - 04:23pm PT
"you know, I think I did a few years ago, when the claim of "nearly vertical 1250 meters" appeared, but it was re-edited by some Wikipedia "expert"."

Deuce4, I tried to correct the 1250 m claim also but wiki was quickly re-edited. I imagine certain folk access that page frequently to check on things.

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Apr 13, 2013 - 05:18pm PT
The biggest big wall is the one having the most meters.

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Apr 13, 2013 - 05:22pm PT
what would West Face of Torre Egger be? 4,000 ft? less? more?

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Apr 13, 2013 - 07:21pm PT
Just wait till the Ruth Glacier melts out! Guess I was born a few centuries early.
3Km Bigwalls coming soon to a warmer planet near you!
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Apr 13, 2013 - 07:57pm PT
Vitality beat me to it.

North Face of Devil's Thimb (unclimbed). 6000ft.

I worked the summer of 1977 on boats out of Petersburg and Kake. Saw Devil's Thumb several times. I do not know if the North Face is the largest/longest, but is it climbable? Didn't Charlie Porter try?
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Apr 13, 2013 - 08:32pm PT
Locker, the biggest wall we all of have to scale, is the last one.

Now my wall is...

...some people have advised me to put Jennie into care and get the hell out of Dodge.

My former editor advised such and said he'd pay for the one-way ticket back to California.

I cannot do it. It's a wall that I have yet to scale, her care. I am still climbing towards giving her a quality of life. I just cannot bail. Not on her.

But... just imagine, the North Face of Devil's Thumb. Fred Beckey would be proud of me.

North Face of the Eiger, the Norwand? A good training ground for the Devil's Thumb. Okay, altitude, is not much of a problem, but 6,000 feet of rock and ice? And the unpredictable weather of Southeast Alaska?

I could bail on that if things went wrong.

But I will not bail on Jennie.
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Apr 15, 2013 - 05:44pm PT
So true and touché.

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the Wastelands
Apr 15, 2013 - 05:49pm PT
Devils Thumb:

First ascent 1946 by Fred Beckey, Clifford Schmidtke, Bob Craig

The Northwest Face has seen many failed attempts; at least three teams have died on this face. In 1977, author Jon Krakauer successfully climbed the East Ridge of the Devils Thumb, a feat described in detail in his book Into the Wild.


Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Apr 15, 2013 - 08:07pm PT
glad to see this post on the front page again!

Trad climber
Nevada City
Apr 16, 2013 - 01:24am PT
^^ by into the wild he means Eiger Dreams, but yeah.
Teddy TT

Mountain climber
Jul 13, 2014 - 02:39am PT
I think G Trang's Azeen ridge or DoDo Kopoid's ridge are the longest and biggest rock routes in vertical gain in the world.

Big Wall climber
Nice, France
Jan 3, 2018 - 08:29am PT
Biggest in Africa - Mnt Mulanje 1500m (1200m climbing)
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Jan 3, 2018 - 09:49am PT
Here's my contender. When in the Karakoram in '75, we spent a lot of time gazing at Masherbrum. While bivouacking at 17,000 feet on Lobsang Peak, Dennis Hennek mentioned that the 10,000 foot NE face was still unclimbed.

Here's David Lama's comment from a recent attempt:

It's one of the hardest unclimbed routes left in the world – sort of like climbing the Eiger, with a Cerro Torre on top. It's at high altitude, starting a 4,800m and finishing at 7,821m. To compare this climb to Cerro Torre, it's twice as big, and it's twice as high - it's much more complex, you're on the wall much longer, the descent is much more difficult, and since no one has tried it, there's no way to learn from someone else mistakes. Oh, and it's also more remote – base camp is four or five days from the next village.

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Jan 3, 2018 - 10:46am PT lists no NE face routes.

NE face attempt in 2006

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