Has anyone climbed all 50 classics? How many for you?


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Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Dec 22, 2012 - 02:32pm PT
Was a good year. Only 2 FAs though :(

Where can I find out about progress of this Nancy person?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 22, 2012 - 02:37pm PT

Half Dome--Jerry Coe.
Salathe Wall--Doug Ross.
Fairview Dome--the Rev.
Royal Arches/North Dome (a better "classic" by far than just RA)--many
Snake Dike should be on list--Jim shirley

and the E Ridge of Bugaboo--the Rev.

Any list of classics should get updated. Several of the fifty are wrecked by changes in their routes, etc., so substitutes are in order. The list should evolve as routes "die off."

Gene, that's one hell of a list. What's on it besides them, I'll probably find out. Again, are you up for The Balls this year? Madera County.
Stevee B

Trad climber
Oakland, CA
Aug 7, 2014 - 11:58am PT
Harrowing account of an attempt by the Smiley's, Jed Porter, and Reiner Thony.
Hummingbird Ridge.
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 7, 2014 - 12:34pm PT
A few of us around the campfire a number of years ago at the City of Rocks, chatting about the "classics". One of the folks, Inez (from the wreck.climbing daze...ha ha) commented she'd just climbed Devil's Tower. I mentioned that I'd heard the Weissner was more classic than the Durrance, and, who'd ever pick the Durrance as the classic? Allen laughed and said, "yeah, who was that guy?"

Fun stuff.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Aug 7, 2014 - 12:52pm PT
I'm up to 14 now that I did Charlottes dome last summer.

Travelers butt
wolf's head
royal arches
lost arrow
half dome NW face
east butt of middle
grand teton
charlotte dome

that's probably it for me......14 out of 50;....a good effort..

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Aug 7, 2014 - 01:15pm PT
Lotus Flower
Liberty Bell
Grand Teton
Royal Arches
East Buttress
looks easy from here

Ben Lomond, CA
Aug 7, 2014 - 01:28pm PT
Royal Arches

Mountain climber
Aug 7, 2014 - 02:35pm PT
John Fischer ,who is shown climbing the Southeast Face of Clyde Minaret on page 290 of Fifty Classic Climbs of North America ,told me that he asked the authors not to include any Palisades climbs in their book . I climbed the Swiss Arette on MT. Sill with Allen & his daughter ,Sarah , at PSOM in 1978 while he was working on the book .

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 7, 2014 - 02:45pm PT
not sure why people are so obsessed with lists

Are we gonna start bashing the OCD now, are we?
Sheesh, lists are like kids - if you don't like 'em don't have 'em!
Except for lunch, like W.C. Fields.
goatboy smellz

Aug 7, 2014 - 03:47pm PT
Lists are kind of fun when they fall into categories like 50 classic accents or ski descents or all the 4 star routes of an area. List making in of itself is more OCD and seems okay if it's for your own amusement.

Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Aug 7, 2014 - 04:11pm PT
Lists not always about OCD in my experience.

Not being a young hard charger anymore and accomplishment apathy creeping in on us, what we've sort of found (even if we don't really pursue it much) is that if we have a hit list of stuff to do, we tend to get to it and not jack around wondering what to do and thinking maybe that lawn chair and cold brew is closer than it could be if we actually hoofed off and climbed something.

Jus' sayin'...

Trad climber
Aug 7, 2014 - 04:40pm PT
Only 6 so far. Hmmm, I'll have to add to that. Only Charlotte Dome and Clyde really stood out for me. Some of the grades have changed too - Charlotte Dome is now 5.8, and East Face of Whitney is 5.7. And if Clyde is Grade IV, then East Buttress felt like Grade III to me.

The Royal Arches III 5.6 A1 or 5.9
Middle Cathedral Rock, East Buttress IV 5.9 A1 or 5.10
Fairview Dome, North Face III-IV 5.9
Clyde Minaret, Southeast Face IV 5.8
Charlotte Dome, South Face III 5.7
Loverís Leap, Traveler Buttress II 5.9
goatboy smellz

Aug 7, 2014 - 04:43pm PT
Oh yeah, making lists of goals, dreams and things to do is inspiring.
Coming home and ticking it off on MP or facefvck is another demon.

Trad climber
Aug 7, 2014 - 05:28pm PT

Gym climber
Wild Omar, CA
Aug 7, 2014 - 05:36pm PT
A measly 3: Nose, EBMC, RA
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Aug 7, 2014 - 05:43pm PT
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Aug 7, 2014 - 07:07pm PT
I'm not worthy, only 2:
Mount Whitney, East Face III 5.4
Lover's Leap, Traveler Buttress II 5.9

Social climber
So Cal
Aug 7, 2014 - 07:12pm PT
9. The Royal Arches, Royal Arches Route III 5.6 A1 or 5.9
40.Lost Arrow Spire, Spire Chimney III 5.5 A3 or 5.10 A2
42.Middle Cathedral Rock, East Buttress IV 5.9 A1 or 5.10
46.Mount Whitney, East Face III 5.4

Only 4 with only three more that are likely possibilities

I have done 14 of 15 of the 14'ers though.

one left.

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Aug 7, 2014 - 07:29pm PT
Sorry TGT...14 out of 15 14ers doesn't count...typical republican maneuver..

Trad climber
Aug 7, 2014 - 07:32pm PT
I'm guessing martini has Starlight Peak to go.
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