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

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bhilden

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Dec 22, 2012 - 01:33pm PT
I believe the title of the book is "50 Classic Climbs of North America". Obviously, the term 'classic' means different things to different people, but 'classic' doesn't mean 'deadly' or 'extreme' in most people's minds.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Dec 22, 2012 - 01:38pm PT
I never said that it did, I understand the meaning of classic. The Humming Bird Ridge is extremely deadly.....should it have been in the book? Oh, i forgot, one of the authors did the first ascent.

edit: I also have never understood the list approach to climbing: all of the Fourteeners in Co., the Seven Summits, the 14, 8000 meter peaks etc. I just pointed out another more difficult list for those so inclined.
JLP

Social climber
The internet
Dec 22, 2012 - 02:01pm PT
Looks like a banner year for Vitality.

I would like to see anyone but the Smileys be first to get all 50. Nancy seems like the real deal.
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
California

Half Dome--Jerry Coe.
Salathe Wall--Doug Ross.
Fairview Dome--the Rev.
EBMCR--many
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
durrance
Pingora
wolf's head
shiprock
castleton
titan
royal arches
lost arrow
half dome NW face
fairview
east butt of middle
grand teton
charlotte dome

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

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

climber
Ben Lomond, CA
Aug 7, 2014 - 01:28pm PT
Royal Arches
Ummm...
JerryA

Mountain climber
Sacramento,CA
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 .
epicclimb

Ice climber
Looking California, Feeling Minnesota
Aug 7, 2014 - 02:40pm PT
kewl story about fischer and steck! ive done a half dozen of these and the routes are okay but clerly not THAT good - not sure why people are so obsessed with lists ;-)

go have fun climb some good rock some good ice some good mixed whatever and jsut maximize fun. what happens wehn u complete a list?
scrubbing bubbles

Social climber
Uranus
Aug 7, 2014 - 02:44pm PT
Fischer is a hero for having that attitude !!


my weak list;

half dome RR

Fairview RR

EB, Middle Cathedral



GT=FAIL
Reilly

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

climber
लघिमा
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.
steelmnkey

climber
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'...
CCT

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
Lover’s Leap, Traveler Buttress II 5.9
goatboy smellz

climber
लघिमा
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.
crankster

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

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