have you had a 10,000 foot day?


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Jun 20, 2012 - 12:31am PT
i think the up and down from babo from where jefe and i started was 7K in one day. it had to be close - he chapped his ball sack pretty bad.
John M

Jun 20, 2012 - 12:33am PT
10,000 feet GAIN ? that is a lot of gain. I would like to hear what people did. Not just that they did it.

10,000 feet of elevation gain and loss is easy.

Just gain.

Not so much.

A long way from where I started
Jun 20, 2012 - 12:51am PT
No 10K days, but like everyone else who's climbed in BC's Coast Range, my 4,000 foot days are easily equivalent to your 10,000 foot days.

So there.
Captain...or Skully

Jun 20, 2012 - 12:51am PT
2 miles up in a day. More or less. Well, just less, but not by a lot.
That's 1 helluva day, I think.

Trad climber
Can't get here from there
Jun 20, 2012 - 12:53am PT
Didn't Will Gadd do 25,000 vertical feet doing laps in a day for charity at Ouray Ice Festival one year.

Or are you only counting what humans have done?

Jun 20, 2012 - 12:53am PT
Diamond car to car a few times. Not that big a deal in my early 20's.

Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Jun 20, 2012 - 01:29am PT
Snow Creek --North Face of Mt San Jacinto, SoCal.

Yeah, it's a good hard hike. I did it in 1991. Took me from 1:00 AM to 9:00 PM in a push. I had totally inadequate gear which made it an epic.

If the land managers would wake up, this route would be more popular than Mt Whitney. More people should be allowed to do this.

.....in a single wide......
Jun 20, 2012 - 02:07am PT
The old White Mtn Peak ride from Laws to the summit and back.

Starts at 4K- tops out at 14K and does some roller coaster to and fro.

I think that was a true life 14,000' day.

Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Jun 20, 2012 - 02:21am PT
"More people should be allowed to do this."

If people want to do something badly enough, they'll do it. The reason there isn't a conga line on Snow Creek is primarily because it's 9500'+ of work, and most of So Cal would rather ride the lifts at Mtn High and go snowboarding.

I'm good with that. Snow Creek is a special place that is best appreciated by those who are willing to do the work.

Trad climber
Elk Creek, Idaho
Jun 20, 2012 - 04:23am PT
One day Mt Rainier ascents from White River… like Liberty Ridge, Willis Wall, Winthrop or Emmons Glacier routes… comprise a 11,400 feet altitude gain.

The climb/hike routes from Paradise are about 9,000, Mowich Lake 9,400 and West Road 11,500.

the swamp
Jun 20, 2012 - 06:14am PT
Ascent el. is the only value worth considering.
Maybe a half dozen?
My biggest day was the first 24 hours of AC100 with 20K feet of gain. The last 10 miles are flat but I was wasted by then. Sub-24 on that bitch is a skeleton that will remain in my closet. Ken Hamada is a f*k!ng animal for putting this race on!
Pikes Peak marathon is ~8K of gain, fell asleep and rolled a car after that one. Whitney is mild in comparison at 6k ft from Portal to Summit. If you yo-yo Whitney, Keeler & Russel, that should get you into the 10k zone. East Butt/East Face yoyo will barely be 7500'

Sierra Ledge Rat

Social climber
Retired in Appalachia
Jun 20, 2012 - 08:26am PT
Mt. Rainier
Happy Henry's Hunting Ground > Success Cleaver > Summit > Disappointment Cleaver > Paradise

Mountain climber
Range of Light
Jun 20, 2012 - 08:51am PT
I think doing Williamson from the Onion TH is pretty darn close. Especially with the huge descent halfway up the ascent hike.
Bad Climber

Jun 20, 2012 - 09:16am PT
Hmmm....I've come close--sort of--a couple of times.

My best:

1) Shasta in a day from road's end.

2) Inyo Peak from Manzanar Reward Rd. base, across from the old relocation camp. That one was about 8,700 ft. of gain, as I recall. We did it in Jan. one year, starting with and ending with headlamps--ouch!

3) Did Whitney reg. east face in a day, like many others, although we missed the correct approach trail and took the FIRST ravine and so ended up having to drop back to the proper approach trail, so that added at least a few hundred feet to the day's total. Finished that minor epic well after dark, too. Leading the climb in hiking boots and a 9 mm rope left an impression on me....


Ice climber
hartford, ct
Jun 20, 2012 - 10:28am PT
About 9k with heavy gear.

Rainier.... Tahoma Glacier.

Full Packs from West Side road to a tick under 10k in a single 10 hour push. We were actually pissing cloudy red. Liquified quad muscles I figured.


Boulder, CO
Jun 20, 2012 - 10:54am PT
By the way, I like the questions that mike m is always posing.

I've never done 10,000 gain in one day, although close. I think the biggest I've done is the north ridge of Mt. Tom, which was 8 or 9 thousand.

Now being in Boulder, I'm taking advantage of proximity to bike to the trailhead. This year I did Mt. Audubon by first biking about 5000 feet up to Brainard Lake. Last weekend I did South Arapahoe, but I cheated by using the bus.

That Ulta-Trail Monte Blanc that ThomasKeefer mention sounds crazy.
Tony Puppo

Jun 20, 2012 - 11:01am PT
Road bike from Bishop to end of pavement, which BITD was Parchers Camp. Then hike up Agassiz. Not quite 10,000'. Biked White mountain, that was over 10 k.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Social climber
Retired in Appalachia
Jun 20, 2012 - 11:04am PT
Also did a trail-ultra back in the 1990s, all over 10,000 feet, with a total of 12,000 feet elevation gain and loss.
handsome B

Gym climber
Jun 20, 2012 - 11:06am PT
12,500 or so for me. http://pocatello50.com/
58,000 is what the monsters do in a push. http://door5.com/2012/04/13/barkley-100-2012/

Jun 20, 2012 - 11:57am PT
58.. thousand? that's more feet than a chiropodist.
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