have you had a 10,000 foot day?


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Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
Feb 8, 2013 - 02:57pm PT
There are certainly plenty of places to do it on a road or mt bike in the Wasatch. I think the biggest I've done was about 12000 on a single ride.

Several suffering souls have done 7 canyons on road bikes in a day, which equates to roughly 140 miles and 16500 ft of climbing with no repetition.

Trad climber
Kalispell, Montana
Feb 8, 2013 - 03:33pm PT
Yes, several on backcountry skis. Twice at Roger's Pass, B.C and a couple in the Middle Fork Flathead, which aint no easy task, contending with alder and tree wells down low. At these locations 4 good runs were required to get above 10K.

Let's not forget though, Greg Hill, the Canadian who managed a huge 27,000 at Roger's Pass in a day and also climbed two million vertical feet in 2011.


Sonoma County
Feb 8, 2013 - 04:11pm PT
yeah, greg probably gets that every day he goes out. :)


Trad climber
Feb 8, 2013 - 04:36pm PT
most of my 10,000 foot days have been horizontal...

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Feb 8, 2013 - 04:42pm PT
Yes, many with skiing. Most skiing days I aim for 10 or above. I wear a little atimeter. However with the Epic Pass I have now it automatically calculates for you. That is all resort skiing. Back country, not so much. Running and hiking, only a few times in one day.


Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Feb 8, 2013 - 07:14pm PT
first thought was no, but 7500 -> 10,000 times four would do it

so probably yes


Trad climber
Feb 8, 2013 - 07:24pm PT
I've done it at least twice on foot that I know of, and both around 15 hours. Possibly a few other times, but two that I know of for sure. 10,000 gain is a lot, and you definitely feel it after.

Trad climber
Living Outside the Statist Quo
Feb 8, 2013 - 07:27pm PT
Biked....mtn and road by the ocean up the road to the summit of Haleakala 10k+ but its the ride down that's fun. Done that too many times to count.


Trad climber
Feb 8, 2013 - 08:37pm PT
I've never done a full 10k climbing. The most I have done is 7.5k in the flattys. It was like 10 features or something like that. I've been meaning to go back up there sans partners and do it by myself but I have been too busy lately. The flatirons are the best for getting tons of climbing because you can climb so fast and if you know where you are going you can do really good link ups. I think it is possible to do 10k climbing easy in a day.

The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Feb 8, 2013 - 09:02pm PT
Only on foot, running and hiking. The running occasions were during 50-mile races so those were some long steep hills!
There are some excellent long hikes to be done in the White Mtns of New Hampshire with plenty of elevation gain.
I have yet to ski (skin up) that amount though, that would be quite exhausting!

Social climber
Feb 8, 2013 - 09:29pm PT
Did about 11k of gain/11k of loss in 16 hours doing grand canyon Rim to rim to rim... as far as fastest did San Jacinto 4:30 C2C, 2:30 up which is what, 2k gain an hour?


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.

this to me is way more impressive. Good job Jennie!

Trad climber
Mt. Rubidoux
Feb 9, 2013 - 07:23am PT
poc........I did that trail in 5 hours 13 minutes, car to car.
steve shea

Feb 9, 2013 - 07:29am PT
From the Rond Pointe Cafe to the summit of Mt Blanc about 13,000' hike up, from Dornan's to the summit of the Grand about 7,000' up, from the summit of Rendezvous Mt. to the parking lot 4,139'. You can rack up 20,000' easily in two hours at JHMR, 40,000' a day, cake. Kahiltna Base to the Iglooplex lots of vert.
Eric Beck

Sport climber
Bishop, California
Feb 9, 2013 - 09:04am PT
Descended 10,000 in a day on Kilimanjaro in 2001. My previous one day descent pr was on Williamson.

Trad climber
Feb 9, 2013 - 09:42am 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.

Have done this also, but thought it was just barely 10K. Max ski touring is about 7500'. I don't think riding lifts counts in this category, you have to shoot for 100K in descent to be doing something.
steve shea

Feb 9, 2013 - 02:41pm PT
I think sub 5 min laps at JHMR staying on the same box all day is doing something IMHO. But you do use the tram. More difficult for me than any altitude gain was a 30mi nonstop speedhike from Cho Oyu bc to Tingri in Tibet. All between 15,000' and 16,000' just to catch a truck ride to the Nepali border.
handsome B

Gym climber
Mar 11, 2013 - 08:07am PT
Few have had a 40,000 foot vertical day.


Social climber
Truckee, CA
Mar 11, 2013 - 08:46am PT
Buea to the summit of Mt Cameroon is over 10K of gain (~10.4?), straight up. That was a fun day. I did that before the '99-'00 eruptions. Not sure how much of the top blew off.

I've probably had some ski tours that came close to 10K of up. Up and down? Tons of times.

Some folks are putting up some big numbers here:http://www.tahoevertical.com/

Grey Matter
Mar 11, 2013 - 12:00pm PT
You are allowed to hike Snow Creek. You have to go east around the DWA parcel (section 33) at the start, which adds perhaps 3 hours. The DWA tries to catch anyone going thru their section up the ithsmuth between Snow Creek and Falls Creek. As with any other hike up San Jacinto, you need a permit from the state park or USFS.

You can start out near the highway or closer to the village of Snow Creek on BLM land. If you start near the village, you can hike up the paved gated road to about 1650', near the PCT turnoff, and then head east across the wash. It would be nice to have a big post at the NE corner of section 33 so you know when you have skirted that.

The start from near the highway is shown here: http://socalhikes.com/2010/08/snow-creek-to-san-jacinto/

lots of posts at this site in 2010-12.

Another big potential access problem is the Cactus to Clouds trail up San Jacinto.
More vertical than Snow Creek since you start in Palm Springs. The BLM is planning to give land away to the rich Agua Caliente tribe. http://www.mtsanjacinto.info/viewtopic.php?t=3459&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 19, 2013 - 08:12pm PT
Got in another one today rode Crow Peak 7 times for 10,500ft to raise about $500 bucks for the Vets Club at the college I work at.
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