Most Fifty Finest Peaks in one day?
- Now that we have 50 Finest lists (or I should 50 most topographically
prominent lists) for so many US states, and for many countries, I was
wondering if anyone has thought about this question: Which list has
the most that one could do it one day? Allowing driveups, cog
railways, bicycles, but no helicopters :-)
Also you can make a distinction between 24-hour days and dawn-to-dusk
days (excepting Norway, of course :-) Personally I find climbing
mountains in the middle of the night to be anticlimactic.
I think something similar has been discussed regarding P2Ks, however
for many US states the mountains at the bottom of the list are not P2Ks.
Looking at states that I'm familiar with, for VA I think you could do
5 in one dawn-to-dusk day. You might be able to do Sharp Top, Flat
Top, Apple Orchard Mtn, Rocky Mtn, and High Peak (Amherst) in 1 day.
High Peak is a driveup, and Rocky Mtn is a driveup with high clearance.
In WV you could probably do even more. I'm guessing you could do
Briery Knob, Big Spruce Knob (not the state HP), Black Mtn, Red Spruce
Knob, Gay Knob, and BM Thorny in 1 day. Most of these are driveups or
near driveups. Most of these have barely 1000ft of prom.
I suspect Eastern states would do better on such a list than Western
states, but I have no data to back that up.
Any other states that lend themselves to one-day assaults?
>I suspect Eastern states would do better on such a list than WesternEastern states are generally smaller so 50 Finest will be closer together
>states, but I have no data to back that up.
because of political boundaries whereas P2k are close only due to
geology. Hence you should be able to get more FF in a day in the E
because of shorter drives.
When I was finishing off VT I would generally get 2 per day, but that
includes driving over in daylight, scouting time, etc. The FF have over
1000' prominence but there is often not a road over the key saddle or it
may be some distance away so you may climb more than that. I suspect a
fast hiker who scouted routes in advance could average one every 2 hours,
or 7 on June 21 during daylight or 12 in a whole day. NH should be
- wererichertoo wrote
>Now there's a thought !
> Now that we have 50 Finest lists (or I should 50 most topographically
> prominent lists) for so many US states, and for many countries, I was
> wondering if anyone has thought about this question: Which list has
> the most that one could do it one day? Allowing driveups, cog
> railways, bicycles, but no helicopters :-)
Come to think of it, I bet you could do most of the Isle of Man Fifty Finest
list in 24h (small British island; they have their own government - and
summit railway). I notice I did 25 of the Manx FF on 1 March 2002 during
the Bob Baxter
Traverse which is a 50ish mile route with 11,400 ft of ascent, visiting all
the island's 1000ft summits. I have the distinction of the second-slowest
recorded time for the Baxter - 13h 02mins - so there's scope for adding
a few more
Rob Woodall, UK