Looking to go on a fantastic mountain climbing adventure before the temps drop this fall? If yes, you’re not alone. Mountaineering is obviously an intimidating sport to get into especially when you consider all that gear and the dizzying heights — the good thing is, most incredible peaks are climbable, but not for wimps.
Moreover, you can successfully bag a mountain as long as you’ve got the right technical gear, a mountaineering guide and of course, a nice weather. It’s also in your best interest to get in shape, and we’re not just talking about your three-times a week jog — that won’t cut it. You need to be fully ready for the big adventure.
So are you ready to sample the rarified air up high? If yes, we have rounded up to five United States Mountains that you would want to try.
Now that you’re set to check out some of these beauties off your list, we recommend you do your homework and get your gear ready. Speaking of gears, things can be a whole lot easier once you have your RuckJack handy. As a rock climbing enthusiast, the RuckJack can be a lifesaver since it can be used as a backpack and lightweight outdoor jacket — you only have to make a switch whenever you need to!
Alright, let’s get started!
1- Mount Washington, New Hemisphere
For starters, Mount Washington is just 6,288 high, making it a climbable as a long day hike. It’s however important to note that this mountain boasts some of the worst weather in the country. Moreover, the highest wind gust of up to 231 mph blast actually occurred on the summit of Mount Washington — it’s actually the highest ever recorded on Earth’s surface.
You’ll also be glad to know that Mount Washington can be a stopover on a hut-to-hut traverse of the White Mountains Presidential Range. What could compare to the smug sense of satisfaction you feel when you go all the way up the hard way? So be sure to get your RuckJack ready and give it a try — you’re sure to have a blast.
2- Mount Shasta, California
Next up is the auspicious and ominous landmark, Mount Shasta. It has long been revered as a sacred peak primarily because of how it rose to its full height in the absence of surrounding mountains. It’s important to note that Mount Shasta is an active volcano, but you can be 100% sure of being safe during your climb. Why? Well, it’s only because its last eruption was over 200 years ago — pretty sure you get the point. Also, Shasta is 14,179 high, so you can be sure of having a thrilling adventure.
3- Longs Peak, Colorado
At 14,259 feet, Longs Peak is one of the highest mountains that has something for every rock climbing enthusiast. For the most part, you can choose to tackle the east-facing Diamond Route or try out the more technical Kieners Route — it’s all up to you! For the most part, Longs Peak is a spectacular mountain that’s considered to be one of the most difficult to climb in Colorado. Moreover, the mountain is the only “fourteener” in Rocky Mountain National Park.
The mountain also boasts a dizzying Keyhole Route which offers steep rock scrambles and a great deal of exposure. Combine these with the intense physical demands of the route, and you can be sure of having an exceptional mountain adventure.
4- Grand Tenton, Wyoming
If you’re looking to explore one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the US, we recommend you check out the Tentons. Speaking of the Tentons, you should check off the Grand Tentons for a real and intensive adventure. Standing as high as 13,775 feet, Grand Tenton is a huge step into big boy’s mountaineering — don’t hesitate to hire a guide service if you’ve not been in the game for long. The good thing is, your success will be rewarded with spectacular views, and that’s great!
5- Mount McKinley, Alaska
We saved the hardest for the last — Mount McKinley is considered the highest mountain in North America. It’s also known as the most challenging peak to climb in the world, though not Himalayan in altitude. It stands as high as 20,320 with a combination of high winds and high latitude — you’ll need to be a pro to tackle this one! It’s highly recommended to take an expedition training and hire a reputable guide service before attempting the climb, and be sure that you’re ready from the inside — your will needs to up for the task!
And that’s it! So which of these beauties are you going to check off your list this fall? It’s up to you to decide! Just be sure to get the necessary experience and follow your will. And oh, don’t leave your RuckJack behind! Have fun!