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RMNP Mountaineering Guide from 1919

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RMNP Mountaineering Guide from 1919

Postby jsdratm » Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:19 pm

I found this cool book compiled by Roger Toll in 1919 that details the historic routes used to climb the various mountains in RMNP and Indian Peaks Wilderness. I thought I would share it here in case anyone else is interested:

http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/romo/toll/index.htm

Some interesting excerpts:

The automobile run from Denver to Estes Park is 70 or 80 miles, according to the route chosen. The run will take from four to six hours.


Telephone lines extend between Estes Park and Grand Lake, along the Flattop trail and also along the Fall River road and trail. Telephones will be found at 5-mile intervals along these lines for use by the public in cases of emergency.


At the present time there is no road for wagons or automobiles across the Continental Divide covered by the map. The Fall River road, when completed, will cross the Divide at Milner Pass, which is the second lowest pass in the above list.


A suit of corduroy or other strong, heavy material that will keep out the wind or a light rain is usually needed. On a short one-day trip in midsummer, a suit of khaki or other light material may be worn instead of the heavier suit, if the weather is favorable. Some men find knickerbocker breeches with knit leggings a good combination.


Reading about the early mountaineers makes one appreciate modern conveniences. Today you can drive across the state and back in a day, but back then they had to take rail routes, horses, and very slow automobiles to get to their destinations.

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Re: RMNP Mountaineering Guide from 1919

Postby madbuck » Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:41 pm

Fantastic, thanks!

If you never have climbed a mountain of 14,000 feet, start by making the ascent of Longs Peak, where every half hour will change the view and every hour will change the character of your climbing.



Now we have *the* definitive answer, almost a century old, to the question: "Which 14er should I climb first?"

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Re: RMNP Mountaineering Guide from 1919

Postby screeman57 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:49 pm

This is awesome--thanks for posting!
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Re: RMNP Mountaineering Guide from 1919

Postby ewaag23 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:56 pm

Nice find - thanks for posting this!

It's interesting to see the substantial revisions to the 14ers list too:
http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/romo/toll/part3.htm
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Re: RMNP Mountaineering Guide from 1919

Postby dillonsarnelli » Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:57 pm

This is great. Made it a bookmark. Thanks!

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Re: RMNP Mountaineering Guide from 1919

Postby Dancesatmoonrise » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:21 pm

Some men find knickerbocker breeches with knit leggings a good combination.


We really need to bring these back. :-D

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Re: RMNP Mountaineering Guide from 1919

Postby jaymz » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:56 pm

Dancesatmoonrise wrote:
Some men find knickerbocker breeches with knit leggings a good combination.


We really need to bring these back. :-D

I would proudly rock that look if I could find them anywhere!

Re: RMNP Mountaineering Guide from 1919

Postby its_not_a_tuba » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:59 pm

Bravo. Fantastic find! =D>
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Re: RMNP Mountaineering Guide from 1919

Postby wooderson » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:07 am

This is really cool. I spent a while perusing it last night. Found it interesting that in their suggested itinerary they recommend climbing Longs first. And that "Pipe, tobacco or other smoker's supplies" are among the checklist of equipment.

Thanks for posting this, I'm sure I'll be reading more of it.

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Re: RMNP Mountaineering Guide from 1919

Postby TheOtherIndian » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:24 am

Gold! Great find!
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Re: RMNP Mountaineering Guide from 1919

Postby Lemmiwinks » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:40 am

Pssh...no interest.

Route descriptions and trailhead info have to be pretty outdated. :-"
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Re: RMNP Mountaineering Guide from 1919

Postby Voodoo302 » Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:22 am

This is excellent. My climbing partners and I are planning "period" ascents of several 14ers this summer/fall: tweed jackets, tall axes, pipes, etc. All are welcome and I'll post an invite when we firm up our plans.

As a shameless plug, this book is right up the alley of my nascent blog, which celebrates all things alpine, and doubly celebrates integrating pipe smoking into the alpine. It's still in its youth but probably not the worst thing you'll find on the internets.

http://hikingandsmoking.tumblr.com/

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