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Great Place Names

Post by Rollie Free » Thu Dec 24, 2020 7:05 am

What are some places you've been drawn to (or repelled) because of its fascinating name?
Sometimes names lose their unique nature as they become too familiar to us but some 14ers are pretty interesting.
My second attempt 14er was an unintended snow climb of Quandary in which we became lost in the forest sinking to our waists in deep snow not having any idea where we were (quandary def.a state of perplexity or uncertainty, especially as to what to do; dilemma). Seems fitting. That day we'd seen no one but a pair of skiers. The next attempt pretty much the entire population of Colorado.

Castle, Conundrum, Wetterhorn, Holy Cross, LaPlata, Crestone Needle, Red Cloud.etc.who isn't intrigued to see such places? Or getting off a little bit to the Never Summer Mountains?
Some 25 years ago I had a terrifying near death experience at Upheaval Dome. A place I just had to see due to its name. Utah has some great names.

What are your favorite place names?
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Re: Great Place Names

Post by SkiFree » Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:47 am

Truth or Consequence, New Mexico

A town in New Mexico that had the bright idea to change their name to a popular 1950 radio segment so that they would broadcast an episode from their town, all in the hopes of becoming a big tourist destination.


Well over 60 years later no one knows about the Truth or Consequence game show and to pour salt in the wound. Everyone forgot about the awsome hot springs in the area that the town was originally named after.
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Post by rijaca » Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:06 am

Shitamaring Creek in southern UT
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Post by Ptglhs » Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:19 am

https://vandersluys.ca/?p=340

Someone has already compiled a list of weird place names.

https://kingfm.com/the-five-dirtiest-places-in-wyoming/

Since its where I grew up and it has a lot of off color nomenclature.
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Post by cougar » Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:34 am

Most places with Hell or Devil in the name are rather interesting, lots of places in the desert carry those names, but all over really. I took a memorable 'shortcut' through the scree of Hells Hip Pocket, aptly named.

- Forbidden City (Grand Canyon, although the others would still be cool)
- Mummy Range: never saw the mummy, but wrapped up the range
- Bushwhack Hill
- Haven't been, but Mole Hill is a mountain in VA that has a cool name.
- Law Firm peak names
- Peaks named Needle, Cone, Tower, Nipple
- Butte Pass without the e or p
- Roach's nicknames for points (not sure if they're all his originally) - Captain Bivwacko, Notabon, Johnny Carson (now Challenger), Ooh-La-lah
- Endless climbing routes, Smear of Fear
- The Dude Abides and El Duderino moutain bike trails in Salida
- River of No Return
- Valley of Fire
- Valley of 10000 Smokes
- Million Dollar Highway
- Mosquito trail/lake/falls/beach in the porcupine mountains
- isolation. desolation peak
- Profanity Trail in Vermont no
- No-Tel Motel in Tucson
- Gnarvada
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Re: Great Place Names

Post by Rollie Free » Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:36 am

A route description to climb Montana's high point.

"Use the Phantom Creek Trail #17 to reach Froze-to-Death Plateau"

Yikes!
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Post by shelly+ » Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:41 am

SkiFree wrote:
Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:47 am
Truth or Consequence, New Mexico

A town in New Mexico that had the bright idea to change their name to a popular 1950 radio segment so that they would broadcast an episode from their town, all in the hopes of becoming a big tourist destination.


Well over 60 years later no one knows about the Truth or Consequence game show and to pour salt in the wound. Everyone forgot about the awsome hot springs in the area that the town was originally named after.
and, of course, there's Pie Town, New Mexico.
we were never being boring.
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Post by greenonion » Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:44 am

Mussentuchit Badlands in Utah... https://suwa.org/mussentuchit-badlands/
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Post by highpilgrim » Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:29 am

shelly+ wrote:
Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:41 am

and, of course, there's Pie Town, New Mexico.
And in a related note, Mt. Carmel Junction, Utah, home of HO-MADE PIES at the Thunderbird, since 1931.

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Post by TomPierce » Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:42 am

Starvation Valley. Not much there, just sounds kinda ominous & cool.

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Post by rdp32 » Thu Dec 24, 2020 1:44 pm

The Indian peaks named after native American tribes (shoshoni, iroqois, algonquin, etc) always sound more exciting to me than the ones with the boring names (Toll, audubon, cooper, etc).

There are a few passes in the Winds that I have avoided partially because of the names----"bloody hell pass", "pain-in-the-ass pass", etc

Then there are some names that just sound heavenly: Garden of the gods, angel's landing (Zion), bridge of heaven (Ouray), paradise park (RMNP), etc

My kids were excited to hike up leprechaun canyon in Utah based on the name (and it delivered!). Ditto for goblin valley.

Then there are some names that sound pretty dull but are actually awesome places. Salt Creek Canyon or Muddy Creek in UT come to mind. I think the names sometimes keep the crowds down!
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Re: Great Place Names

Post by PaulVee » Thu Dec 24, 2020 2:06 pm

Get your welding done and grab some brew all at the same time at Rudy's here in Maryland !!
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