FAQ and threads for those just starting to hike the Colorado 14ers.
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Eli Boardman wrote:How hard is class 3?
Do the Keyhole on Longs, then you will know.
Isn't this quote from Gerry Roach's book?
On topic, In my limited experience with class three (Longs, ellingwood ridge on La Plata, Navajo Peak) there isn't anything technically difficult about the moves required, even a casual gym climber would think Long's keyhole moves are a breeze, but the altitude and exposure make this hiking/climbing grade more difficult than a class two walk up. Lower grades also offer an easier and faster descent if weather moves in, so I would say gauging weather becomes much more important on a class three route.
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No problem with Class 3
For me, Class 3 feels more like I’m climbing a mountain versus walking up a mountain
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Jorts wrote:Class 3 is great. More vert faster. Get to use your hands on rock instead of on stupid poles. And finding holds is easy. If you find yourself on class 4 or 5 instead of class 3, you know it.
What are these "poles" of which you speak?