Some friends were emailing opinions about hard approaches and I tried to think
of the hardest ones I've ever done. Then it dawned on me that I've never really
done a truly hard approach. So, take your pick - what's the hardest approach
you've done for any type of climb - backcountry expedition, single day trad,
single day ice climb, sport climb, toprope, etc?
I'm thinking that some of the routes on K2 must be in the upper percentile range
for expeditions. I've done the Chasm View approach to the Diamond before.
That's maybe about 6 miles and 4K vertical, but that nothing compared to what
people do these days. Probably my biggest approach days were for soloing
moderate ridges in the Colorado backcountry - maybe 16 miles and 8-10K vertical?
I bet Mark Twight owns the record and that's why there is such obvious pain
etched in his brow...