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5 Best American Peaks to Climb

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5 Best American Peaks to Climb

August 29, 2013

Our friend Jason Heaton over at Gear Patrol has rounded up a list of the five best American peaks to climb. He writes, “Moutaineering can be an intimidating sport to get into: all that gear, the dizzying heights, and tales of frostbite-blackened digits aren’t necessarily warm and fuzzy things.”

We’d agree.

“But, ” he continues, “if you have the urge to sample the rarified air up high, there are still some peaks that are accessible to the novice alpinist right here in the United States.”

Now we’re listening. In the spirit of wilderness adventures, here’s Jason’s list. Full details on Gear Patrol.

Mount Washington, New Hampshire by Jaine via Flickr.

1. Mount Washington, New Hampshire (6,288′) Photograph by Jaine via Flickr.

Longs Peak Colorado by Daveynin via Flickr.

2. Longs Peak, Colorado (14,259′) Photograph by Daveynin via Flickr.

Mount Shasta, California by Psyberartist via Flickr

3. Mount Shasta, California (14,179′) Photograph by  Psyberartist via Flickr.

Grand Teton, Wyoming by Amy Meredith via Flickr.

4. Grand Teton, Wyoming (13, 775′) Photograph by Amy Meredith via Flickr.

Mount McKinley, Alaska by Ross fowler

5. Mount McKinley, Alaska (20,320′). Photograph by Ross Fowler via Flickr.

For a gentler selection of hikes, browse all of our Hike of the Week posts.

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