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Mountaineering: Height Doesn't Matter

Many climbers are turning away from Everest and the 8,000-meter trophy peaks in search of virgin terrain. It's not the height of a peak; it's the fitness challenge, difficulty, remoteness, elevation gain, and other factors.

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Comment by Matt Messick on August 1, 2011 at 9:09am
Another misconception by "non-climbers" is that the overall elevation is the amount climbed. People forget that rarely does one begin their climb at sea level.
Also, some peaks (like Rainier) can be massive and sprawling, so the approach involves many miles whereas other peaks are very vertical, thus reducing the approach mileage.

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