Aug 27, 2013 at 7:37 pm #1307029
remember those "everest" threads with traffic jams … in the spirit of that …
Rush hour at Mount Snowdon – hundreds of climbers queue to reach peak
Hundreds of climbers were forced to queue patiently as they slowly moved towards the Mount Snowdon peak because of the huge number of people deciding to climb the mountain on Bank Holiday Monday.
more at link
;)Aug 27, 2013 at 7:39 pm #2019263
Yikes.. the 2nd picture looks like the line waiting for pictures with the summit sign on Mt Washington sometimes. between people hiking, driving and taking the cog railway it is nuts. my group decided to just take pics on the observation deck and call it good enough.Aug 27, 2013 at 8:13 pm #2019277
@stephen-mLocale: Way up North
Holy crap, I have seen some congested Peaks in the Uk and Ireland but never this bad.Aug 27, 2013 at 8:18 pm #2019282
Looks like I-94 by me.Aug 27, 2013 at 8:22 pm #2019284
– -K.T.- –Participant
It's like the Vivian Creek trail in SoCal. Nuts.Aug 27, 2013 at 8:25 pm #2019286
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
Why would someone even do that?
Just find some other place to hike.
This reminds of the Pine Ridge Trail in Big Sur on weekends. I always get off that trail to explore some creek or canyon as quickly as I can. It gets crazy and it makes me feel uncomfortable. I can't even stop to take a pee.Aug 27, 2013 at 8:54 pm #2019299
@filsingerLocale: Pacific Northwest
This is the human version of Lemmings. Where are the self thinkers that would find a different hike to satisfy their need for wildness. I realize we are social beasts but this would not be fun for me
.Aug 27, 2013 at 8:56 pm #2019300
– -K.T.- –Participant
Notice that Nick G. is not in that photo.Aug 27, 2013 at 9:26 pm #2019308
Skurka's blog touched on this topic today:Aug 27, 2013 at 9:27 pm #2019309
Almost makes you want to channel your inner Roberto and reconsider why you didn't bring that huge Bowie knife…LOL.Aug 27, 2013 at 11:05 pm #2019345
@drusillaLocale: Wild Wild West
Leadville…Wow. That looked horrible….I used to organize and manage endurance events, what are the race organizers thinking?? That is nuts, what about the insurance and liability factors? When we ran 100 milers our landowners, public and private knew how many people were traveling through, we were accountable for those numbers and limited the entries.
Several ways to stop all that would be to make it a race that you would have to qualify for…or lottery like the mountain bike races….And they should be limiting the numbers of entries for the space…someone got greedy. If the staging areas and trail and medical aid areas cannot handle the huge crowds then they are putting everyone at risk!Aug 28, 2013 at 9:37 am #2019452
@cvcassLocale: State of Jefferson
That photo reminds me of the hike to the top of Mt Lassen, lines of people snaking up the trail. Slow people holding up the procession because of narrow stretches, lots of people eating the concession stand sandwiches on top leaving the plastic containers stuffed under rocks…Aug 28, 2013 at 9:43 am #2019454
Omg. That is just rediculous. I would never..Jesus, that's what I go backpacking for..to get away from crowds like that. Looks like rush hour on Madison Avenue in the city.. that's gotta be a joke or some sort of staged picture..please tell me it is?Aug 28, 2013 at 10:04 am #2019467
@eagleriverdeeLocale: Eagle River, Alaska
No interest here. No peak is worth that crowd. I prefer to find places off the beaten path where I can't see or hear anyone else.Sep 5, 2013 at 8:22 pm #2022298
@fubar2usLocale: MidWest USA
This would be why I always try to do my big hikes before and after peak seasons. Did Isle Royal this year and saw a total of 4 people on my 5 nights hiking. Did Harney peak SD by following one of the lesser used trails last week and did not see much traffic. I wasn't until I got to the peak that I ran into two groups of cross country teams running to the top. It got very crowded and uncomfortable quick.Sep 5, 2013 at 8:42 pm #2022305
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
I keep telling people not to post trip reports with directions, details, and the GPS pointy thingies; see what happens!Sep 8, 2013 at 5:37 pm #2023086
@kalebcLocale: South West
Glad I spend my summer in Alaska and off trail in Utah
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