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Bootpack climb/hike comparison : Kachina Peak, Taos vs Highland Bowl

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Hi, for those who have done both, some perspective on what is more frightening or scary - and degrees of difficulty.

 

We did Highland Bowl in huge snow conditions but frozen harder than Vermont Ice and parts of the ridgeline - were so narrow with both steps of the Yeti - hands and knees sometimes for us but we made it. If I knew how hard that was, Dad (me) would have opted out. Bob Barnes took us up and was incredibly motivating and also graciously carried my boy's skis as young man, all 58 lbs of him was lay prone after that most hairy part around the hut and thereafter! 

 

Anyway, any comparative views are solicited. I know there are harder bootpacks like in the Dolomites - Sasso Pordoi area where a rappel is mandatory and one hikes over precipices of rocks on a narrow ledge of snow and ice..but these two, Highland Bowl and Kachina seem somewhat comparable as inbound terrain and hence query - thanks

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Highland's is steeper and more difficult.   Kachina is longer, but more gradual.  It has a couple of flat spots where you can catch your breath.

With the new lift, I don't see many hiking.

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Thx SH 

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I don't know why your asking but fyi: Kachina has a lift now. I did both before the lift and sh gives an accurate description
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nathanvg: I don't know why your asking but fyi: Kachina has a lift now. I did both before the lift and sh gives an accurate description

Asking as I am curious as we did Highlands and not sure will get to Taos, anytime soon, so learning from others so to speak. A bit like where is the steepest terrain, etc etc

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Originally Posted by dustyfog View Post

 

Asking as I am curious as we did Highlands and not sure will get to Taos, anytime soon, so learning from others so to speak. A bit like where is the steepest terrain, etc etc

 

So if you did make it to Taos you would hike Kachina and not take the chairlift? Cool if you are into that kind of thing for the achievement but to hike that far for moguls seems a bit odd. I'd stop at corner chute or something in that area since most lift goers prob wont go "down" there. Not even sure if its allowed or possible?

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Wonder where Fantasy Ridge fits in? 

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Wonder where Fantasy Ridge fits in? 

Do you mean Fantasy Ridge at Solitude?


I've not done the other two, but it seems to me that FR is pretty short and not all that steep.  Lower in elevation, too?  

 

Does Fantasy Ridge still have the funky little cable handhold?

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