/ Which country has the technically hardest highest peak?
So it got me wondering; which country has the technically hardest highest peak?....
Is it something well known, or is it some obscure rock tower in an African desert somewhere(?).
I suspect Wales has the technically easiest highest peak, with a railway up it and all.
I gather the biggest hill in Hungary is, pretty literally, a walk in the park.
Switzerland has a railway up to the top of the Kleine Matterhorn...
K2, in Pakistan, is certainly going to be in a list of hardest highest nation peaks. There are, perhaps, many technically harder mountains in the world, but few are also the highest summit in their country.
To be pedantic, the highest point of the Vatican City is St Peter's Basilica. So maybe this is the easiest highest summit as all that is required is a set of stairs or maybe even an elevator ride!
> There are, perhaps, many technically harder mountains in the world, but few are also the highest summit in their country.
Yeah, it was this i was wondering.
Not hardest overall, but hardest technically, and a country high point.
According to some posters on UKC, Everest should be up there as one of the easiest high points; you don't even have to walk, the sherpas will simple drag you up it... ;-)
> I suspect Wales has the technically easiest highest peak, with a railway up it and all.
Isle of Man also has a railway up its highest peak.
Trouble is the altitude question makes it impossible to answer.
'technically the hardest'?
> Trouble is the altitude question makes it impossible to answer.
"Impossible"? For sure, extra altitude becomes a factor in the difficulty. You could also say that the proximity to the poles makes it a difficult or less-quantifiable question.
But the original question simply poses a list of mountains (highest peaks of countries of the world) and asks which is the hardest peak to climb. Far from impossible, one simply needs a list and imagination to address the unquantifiable aspects.
Hard, yes. But they're not the highest peak in the country they're in!
He means out of every country in the world, which one's highest point is technically hardest to reach. I assume he means by it's easiest route otherwise you could have snowdon by the Indian Face or something.
A 30m high rock stack on some obscure Pacific Island state would win if it was a very hard technical climb by it's easiest route.
Ok, Mt Kenya - does anyone know a harder technical peak that's also a country high point?
Btw, I don't know why this thread has ended up in Expedition and Alpine (?!), I posted it in the Pub, which is where it belongs
> Mount Kenya?
Didn't see this. I think it will take some beating, but I don't know the answer.
Mt Kenya is harder I believe(?)
Although it doesn't really matter (and doesn't answer the thread's main question), I just wanted to point out that the two are technically different. Saba is part of The Netherlands (it's a municipality), whereas South Georgia is under the jurisdiction of the UK, bot not part of it. Therefore, if you look at a list of highest points in each country, Ben Nevis will be listed for the UK and Mount Scenery on Saba will be listed as the highest point in The Netherlands.
Im pretty sure Ben Nevis is the highest point in Scotland.
What about Khan Tengri (Kazakhstan)- 7010m Russian 5a?
Fair enough, I suppose. And I did think about this later when surmising that, of course, everyone would immediately say that Denali is the highest peak of the United States, even though it's on a seperate part of the continent, and only connected to the greater part of the United States by a thousand miles or so of Canada or the inside passage of the Pacific. If Mauna Kea on Hawaii was another 10,000 or so feet higher, it would be the highest peak of the United States - and I would have no difficulty in identifying it as such. So the few thousand miles of Atlantic that separate the mainland of the Netherlands from Mt Scenery are not dissimilar, and to dismiss this claim, as I did, is wrong.
I think you'd get a few puzzled looks, however, if you said you were planning a trip to the Netherlands and then came back with a deep tan and Caribbean photos!
its the same for both spain and portugal- teide on tenerife is the highest pt in spain, and pico in the azores is for portugal.
and france's southmost point is in s america (french guiana is an overseas department, i believe the residents are EU citizens)
Reunion which is also fully part of France and the EU is further south, and I think there are other uninhabited islands in the Indian Ocean even further south.
Hawaii is further from Washignton DC (the national capital) than Saba is from The Hague. Denali is probably nearly as far away from the capital.
Suppose its a matter of self opinion really, one mans Snowdon is another mans K2 !
Two completely different answers depending which one it is.
I think it's "which country's high point has the technically hardest, easy way up?"
So, for example, K2 could be the 'winner' here as the easiest route is nails, there's no walk up.
I think that's what he's asking anyway!
Sarcasm notoriously hard to pick up online!
Guess I did the hard owrk for him then!
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