12ers Record Shattered! Lost River 12ers Enchained

Dan
Dan

July 26th, 2005, 7:41 pm #1

Big congrats go out to Rob Landis and Dave Bingham for establishing the new fast mark for the Idaho 12ers at 38 hours and 50 minutes. They also accomplished the long discussed Lost River "enchainment", which is likely the first time that has been accomplished. Here is information Rob provided me:

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New Record Established For Climbing Idaho’s 12,000’ Peaks

Hailey residents Dave Bingham and Rob Landis recently climbed all nine of Idaho’s 12,000’ peaks in 38 hours and 50 minutes, besting the old record of 83 hours and 16 minutes, held by Nick Stover of Boise, by 44 hours and 26 minutes.

The pair began their quest at 9pm.on Saturday July 23rd by climbing Diamond Peak (12,197 feet) in Eastern Idaho’s Lemhi range. They then drove to the Borah Peak trailhead in the Lost River Range for a pre-dawn start to climb Mt Borah, Idaho’s highest peak. The Lost River Range is Idaho’s highest and arguably most rugged range, containing seven of Idaho’s nine 12,000-foot peaks, and the key to any attempt to climb all of Idaho’s 12,000-foot peaks in the fastest possible time. In one long 18 hour day (Sunday, July 24th) Dave and Rob enchained all seven of the 12,000-foot peaks in the Lost River Range--quite possibly the first time this has been accomplished. The peaks in the Lost River Crest include Mt Borah (12,655 feet) Leatherman Peak (12,230 feet), Mt Church (12,200 feet), Mount Brietenbach (12,140 feet) Lost Rivers Mountain (12,078 feet), Mount Idaho (12,065 feet) and Donaldson Peak (12,023 feet). In addition, the pair climbed Mt Sacajawea (11,936 feet) in the process.

After completing the Lost River Crest the climbers drove to the Wood River Valley and slept for four hours before ascending Hyndman Peak (12009 feet) in the Pioneer Range. The pair began just after dawn completing the climb of Hyndman Peak at 11:50 am. , July 25th for a new Idaho 12' ers record.

Kevin Lupton, also of Hailey, drove, provided trailhead support for the climbers and kept a climbing log. Dave and Rob radioed in from each summit to apprise Kevin of their progress as well as signing all of the summit registers. Kevin climbed with the pair on Diamond and Hyndman peaks. The weather was perfect with clear days and a moon just past full. One small section of the route was impassable due to late snow requiring a short but difficult detour.

Dave and Rob are both 48 and have been teaming together on adventures for many years. Dave works in the construction business while Rob is a teacher at The Community School in Sun Valley. Both men are coaches for the Sun Valley Junior Nordic ski team. In addition, Dave is well known as a climber and author of a climber’s guide to the City of Rocks.
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Nic Stover
Nic Stover

July 26th, 2005, 9:26 pm #2

But didn't think it would be by that much.

I knew Dave had been hinting at it for quite some time, and after some others failed it was only a matter of time. But damn . . . 48 years old and to beat it by 44 hours deserves a hearty congrats.

Look forward to seeing what route they chose . . . congrats you guys. You have set the bar very high!

Think the Canucks are going to cancel their trip now?

Nic
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dave b
dave b

July 27th, 2005, 1:01 am #3

Nick - thanks for the kind words. We stand on your shoulders.
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brendon
brendon

July 27th, 2005, 4:19 am #4

Big congrats go out to Rob Landis and Dave Bingham for establishing the new fast mark for the Idaho 12ers at 38 hours and 50 minutes. They also accomplished the long discussed Lost River "enchainment", which is likely the first time that has been accomplished. Here is information Rob provided me:

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New Record Established For Climbing Idaho’s 12,000’ Peaks

Hailey residents Dave Bingham and Rob Landis recently climbed all nine of Idaho’s 12,000’ peaks in 38 hours and 50 minutes, besting the old record of 83 hours and 16 minutes, held by Nick Stover of Boise, by 44 hours and 26 minutes.

The pair began their quest at 9pm.on Saturday July 23rd by climbing Diamond Peak (12,197 feet) in Eastern Idaho’s Lemhi range. They then drove to the Borah Peak trailhead in the Lost River Range for a pre-dawn start to climb Mt Borah, Idaho’s highest peak. The Lost River Range is Idaho’s highest and arguably most rugged range, containing seven of Idaho’s nine 12,000-foot peaks, and the key to any attempt to climb all of Idaho’s 12,000-foot peaks in the fastest possible time. In one long 18 hour day (Sunday, July 24th) Dave and Rob enchained all seven of the 12,000-foot peaks in the Lost River Range--quite possibly the first time this has been accomplished. The peaks in the Lost River Crest include Mt Borah (12,655 feet) Leatherman Peak (12,230 feet), Mt Church (12,200 feet), Mount Brietenbach (12,140 feet) Lost Rivers Mountain (12,078 feet), Mount Idaho (12,065 feet) and Donaldson Peak (12,023 feet). In addition, the pair climbed Mt Sacajawea (11,936 feet) in the process.

After completing the Lost River Crest the climbers drove to the Wood River Valley and slept for four hours before ascending Hyndman Peak (12009 feet) in the Pioneer Range. The pair began just after dawn completing the climb of Hyndman Peak at 11:50 am. , July 25th for a new Idaho 12' ers record.

Kevin Lupton, also of Hailey, drove, provided trailhead support for the climbers and kept a climbing log. Dave and Rob radioed in from each summit to apprise Kevin of their progress as well as signing all of the summit registers. Kevin climbed with the pair on Diamond and Hyndman peaks. The weather was perfect with clear days and a moon just past full. One small section of the route was impassable due to late snow requiring a short but difficult detour.

Dave and Rob are both 48 and have been teaming together on adventures for many years. Dave works in the construction business while Rob is a teacher at The Community School in Sun Valley. Both men are coaches for the Sun Valley Junior Nordic ski team. In addition, Dave is well known as a climber and author of a climber’s guide to the City of Rocks.
Is this the official press release? Any publicity yet?

Is there any chance we will see pictures in an internet-friendly trip report?
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Butch
Butch

July 27th, 2005, 11:45 am #5

Big congrats go out to Rob Landis and Dave Bingham for establishing the new fast mark for the Idaho 12ers at 38 hours and 50 minutes. They also accomplished the long discussed Lost River "enchainment", which is likely the first time that has been accomplished. Here is information Rob provided me:

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New Record Established For Climbing Idaho’s 12,000’ Peaks

Hailey residents Dave Bingham and Rob Landis recently climbed all nine of Idaho’s 12,000’ peaks in 38 hours and 50 minutes, besting the old record of 83 hours and 16 minutes, held by Nick Stover of Boise, by 44 hours and 26 minutes.

The pair began their quest at 9pm.on Saturday July 23rd by climbing Diamond Peak (12,197 feet) in Eastern Idaho’s Lemhi range. They then drove to the Borah Peak trailhead in the Lost River Range for a pre-dawn start to climb Mt Borah, Idaho’s highest peak. The Lost River Range is Idaho’s highest and arguably most rugged range, containing seven of Idaho’s nine 12,000-foot peaks, and the key to any attempt to climb all of Idaho’s 12,000-foot peaks in the fastest possible time. In one long 18 hour day (Sunday, July 24th) Dave and Rob enchained all seven of the 12,000-foot peaks in the Lost River Range--quite possibly the first time this has been accomplished. The peaks in the Lost River Crest include Mt Borah (12,655 feet) Leatherman Peak (12,230 feet), Mt Church (12,200 feet), Mount Brietenbach (12,140 feet) Lost Rivers Mountain (12,078 feet), Mount Idaho (12,065 feet) and Donaldson Peak (12,023 feet). In addition, the pair climbed Mt Sacajawea (11,936 feet) in the process.

After completing the Lost River Crest the climbers drove to the Wood River Valley and slept for four hours before ascending Hyndman Peak (12009 feet) in the Pioneer Range. The pair began just after dawn completing the climb of Hyndman Peak at 11:50 am. , July 25th for a new Idaho 12' ers record.

Kevin Lupton, also of Hailey, drove, provided trailhead support for the climbers and kept a climbing log. Dave and Rob radioed in from each summit to apprise Kevin of their progress as well as signing all of the summit registers. Kevin climbed with the pair on Diamond and Hyndman peaks. The weather was perfect with clear days and a moon just past full. One small section of the route was impassable due to late snow requiring a short but difficult detour.

Dave and Rob are both 48 and have been teaming together on adventures for many years. Dave works in the construction business while Rob is a teacher at The Community School in Sun Valley. Both men are coaches for the Sun Valley Junior Nordic ski team. In addition, Dave is well known as a climber and author of a climber’s guide to the City of Rocks.
Wow...beyond impressive! Linking the Lost River Twelvers is a fantastic feat! I am simply awed by this accomplishment; one of the most extreme things of which I've ever heard!

But, (jokingly) I think they should be penalized about twelve hours for not having to drive around in the powdery, super-arid, mega-rutted, sage-infested Lost River's desert, searching for the trailhead to *#$)%@#$^ Pete Creek! Taking the "short-cut" atop the mountains really let them out of a lot of vehicular jeopardy!!!

I would love to see the details in print. Write us an epic, you guys. I want to live your adventure by proxy! ABSOLUTELY HEROIC!

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Kevin Barton
Kevin Barton

July 27th, 2005, 3:56 pm #6

But didn't think it would be by that much.

I knew Dave had been hinting at it for quite some time, and after some others failed it was only a matter of time. But damn . . . 48 years old and to beat it by 44 hours deserves a hearty congrats.

Look forward to seeing what route they chose . . . congrats you guys. You have set the bar very high!

Think the Canucks are going to cancel their trip now?

Nic
Very impressive, great accomplishment.

I was pretty sure that Andrew and I could have beaten 83 hours, but I am not so sure about 38 hours. I think you local boys have the home field advantage.

Nic must be a smart guy, we may stay home and climb 11,000 foot glacier covered peaks instead.

A big cowboy YAHOO to Rob and Dave.

Cheers.


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earl
earl

July 27th, 2005, 5:30 pm #7

Big congrats go out to Rob Landis and Dave Bingham for establishing the new fast mark for the Idaho 12ers at 38 hours and 50 minutes. They also accomplished the long discussed Lost River "enchainment", which is likely the first time that has been accomplished. Here is information Rob provided me:

---------------------------------------------------------

New Record Established For Climbing Idaho’s 12,000’ Peaks

Hailey residents Dave Bingham and Rob Landis recently climbed all nine of Idaho’s 12,000’ peaks in 38 hours and 50 minutes, besting the old record of 83 hours and 16 minutes, held by Nick Stover of Boise, by 44 hours and 26 minutes.

The pair began their quest at 9pm.on Saturday July 23rd by climbing Diamond Peak (12,197 feet) in Eastern Idaho’s Lemhi range. They then drove to the Borah Peak trailhead in the Lost River Range for a pre-dawn start to climb Mt Borah, Idaho’s highest peak. The Lost River Range is Idaho’s highest and arguably most rugged range, containing seven of Idaho’s nine 12,000-foot peaks, and the key to any attempt to climb all of Idaho’s 12,000-foot peaks in the fastest possible time. In one long 18 hour day (Sunday, July 24th) Dave and Rob enchained all seven of the 12,000-foot peaks in the Lost River Range--quite possibly the first time this has been accomplished. The peaks in the Lost River Crest include Mt Borah (12,655 feet) Leatherman Peak (12,230 feet), Mt Church (12,200 feet), Mount Brietenbach (12,140 feet) Lost Rivers Mountain (12,078 feet), Mount Idaho (12,065 feet) and Donaldson Peak (12,023 feet). In addition, the pair climbed Mt Sacajawea (11,936 feet) in the process.

After completing the Lost River Crest the climbers drove to the Wood River Valley and slept for four hours before ascending Hyndman Peak (12009 feet) in the Pioneer Range. The pair began just after dawn completing the climb of Hyndman Peak at 11:50 am. , July 25th for a new Idaho 12' ers record.

Kevin Lupton, also of Hailey, drove, provided trailhead support for the climbers and kept a climbing log. Dave and Rob radioed in from each summit to apprise Kevin of their progress as well as signing all of the summit registers. Kevin climbed with the pair on Diamond and Hyndman peaks. The weather was perfect with clear days and a moon just past full. One small section of the route was impassable due to late snow requiring a short but difficult detour.

Dave and Rob are both 48 and have been teaming together on adventures for many years. Dave works in the construction business while Rob is a teacher at The Community School in Sun Valley. Both men are coaches for the Sun Valley Junior Nordic ski team. In addition, Dave is well known as a climber and author of a climber’s guide to the City of Rocks.
Did you use any gear on the lost river traverse (climbing shoes, protecteion, rope). I'm very interested in trying this.
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Anonymous
Anonymous

July 27th, 2005, 5:55 pm #8

From my understanding it was an enchainment not a traverse.

Incredible feat, but still a difference in terms of difficulty and amount of time required.
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Anonymous
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July 27th, 2005, 6:27 pm #9

what's the difference? what's the change in difficulty
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daveb
daveb

July 28th, 2005, 12:04 am #10

Did you use any gear on the lost river traverse (climbing shoes, protecteion, rope). I'm very interested in trying this.
We didin't use any climbing gear, crampons, axe, etc. Several sections were a bit exposed, but nothing fifth class except for occasional 5.12 mud/gravel climbing. We packed very light, 100 oz. camelback, bars, goo, superlight shell, hat, mini water purifier, small roll of tape. We both drank 300 oz. of water (w/sport mix) during the 18 hrs. (2 refill stops) of the Lost River section. We both wore Nike cinder cone boots. The key for us was specific fitness training, intimate knowedge of the route, regular food and water intake, and 30-some years nordic, running and adventure racing in the mountains. Best of luck to you regardless of how fast you choose to go!
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