I get it. Not everybody is equipped to haul off into the woods for several days to hike to the base of a mountain that is going to take you three weeks to climb. (Watch the doc Meru if you want to know what I am talking about.) Not all of us are okay with waiting around Talkeetna Alaska for weeks in case the weather breaks and a bush plane can get you dropped off on a glacier to scale Denali. (Two lads were doing just this the last time I was in the town.) And not all of us are cool with throwing down $100k and putting Sherpas into precarious positions due to our lack of mountaineering skills. (This is what climbing Mt Everest for the non true expert is becoming more and more each year.)
Some of us are just yearning and wanting to wake up in a bed, eat breakfast, and spend all day hauling up and down a mountain. Then being able to celebrate with a cold one or a cooked from scratch meal at the end of the day back where we woke up. This is what thousands of day hiker’s crave every single day. True hardcore day hikers are looking for ways to sleep in a bed yet have one of the greatest adventures all day that might not totally put their lives on hold or lives at risk.
Those that want more than a day hike...get it multi-day mountain climbing boys and gals...should go for it. However, for those looking to scale some epic mountains in the United States and be home for dinner, I offer you some of my favorites. Here’s to your happy and safe adventures no matter what size mountain you are planning to put a Conquest Pin in to!