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By Rob T
Jul 24, 2006
|If you're going to hike all the way out there, you might as well check out the plane wreckage mentioned in the Ruckman guide. If you're standing at the base of Hogum's Heros, the pieces are about 150 yds down slope over your right shoulder. None of the pieces are too big these days, but still an interesting sight.|
By kent w
Feb 9, 2009
An alternative approach from someone who thinks this is the hardest approach of all time.
Do not go into Maybird, but continue up Redpine like you are going to climb the Pfeifferhorn. At the pass, start traversing across the south face of the Pfeifferhorn. The start is steep but reasonable, after several hundred yards it turns into flat alpine fields with lots of water. Just continue across until the Col at the top of Hogum. It is very easy to find, as the west ridge of the Pfeifferhorn basically stops there. At the Col, leave backpack, food etc. and descend into Hogum with your rack, rope, and the shirt on your back (hardmen were there rock shoes, but I don't recommend it). You can rope up to get down into Hogum, but I 3rd classed it and it seemed OK. From the base of the Col, cross a short section of scree to the base of the climb. At the top, just walk the ridge back to your pack (maybe 1 mile) of easy walking with a little ridge traverse.
If you look at a topo you can see the approach fairly easily. It saves you a lot of up and down, up Redpine, down Maybird, up the north ridge, down into Hogum, and even more importantly the very tiresome traverse across the scree fields in Hogum.
You will actually see the airplane impact location, with a few pieces still on the rock on the last pitch to the rim.
BTW, this is a huge day and a amazing route, a Pennings masterpiece. All pitches are hard and take route finding skills.
Oct 8, 2009
|and if you see a fixed nut, you are a ways to the right of the beginning of heroes. THAT route is called astrochoss and is not recommended. thought you should know, it's thrown more than one party off route.|
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