OldGuyot speak with straight tongue. There are lots of peaks that present significant challenges - technical difficulty, remote location, isolation. It is not just about altitude. Consider Mt. Rainier, essentially the same elevation, but technically far more challenging - glacial crevasses and all that. Actually, for Whitney, I prefer the Mountainers route, pionered by some guy named John Muir, I believe (Why isn't the beginning of hte John Muir Trail the mountaineer's Route?), It is basically a scramble, although snow conditions introduce some variability, and it is a lot of fun, and you don't encounter hordes of people. But any climb is a good climb - "Go climb the mountains and get their glad tidings"
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