Challenging the South Beyond 6000 Challenge

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The September issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine has an interesting article concerning the Carolina Mountain Club's South Beyond 6000 Challenge.

The South Beyond 6000 Challenge, also known as SB6K, involves climbing 40 peaks in the Southern Appalachians that exceed 6,000 feet in elevation. Although the challenge is jointly sponsored by both the Carolina Mountain Club (CMC) and the Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club, the CMC is the club that administers the program.

Upon completion of all 40 peaks, hikers receive a certificate of recognition and a patch.

The 40 peaks included in the SB6K are contained within 6 mountain ranges: the Smokies, Plotts, Balsams, Craggies, Blacks, and Roans. You can click here to see the complete list of peaks included in the Challenge.

In the aforementioned article, Blue Ridge Outdoors makes the point that the Challenge is ignoring 64 other peaks in the region that exceed 6000 feet in elevation. They make the claim that for the SB6K to be truly legitimate, it should include all 104 peaks. I think I tend to agree.

Please click here to read the article.


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