Pass Hunter

Not too terribly long ago Chris Kulczycki turned me on to pass hunting.  So I went digging through the intarweb only to find a whole lot of nothing about “passes” in Pennsylvania.  Today I did it again and found this.  Woohoo!  So I have a new hobby and Christie doesn’t like Chris.

Just kidding.

From the American Heritage Dictionary:  Gap n.   2.  An opening through mountains; a pass.  A PASS!

From the looks of it I think I can spend a day or two around Donnellytown or Col. Denning State Park and hit about 6 or 7.  There are more than enough within riding or easy driving distance to qualify for the the club.  The problem is that I also have to ride over at least 5 that are above 2,000 meters.  That’s 6,500 feet, folks.  And Pennsylvania ain’t got nothing that high.  So it looks like I’ll have to do some traveling.  North Carolina and New Hampshire are promising.  Failing that, I’ll have to head west a long, long way.  Yeah, that would be, like, terrible.

One other thing.  The rules don’t specify how far one has to ride.  We’ll assume that the intention is that you ride from one side of the pass to the other (at a minimum).  It seems fair to me to pick two towns on the map that are on opposite sides of the gap and ride from one to the other.  If anyone reading this has a better idea, please let me know.

Anyway, here are a few links about Pass Hunting (I’ll add to them as I find them).  There’s not a lot out there right now, and most of it’s not in English (the nerve of some people).  And for those of you with more money than me, Velo-Orange can build you a bicycle specifically for this insane undertaking.

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4 Responses to Pass Hunter

  1. Gromit says:

    Passes? North Carolina?
    Ha! Try Snake Mountain (on the Blood, Sweat & Gears century) gap.

  2. the Sloth says:

    The gap through Snake Mountain is _only_ 4500 feet above sea level. 😉

  3. Gromit says:

    Only 4500? Oh good! Then you’ll have no trouble with it!

  4. Apertome says:

    Hey, thanks for posting a link to that list of PA passes. I’ve been looking for just such a list, after reading the same “Pass Hunting” blog post.