Climbing the Twin Colossals in Feralas
One of my favorite exploration activities in World of Warcraft is mountaineering, which can be quite challenging and fulfilling. Climbing the Twin Colossals was one of the nice challenges for me as a climber.
Hello fellow adventurers,
As someone who likes exploring every zone, every city and every instance on Azeroth to their fullest detail, discovering interesting things they have in store for me and enjoying their beautiful scenery from different angles and altitudes, I spend a considerable part of my time climbing steep hills and jagged mountains while adventuring. To my luck, Azeroth's irregular terrain, which shows varying characteristics from zone to zone, offers some great challenges for me; as if some hills and mountains are almost daring me to climb them.
This climb that I will talk about now is one of my remarkable accomplishments among my mountaineering adventures in WoW.
One of the first and most impressive things you will see when you enter Feralas from Desolace is The Twin Colossals, the twin hills that rise on the east and west sides of the long path from Karnum's Glade to Feathermoon. Feralas is home to many interesting natural or man-made things such as the huge nest on the southern mountains, but these Twin Colossals that you see right after entering the zone will most probably stick to your mind forever and you will always remember Feralas with these natural structures.
There isn't much need for specifying the location of the Twin Colossals as they are also visible on the map and there is a subzone by their name, but for those who are new to WoW or have never visited some of the Kalimdor zones before, the below Feralas map should help you locate them:
The Twin Colossals welcome you to a zone of many wonders and mysteries to be solved, quests to be completed, locals to be helped and a beautiful nature to spend time in. Once you pass near them, it feels like they keep watching your every step in Feralas as you continue your adventures.
They may not look much high from afar, almost as high as the ancient Feralas trees, which are some of the tallest trees on Azeroth by the way, but as you approach them and slowly start to climb the smaller hills on their skirts, you will realize how high they are. My guess would be around 300 mt at least.
I don't know what the origin of the Twin Colossals is or if they have any significance in WoW lore or Feralas history. Though, seeing them just after exploring Desolace reminded me of the similarly shaped rectangular hill in that zone which was protecting the Dead Goliaths.
The only information I was able to gather about the Twin Colossals came from Marli Wishrunner, a lone night elf camped at 45.8-16.5 in Feralas, who gives a small clue about how the Twin Colossals have been enduring the destructive events that took place on Azeroth and the everchanging effects of time and nature.
"The land of Feralas has been through much, human. The earth, the trees, the creatures; they are all changing what Feralas is and will be. The Twin Colossals above us remain as a constant, though, throughout all that has happened here..."
This was not the first time I was seeing the Twin Colossals (I recently started fresh with Eom after a long break), but as a Level 35 Warrior who is slowly becoming a master with his Heroic Leap skill, the moment I saw the twin hills, I was sure I was going to climb them, at least I was going to try my best at it.
(As a note, Heroic Leap was available at Level 85 till a few patches ago and it was made available at Level 26 in a recent patch. It allows you to jump to a specific point on the ground between 8-40 yards away, as long as there is an "available path".)
I first approached the eastern twin, since it looked easier to be climbed at a first glance.
For about 10 minutes, I studied the hill structure, its slopes and bumps, which side of it would be best to attempt and started my climb from the north side of the hill.
I was partly climbing on foot and using Heroic Leap when I did not have any further moves. I kept looking down as I continued to climb, to better understand how high I was from the ground level. The following screen was taken at about half height of the eastern hill; the hill that is seen on the other side of the path is the western hill.
As I climbed further, and had to stand on narrower spots, I got more excited, unsure if I was going to make it to the top. To better see where I was standing and to find the best spots to jump, I zoomed out as much as I could. If you need farther than the default zoom, you can use the following console command to achieve maximum zoom-out level (simply type it in your chat box):
/console cameraDistanceMaxZoomFactor 2.6
At one time, I was standing on an edge that was no wider than one meter. Falling down hundreds of meters to my death was just one step or a small mistake away from me. So, I paid my full attention on standing still and finding the correct spots to leap on to, while also trying not to fly away with the wind, which blew stronger as I continued to climb up.
When I realized that I was only one leap away from the top of the hill, I took a deep breath and enjoyed the view before making my final leap. And then, I made my final jump...
If I counted correctly, I used 6 Heroic Leaps (and many footsteps) to climb to the top of the east twin.
The top of the hill is home to a couple of surprises, one of which is the small water body that you would have never expected to see at the top of such a hill. Surely there are waterfalls flowing down, but still, the small lake was a nice find.
After a long session of climbing, you may want to jump yourself into the small lake atop the hill, that's not a totally bad idea but keep in mind that you may stumble into an unexpected surprise in the lake. If you had stumbled into Gregan Brewspewer, a Dwarf archaeologist camped a little south of the Twin Colossals (45.1-25.5), you would have a better idea about what to expect in the lake.
This lake is also one of the fine spots where you can expect to fish for hours with no distractions.
Standing next to the lake, you will see Kalin Windflight, a night elf who sells Colossal Parachute, which will help you make a soft landing, unless you want to climb down following the route you used for coming up, which will be harder than climbing up in my opinion. How that night elf climbed there and what he is doing there, other than selling those parachutes to adventurers, I have no idea. I even thought that he could be a goblin in night elf disguise, as only a goblin would utilize such an opportunity.
After jumping down with the parachute (tip: do not open it until you get close to the ground, I repeat, do not open it until you get close to the ground), I quickly climbed the west twin starting from its east side. This time it was easier as I was more experienced; it took me 5 leaps from the bottom to the top.
I don't know if this type of climbs can be done with any other class, but it is worth a try if you have any skills that help you jump or leap forward in a way. Not sure if mine were the optimal routes to climb the Twin Colossals but I guess I did a good enough job. I will not share which route I used for climbing each of the twins as I am pretty sure it will be a welcomed challenge for most of you to figure out how to climb to the top without following the exact steps I took.
Just be careful with your steps while it's raining, as you may slip and fall down to your death. Also, if you have enabled "Click-to-Move" in your Interface > Mouse options, remember to disable it while you are climbing because the slightest wrong right click while you are turning your camera angle will cause you to fall.
After completing your climbs, don't forget to re-visit Marli Wishruner at her camp and tell her about your experiences with the Twin Colossals, while warming your body near the campfire.
Reaching the heights without flying, viewing the beautiful scenery from the top of a mountain or hill, finding surprises at the peaks are some of the things that enrich my time in Azeroth and I highly recommend it to you too.
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14 May 2017 19:18 UTC
What an adventure! So inspiring to read. And hah, I can remember doing that too and using the parachute right away. So, good tip ;)
15 May 2017 09:37 UTC
That spot (the tip of the eastern twin) is one of the spots that I found to be much interesting, hope to find more such spots in Pandaria, Draenor and Broken Isles as I venture further.
20 May 2017 20:38 UTC
I just had to come here again and see the shot of where you stand so close to the edge. The depth in that picture makes it so alive. :)
22 May 2017 05:52 UTC
When I am exploring or doing quests, I play with over-the-shoulder camera angle (like this, or closer: https://imgur.com/6HMk56g), which is perfect for immersion, in other words, feeling you are in Azeroth yourself. I do zoom in/out when needed.
So, walking near the edges with such zoom-in provides a certain level of adrenaline, even if you are in a virtual world. Highly suggested.
22 May 2017 17:11 UTC
Oh, I see. Good suggestion! I always have it high up, but there is really no reason for such. I think it's an old "raid-injury". Thanks for the idea :)
13 Jul 2017 20:43 UTC
One of my early guilds used to have important celebrations up on the Twin Colossals. It was a lovely way to initiate new members (en masse), have a birthday party, or just toast to a finally-fallen enemy.
This was, of course, before flight was introduced, so we cajoled the inhabitants of Feralas into helping us scale the plateau and get back down again. I miss those days. Thank you for the lovely memories.
14 Jul 2017 05:56 UTC
Hello Allie, and welcome :)
I have no idea how the Feralas inhabitants scaled the plateau for you, but I sure am that spot at the top of the eastern colossal is one of the most unique spots I have ever stumbled into in Azeroth.
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