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14ers - who does them here?
« on: June 23, 2009, 06:18:41 PM »
Getting my life back to how I want it I have started doing hikes again.  Haven't done a 14er for years, just did my first for a long time and back in love with them. 

Do any of you do them, have interest in doing them? 


Last weekend I did Humboldt, doing Quandary this weekend, Uncompahgre 4th weekend and the weekend after that I'm doing Belford/Oxford and the following day Missouri.  That is the farthest I have planned out. 

Here is a 360* panoramic of Humboldt (large photo ~5mb).
http://www.jackham.net/14ers/2009-06-19_Humboldt/Humboldt%20Panorama1.jpg

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Re: 14ers - who does them here?
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2009, 08:13:58 PM »
I've done Blanca, Evans (from summit lake - super easy hike for a 14er), and Longs. My friend and i did longs last year, ended up going the hard way (past chasm lake), took too long and got hit by the afternoon hell storm. I also got smacked by a t-storm on Blanca. Huddled under a rock while about 80 tons of pea-sized hail drops down on you is not all that fun, but add some frequent lightning hitting all around and it's downright terrifying! All part of the experience I suppose. If we had gone the shorter way on Longs we might have missed out on the hailstorm at 14k, learning is fun!

I'll probably do more, but will obsess over the weather and only go if I can get off the mtn by noon.

Nice pic of Homboldt - looks like a good day for it.
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Re: 14ers - who does them here?
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2009, 08:13:58 PM »

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Re: 14ers - who does them here?
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2009, 08:27:39 PM »
I've done about half of them.  I'd be up for some in a month or two.
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Re: 14ers - who does them here?
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2009, 08:45:28 PM »
I've done Evans on a bicycle about 20ish times... so my desire to do evans is low, but I do want to do the Bierstadt, sawtooth, Evans which looks like a lot of "fun".  I will probably do 1/4 to 1/3 of them this summer.

In august I would like to do DeCaLiBron (Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross) (hit the 1st peak at sunrise)
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Re: 14ers - who does them here?
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2009, 10:32:50 PM »
Yeah the Bierstadt-Evans sawtooth has been on my list for a while, that looks like a good hike. And yeah, I've done the Evans lake to summit many times. It's still a good short hike and excellent for taking out-of-towners to give them the 14er experience without going too hardcore.
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Re: 14ers - who does them here?
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2009, 12:12:14 AM »
That sounds like a ton of fun! I think I'll have to do a couple this year.
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Re: 14ers - who does them here?
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2009, 12:32:31 PM »
My son is turning 8 this summer.  I think it's time to drag him up a mountain somewhere.  Any suggestions?

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Re: 14ers - who does them here?
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2009, 12:50:51 PM »
I know Renee and I would like to do one, an easier one preferably. :)

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Re: 14ers - who does them here?
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2009, 02:32:05 PM »
Beirstadt is pretty easy, good view.
http://www.14ers.com/photos/peakmain.php?peak=Mt.+Bierstadt

Evans from summit lake as well is a good option. 
http://www.14ers.com/photos/peakmain.php?peak=Mt.+Evans

If you want to camp then there are tons of options.  Uncompahgre is a great one... not very hard, cool drop off at the top, etc.
http://www.14ers.com/photos/peakmain.php?peak=Uncompahgre+Peak



Otherwise, check www.14ers.com for trail conditions, info and maps.  A list of difficulty is also there:
http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/usrpeaksrall.php
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Re: 14ers - who does them here?
« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2009, 10:52:14 PM »
I've done Evans on a bicycle about 20ish times... so my desire to do evans is low, but I do want to do the Bierstadt, sawtooth, Evans which looks like a lot of "fun".  I will probably do 1/4 to 1/3 of them this summer.

In august I would like to do DeCaLiBron (Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross) (hit the 1st peak at sunrise)

The sawtooth loop for Bierstadt and Evans is a nice loop.  Read Jerry Roach's write up on that.  To paraphrase Jerry, " The maximum exposure with the minimum distance!"  Depending on the snow conditions you might need an ice axe for a controlled glisade.

The family is out of town for the fourth so I'd be up for a hike but with the triple bypass coming up I will probably be on my bike doing some hill climbs someplace.

As for the Democrat group, not sure but I think access is limited due to liability issues.   That might be resolved by now but last I heard one of the land owners was holding out on access due to insurance liabilities.  Damn trial lawyers!

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