Climbing Colorado Fourteeners

Little Bear Peak – Bad Boy of the Colorado Fourteeners

This is a pure climbing story because this mountain is a skilled-climbers’ mountain that most recognize as one of the two most difficult of all 57 Colorado fourteeners.
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Crestone Needle – A Hard Fourteener

Crestone Needle is generally recognized as being in the top 5 in climbing difficulty of all the Colorado 14ers. It is characterized by sustained Class 3 rock climbing (for hours) although on rock that is unusually climber-friendly.
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Emme Levy Crandall January 31, 2001 to August 27, 2015

A Tribute to Emme, Our Australian Terrier, and Her Amazing Life Click the button below to view the story.
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Crestone Peak … and a Self Rescue!

“Crestone Peak, or “The Peak” as known among many climbers, is one of the “double-black diamond” 14ers for climbers. It and its companion fourteener, Crestone Needle were the last of all the fourteeners to be scaled back in the 1920’s. This...
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Blanca Peak – Sacred Mountain of the Navajo

with a 130-year old Eagle trap at summit …and close encounters with hungry bears.
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Tabegauche Peak – A Bit More Than We Bargained for – and a Great Wine at Summit

We went at this mountain from the closed Jennings Creek trailhead, avoiding the erosion causing the closure. Early-season climbing into snow – and finally discovering the “right way” to summit. Celebrating with Walter Hansel Pinot Noir at the Peak.
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North Maroon Peak – Going Technical

Climbing North Maroon with Andy Mishmash changes a dangerous climb into pure joy. This peak is notorious for casualties but with care watching for loose rock and someone experienced in route finding, North Maroon becomes one of the most beautiful fourteener...
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Mt. Eolus and N. Eolus – exposed rock climbing

Mt. Eolus is a more challenging 14er in the San Juan Range accessible only by the 130 year old Denver & Rio Grande narrow-gauge train and then backpacking to the Chicago Basin. This mountain features a narrow, exposed “Catwalk” and some good Class...
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Ellingwood Pt. via South Zapata Creek (non-standard route)

To avoid the busy and rough Lake Como Road and the crowds at Lake Como camp-sites we followed an alternate route from South Zapata Lake. The route to summit was long, rocky, loose and cold on the shady side of the peak. We did get to see Big Horn Sheep...
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Snowmass Mountain

A challenging mountain summited with son Brett Crandall in a nearly 19 hour day from dark to dark.
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