My Favorite 14er Climb Stories

Pikes Peak – Summiting My 58th and Final 14er

Pikes Peak is the 2nd most visited mountain in the world. I saved it for last because it has a road to the top so that some friends could climb with me and others could ride to the top to begin the celebration completing a 9-year mission to climb them...
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Mt. Wilson from the Southwest

Mt Wilson stands with the other half-dozen fourteeners that are the most challenging climbs. We chose the Kilpacker approach – grueling boulder-hopping but there’s a rewarding scramble to summit and with less exposure than the traverse-ridge from...
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Windom Peak – 4 Tries and a Fantastic Summit!

August 26, 2017 Windom Peak is one of the really fun Class 3 peaks in the Chicago Basin of the San Juan Range, accessed by the historic Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge train and a long backpack to the basin. The summit is the most unusual of all Colorado’s...
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El Diente – Climbing a hard Fourteener

El Diente – A Hard Mountain in the San Juan Range El Diente is not often climbed and indeed it has its challenges. We liked the south ridge approach from the Kilpacker trailhead. From that direction the view of El Diente is impressive and the Kilpacker...
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K2 and Capitol Peak (“The King”)

Capitol Peak is undoubtedly the standard bearer of all the fourteeners in Colorado. It features a very long boulder hike/climb to a sub-summit called K2 at 13,688’ followed by a knife-edge ridge crawl to the Capitol summit cap. The final push is a 550’...
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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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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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Pyramid Peak – a Dream Climb

Pyramid Peak near Aspen, one of the most challenging fourteeners with its narrow ledges, Leap of Faith, Class 4 Green Wall and the impressive Amphitheater; climbed during fall aspen colors with climbing expert Andy Mishmash.
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Sunlight Peak – a Beauty in the San Juans

Sunlight Peak is great rock climbing fun and in the most beautiful Range in Colorado. It is accessed from Chicago Basin which is accessed by a 7 mile backpack after riding an historic narrow-gauge train ride and jumping off between Durango and Silverton.
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