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On Top of Colorado (and Colorado 14er #8): Mount Elbert

On September 24, 2022, two of my travel goals collided when I summited my eighth Colorado 14er… which also happens to be the highest point in Colorado! A few days later, as I sit down to begin writing this post, I’m conflicted about whether to title it ‘Colorado 14ers’ to match my other 14ers posts… Continue reading On Top of Colorado (and Colorado 14er #8): Mount Elbert

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Colorado 14ers #6 and #7: Mount Eolus and North Eolus

It was 4:15pm when Kaylyn and I trudged back into our campsite after summiting Sunlight and Windom Peaks. We’d been gone for 10 hours, during which time we’d hiked just 6.6 miles (10.6 km) but gained – and then lost – 3750 feet (1145 m) of elevation. To say we were exhausted was an understatement.… Continue reading Colorado 14ers #6 and #7: Mount Eolus and North Eolus

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Colorado 14ers #4 and #5: Sunlight Peak and Windom Peak

I’ll begin by saying this: there are roughly fifty 14ers in Colorado that are easier to summit than Sunlight Peak. Choosing it as my fourth 14er was maybe a little ambitious. I did it. But it was substantially harder than anything I’ve hiked or summited before. I definitely don’t recommend these peaks for anyone who… Continue reading Colorado 14ers #4 and #5: Sunlight Peak and Windom Peak

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Colorado 14er #3: Mount Evans

I look up at Mount Evans every single day. It’s the most prominent mountain on the horizon from where we live in the Denver area. I stood atop it once. Three years back, we drove to the summit with my sea-level-dwelling in-laws so they could experience Colorado from an elevation of 14,268 feet (4349 m).… Continue reading Colorado 14er #3: Mount Evans

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Colorado 14er #2: Mount Bierstadt

I’ve been hiking since I was too young to remember, and in that time I’ve accumulated quite a few hiking accomplishments. But one thing I’d never done in all 32 years of my life was go hiking alone. In general, I don’t consider myself an anxious person. Sure, I have my moments of anxiety when… Continue reading Colorado 14er #2: Mount Bierstadt

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Summiting our First Colorado 14er – Quandary Peak

Most everyone hoping to conquer their first Colorado 14,000 foot (4267 m) peak faces the same dilemma (or, shall I say, quandary): what’s the easiest one to start with? By most accounts, Mount Bierstadt and Quandary Peak are two of the “easier” ones, but I put easier in quotes because it’s all relative. There are… Continue reading Summiting our First Colorado 14er – Quandary Peak