climb up one of Colorado's 14,000 foot peaks rarely takes more than a day.
||Old professor makes daily
friend climbed four in one day.
||Colorado Mountain Club
climbed most of the state's fourteeners in a day to celebrate the Bicentennial.
Surprisingly, unlike expeditions
to Mt. McKinley or Mt. Everest, a climb up one of Colorado's 14,000 foot
peaks rarely takes more than a day. Pike's Peak, with the state's greatest
base-to-summit elevation gain, is admittedly a strenuous climb, yet a retired
college professor in his middle seventies makes the hike every day in the
summer. A friend of mine, Carson Black, in a day, once climbed four
fourteeners, three of which--Crestone Peak, Crestone Needle, and Kit Carson
Peak--are the most challenging in the state. Even more revealing is the
Bicentennial celebration by the Colorado Mountain Club. It planned
to have members on the summit of every fourteener in the state on July
4, 1976. Only a handful of ascents took more than a day.