When you’re tired at 12,000 feet and you’re running low on water, the sound of a creek can create overwhelming feelings of gratitude. We’ve all been there. When we remove the conveniences of modern life, like energy, plumbing and insulated

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Is Geotagging good or bad?

Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on reddit With the number of people hiking, camping and climbing in the Colorado mountains exploding, geo-tagging has quickly grown controversial. Many preservation-minded recreationists are convinced that geotagging needs is

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Five ways to use an Ice Axe

The Ice Axe is among the most adaptable of all a mountaineer’s tools. A good ice axe can serve many purposes, though it’s most important is widely considered the “self-arrest” used to stop a slide or fall. In this infographic,

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What Time Should You Start Hiking a 14er?

So you’ve decided to hike or climb a 14er… However you don’t know when you should get started on your trek. The answer depends on a couple simple factors, though you’ll probably be surprised at how early we suggest. Typically

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Are there too many people on Colorado's 14ers?

You’ve probably seen this photo, taken during last season on Mt. Everest. Following one of the deadliest seasons on the world’s tallest peak, many climbers were blaming the losses on the number of climbers trying to reach the summit. However,

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Looking for something more exciting than a day-hike? You should try an overnight trip up one of Colorado’s 14ers! Making your climb a mini-expedition is a whole new experience, adding elements of backpacking and camping to your hike! You can

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How to Climb a 14er in Winter Conditions

How to Climb a 14er in Winter Conditions It’s bitterly cold, the wind is howling, and the snow is up to your knees. These are the joys of winter 14ers in Colorado. While it may sound pretty horrible, there are

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Mountains are powerful. They fill us with a sense of awe, inspiration, and even sometimes dread. It’s no surprise that there are thousands of quotes inspired by these immense peaks and crags. Here is our collection of fifty great mountain

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It doesn’t take much for altitude sickness to set in. Anyone with experience in the Colorado Rockies is familiar with the headache, nausea and fatigue symptomatic of Altitude Sickness, itself a type of Acute Mountain Sickness. While most cases subside,

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Should I use microspikes or crampons

With snow falling, many novice mountaineers face the same question: “Should I use crampons, or microspikes?” Frustratingly, the answer isn’t easy… put simply, it depends on the snow/ice, slope, your experience and more. Here are a few factors to consider

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How to climb a 14er in october

If you’ve submitted a Colorado 14er in the summer, you probably weren’t alone. Many Rocky Mountain peaks, especially in the Front Range, see hundreds of climbers during busy summer weekends. For this, and many other reasons, October might be the

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Mountaineering in Colorado is popular and getting even moreso. In 2017, the most recent year we have numbers, climbers spent 334,000 hours hiking the 50+ Colorado Fourteeners, while the CFI shows a consistent 7% year-to-year growth rate on several popular peaks.

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Self-confidence is key… that’s the lesson we hear our entire lives. It’s not necessarily wrong. Yet in decision-making, confidence can sometimes misdirect our best intentions. A healthy dose of self-awareness and doubt can help improve the quality of your decisions,

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View from Longs Peak

There comes a time in every conversation I have with family or friends, when they turn to my hobby of mountaineering. “I understand why you might climb one or two 14ers,” an aunt told me, “but after that, doesn’t it

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After a long time creating and managing blogs for others, I finally decided to sit down and start my own blog. Anyone who knows me even a bit knows that I’m a scatterbrained individual: the kind of person who starts

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