The Highest Peak in Colorado - amazing Mountain Climbing view from the summit of Mount Elbert 14er Rocky Mountain Landscape in Summer during August 2018 with huge valley down below

How To Climb a 14er: The Beginner's Guide

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Hiking or climbing up a 14er isn’t easy, but it’s possible to do so safely with a bit of planning and preparation! However there are a lot of factors to consider, and the consequences for making a mistake can be serious. Hundreds of Search and Rescue operations take place on the Colorado 14ers and surrounding wilderness areas every year, with numerous hikers getting lost, injured, or passing away. 

This guide was created through a mix of experience and research to help you climb a 14er safely, and successfully. We discuss proper preparation and packing, things to watch for while hiking, emergency preparations and more. You can start with Part 1 and work your way through the guide, or skip ahead to a Chapter that interests you below! If you have feedback to share, feel free to email me at Thanks for using the Guide – stay safe out there, friends!

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About the Author: Alex Derr

Alex Derr is a mountaineer and blogger based in Denver Colorado. He is working to climb Colorado’s highest 100 peaks, and the 20 tallest peaks in California. He created The Next Summit to share advice, stories, history & reflections from the Colorado Rockies & Sierra Nevada. When not climbing, he is managing the Communications strategy at Visible Network Labs.

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