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Most Difficult Colorado 14ers | 9 Deadly Peaks

By |2020-08-15T23:45:26+00:00June 22nd, 2020|Mountaineering Advice, Route Information|

While most of Colorado's 14ers are an easy hike or scramble, a handful can be quite difficult to climb. With steep Class 3 and 4 climbing, dramatic exposure to cliffs and drop-offs, and complex route-finding [...]

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Best Backpacks for 14ers | My 3 Top Picks

By |2020-08-15T23:45:27+00:00June 8th, 2020|Gear Recommendations|

One of the most important pieces of gear to bring along on 14er trips is a backpack to carry everything else. Cheap backpacks available online may seem appealing, however they often fall apart after a [...]

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Dispersed Camping Near 14ers | A Guide to the Best Way to Camp

By |2020-08-15T23:45:28+00:00May 30th, 2020|Leave No Trace, Opinions & Editorials|

There are many ways to camp in Colorado's public lands. Many people think first of family camping in campgrounds, popular in state and national parks. However, campgrounds involve fighting for a spot, permits & fees, [...]

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Trekking Poles for 14ers: My Recommendations

By |2020-08-15T23:45:29+00:00May 25th, 2020|Gear Recommendations|

Trekking poles have a lot going for them... they give you a boost hiking uphill, provide balance for creek-crossing and rocky trails, and reduce shock on your knees on downhill descents. For these reasons and [...]

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Lightning on 14ers: Tips for Staying Safe

By |2020-08-15T23:45:30+00:00May 22nd, 2020|Mountaineering Advice|

One of the biggest summer risks on 14ers are the powerful thunderstorms that regularly form during the afternoon. Known as the 'Colorado Monsoon,' these storms produce a great deal of lightning at high altitude. With [...]

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7 Best Nonstandard 14er Routes: Taking the Path Less Traveled

By |2020-08-15T23:45:31+00:00May 10th, 2020|Mountaineering Advice|

Nonstandard routes have a lot going for them. They're far less popular than main standard routes. They're usually more off-trail with an accompanying feeling of adventure. However, that also requires a greater sense of navigation [...]

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Best 14ers to Hike in May: Early Peak Bagging

By |2020-08-15T23:45:32+00:00May 5th, 2020|Mountaineering Advice|

Ready to get back to the Rockies this spring? Full disclosure: It isn't easy to hike 14ers in the month of May. It's cold, snowy and wet, along with a host of other challenges. However, [...]

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