What Are The Ten Essentials? The 10 Most Essential Gear Items

By |2021-01-24T03:43:18+00:00August 23rd, 2020|Mountaineering Advice, Gear Recommendations|

Every year, thousands of people get injured or lost while exploring the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Usually, search and rescue crews are able to save them. However, for a few dozen individuals, rescue comes too late. [...]

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Best Hiking Boots for 14ers | My 6 Picks

By |2021-03-25T05:41:55+00:00July 7th, 2020|Gear Recommendations|

The right hiking boots are a necessity for hiking and scrambling up Colorado's 14ers. While you can use either shoes or boots, I recommend hiking boots for 14ers due to their superior ankle support. However, [...]

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Best Backpacks for 14ers | 8 Options to Help You Summit

By |2021-03-21T22:53:07+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. I get asked pretty commonly about my opinion regarding the best backpacks for 14ers. [...]

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Trekking Poles for 14ers: My Recommendations

By |2021-01-30T03:35:13+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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Crampons vs Microspikes for 14ers | What’s the Best Choice?

By |2021-01-30T20:27:31+00:00October 24th, 2019|Gear Recommendations|

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 [...]

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