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

By |2020-10-08T00:54:55+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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4 Reasons to Climb a Colorado 13er Instead of a 14er

By |2020-10-08T02:40:49+00:00April 22nd, 2020|Opinions & Editorials|

There are 58 named 14ers in Colorado, yet they still get crowded in the summer months. Reports show they continue to get busier each year, with the Front Range in particular attracting thousands annually. The [...]

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What Mountaineering Can Teach You About Surviving This Pandemic

By |2020-10-08T02:56:05+00:00April 15th, 2020|Opinions & Editorials|

As COVID-19 forces us to remain at home, I can't help but dream about the mountains and 14ers I miss. However, as I do, I've realized that mountaineering has a lot to teach us about [...]

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After Aconcagua, Patricia Ackerman Set Her Sight on Her Next Summit: Congress

By |2020-10-08T03:54:28+00:00April 8th, 2020|Opinions & Editorials|

For Patricia, there was never a clear moment she decided to become a mountaineer. She said, "It was really an evolution. I was hiking, and then backpacking, and then trekking, and then high-altitude trekking, and [...]

Here’s Why Driving to the Mountains Right Now Is a Bad Idea

By |2020-10-08T14:56:23+00:00March 27th, 2020|Opinions & Editorials|

Over the past 72 hours, many of the mountainous regions in the Western US have declared some kind of Shelter-in-place order, encouraging residents to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel. In light of these developments, [...]

Coronavirus and 14ers: Should I Still Hike & Climb?

By |2020-10-08T15:26:16+00:00March 14th, 2020|Opinions & Editorials|

UPDATE: On March 26, Colorado issued a Stay At Home Order. I strongly urge readers to follow recommendations of the city of Denver and avoid travelling to the mountains for the time being. Instead, take [...]

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Stop Unleashing Your Poorly Trained Dogs on 14ers

By |2020-10-08T16:00:28+00:00March 1st, 2020|Opinions & Editorials|

On a warm summer day in the Southern Colony Lakes Basin, I remember making my morning coffee just after leaving my tent. I sat with a steaming cup and stared at the Crestones above. I'd [...]

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Your Poor Decision-Making Puts Search & Rescue at Risk!

By |2020-10-08T19:12:53+00:00January 31st, 2020|Opinions & Editorials|

Mountaineering is inherently risky - but there is general agreement that you can mitigate a lot of it with the right gear and experience. However, some climbers always decide that they like the risk, and [...]

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