Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Colorado 14'ers - 8 in 5

when i picked sean meissner up at the denver airport he was holding an old school book about the 55 colorado 14'ers called colorado's fourteeners,  14,000 foot mountains are high, very high. to put it into persepective mount rainier is 14,410 feet high and it's not uncommon for climbers to get altitude sickness before the summit.  i've seen it happen first hand.

flipping the book open sean says that there are two 14'ers on our drive to leadville.  perfect.  that got me started, then i managed to summit eight 14ers in the next 5 days.

below is some details, pics and videos i took.. simply to share the adventure.  i LOVE Colorado Mountains!!

Friday July 2, 2010 - Grays Peak (14,278ft) & Torreys Peak (14,267ft)
gray's peak with sean meissner.  i'm going to guess that summiting 2x 14ers the day before the leadville marathon did not help his performance.. which makes me really appreciate the fact that he wanted to do this and share my 1st 14er with me!

Running down Torreys Peak after summiting..

Saturday July 3, 2010 - Mount Elbert (14,433 feet)

i watched sean and my client jen nichols finish their leadville marathons, then i headed out to get the highest summit in colorado, 2nd highest in contiguous US... mount elbert at 14,433ft!! i felt good and tried to run/hike fast. managed the 4,500 ft climb to the summit in 1hr 45min and hammered the 4,500ft down in 51mins.

Sunday July 4, 2010 - Mount Massive (14,421 ft)
today my coaching client jen nichols, sean meissner and myself set out for a good hike up, run down the 2nd highest colorado 14er - mount massive at 14,421 ft. it was jen's first 14er!!

Monday July 5th 2010 - Missouri Mtn (14,067 ft), Mt Oxford (14,153 ft), Mt Belford (14,197 ft)
i wasn't feeling great to start, but i was moving pretty good. a nice hiker on the way down said "at the speed your moving you can get all three summits!"... and so i did the 15miles w/7,000ft of gain to get Missouri Mtn 14,067ft, Mt Oxford 14,153ft, Mt Belford 14,197ft

as you can see in the video running the east ridge of missouri was amazing.  in an attempt to make a loop out of it i descended the west ridge toward elkhead pass.  it wasn't a great decision.  i feared for my life on the "rotten" and dangerously loose class 4/5 slopes.  the book says "This routes Class 4 rating disguises a serious and dangerous climb.  What should be Missouri's premier mountaineering route is so rotten that it is relegated to this authors nightmares."  ah, yeah so i read that after the fact.

Tuesday July 6, 2010 - Mount Shavano (14,229 ft)
today i was super tired. this was a straight hike, no running at all on the way up. i also had plans of hitting tabeguache peak after shavano, but i knew very soon it wasn't going to happen. i need to rest!! mount shavano was a good 13 miles with 5,300ft of gain. sadly my last 14er for a while. here is the view from the summit looking at towards tabeguache peak.


mtnrunner2 said...

Nice peak-a-thon for 5 days!

I can attest that the weather was stellar on Monday, because I was just a few miles away on Mt Columbia. What an amazing day. I only see a few days off like that each summer, without any thunderstorms at all in the afternoon.

If you ever get the chance, Mt Columbia has a very nice runnable approach, and a good portion of nearby Mt Harvard is runnable depending on your energy level, but Columbia itself has about 2,000 feet of steep dirt and scree. I measured 40 degrees of slope. So, I used Kahtoola spikes with hiking shoes, and they worked great! I ran some of the flats parts anyway on the way down, because… who can resist running downhill? :)

BobbyDiesel said...

Last of the fourteeners until you move to Colorado...........