Climbing Colorado's Fourteeners: From the Easiest Hikes to the Most Challenging Climbs

Climbing Colorado's Fourteeners: From the Easiest Hikes to the Most Challenging Climbs

by Chris Meehan

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Climbing Colorado's Fourteeners: From the Easiest Hikes to the Most Challenging Climbs by Chris Meehan

Taking on one of Colorado’s 53 fourteeners—from stately Longs Peak and the iconic Maroon Bells to the easy to access Mt. Bierstadt—is becoming a pilgrimage for Colorado’s residents and its visitors. While more people than ever are climbing them, there’s still a dearth of good information about each mountain and its surrounding areas. Hiking Colorado’s Fourteeners fills that gap by informing adventurers—from the freshly-booted novice to the grizzled mountaineer—about each of Colorado’s iconic mountains over 14,000 feet tall.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493019700
Publisher: Falcon Guides
Publication date: 06/15/2016
Series: Regional Hiking Series
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 492,521
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Chris Meehan grew up in the shadows of the Appalachians where he cultivated a love of the outdoors. He has written for Outdoor USA Magazine, Westword, Sun & Wind Energy, among other publications. A former Colorado mountain guide, he has taken children as young as 12 and people in their 70s to the top of Colorado’s fourteeners, and has hiked some of Colorado’s toughest mountains including Little Bear, Longs Peak and Sunlight Peak. .

Table of Contents

Fourteeners Peak Bagging List Elevation viii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments x

Introduction 1

Colorado's Fourteeners (Ranges and Locations) 2

History 3

Geology 4

Ranking the Fourteeners 4

Weather 4

Flora and Fauna 6

Wilderness Restrictions/Regulations 7

Leave No Trace 8

Peak Celebrations/Respecting Wilderness 8

Winter Climbing/Winter Mountaineering 8

Hiking with Dogs 9

Climbing Classifications 9

Safety 10

The Ten Essentials 14

Appropriate Gear 15

How to Use This Guide 17

Why Two Mountain Elevations? 17

Route Map 18

Getting Additional Route Information 18

Travel Information 18

Roads 18

General Information 18

Area Codes 19

Wildland and Park Contact Information 19

Map Legend 20

The Climbs

Easy Fourteeners 21

1 Mount Cross 22

2 Handies Peak 26

3 Mount Democrat 31

4 Mount Sherman 36

5 Grays Peak 40

6 Quandary Peak 44

7 Mount Biersradt 49

8 Mount Elbert 53

9 San Luis Peak 58

10 Huron Peak 62

11 Torreys Peak 66

12 Mount Lincoln and Mount Cameron 70

13 Mount Evans 74

Hard Fourteeners 78

14 Redcloud Peak 79

15 Mount Belford 84

16 Culebra Peak 88

17 Sunshine Peak 92

18 Mount Oxford 97

19 Mount Shavano 101

20 Mount Princeton 105

21 Mount Missive 109

22 Pikes Peak 113

23 Mount Columbia 118

24 Missouri Mountain 122

25 Mount Yale 127

26 La Plata Peak 131

27 Mount Antero 135

Harder Fourteeners 139

28 Uncompahgre Peak 140

29 Tabeguache Peak 145

30 Mount Harvard 149

31 Humboldt Peak 153

32 Challenger Point 157

33 Mount Sneffels 162

34 Mount of the Holy Cross 166

35 Castle Peak 171

36 Mount Lindsey 176

37 Ellingwood Point 181

38 Blanca Peak 186

37 Window Peak 193

Hardest Fourteeners 198

40 Wilson Peak 199

41 Wetterhorn Peak 204

42 Kit Carson Peak 209

43 Longs Peak 214

44 Mount Eolus and North Eolus 220

45 Mount Wilson 225

46 Pyramid Peak 230

47 South Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak 235

48 Sunlight Peak 242

49 Crestone Needle 248

50 Crestone Peak 253

51 Little Bear Peak 258

52 Snowmass Mountain 264

53 Capitol Peak 269

Appendix A Mountain Clubs, Organizations, and Resources 274

Appendix B Further Reading 276

About the Author 277

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