How do I spend my lunch breaks? Planning the mountains that I want to climb this summer of course. 14ers are kind of a thing for us Colorado folk, and I even have a T-shirt that has a list of 14ers that can be checked off. There are approximately 54 (53 if you’re Wikipedia) 14ers in the state of Colorado, and one bucket list item for many Coloradans is to climb all of these peaks. In my own 14er career over the past two summers I have climbed eight.
This summer, I have ambitious plans to climb 14 14ers. I think it will be a good summer for 14ers, since because Colorado had no winter this year 14er season will start much earlier than usual.
Number one on the list and in my heart, Longs Peak is an absolute must for me this year. It is happening. I have also noted Handies Peak as a “Cousin 14er”. My awesome cousin Jen and I have some great Colorado traditions going, including annual cousin 14ers and cousin ski dates. Last year we did Castle Peak and Mt. Elbert, and the previous summer we hiked Mt. Harvard. This year we want to do a weekend in southwestern Colorado (because it is possibly the most gorgeous place on earth) in the Telluride/Ouray area, and so Handies Peak should be a perfect addition! Mt. Lincoln, Democrat and Cameron are an “easy” 14er trip in the front range that I just haven’t gotten around to doing yet. Pikes Peak is another must on my list. Who am I kidding, these are all musts!
Is it summer yet?
Cousin 14er – Mt. Harvard.
Mt. Elbert. Highest 14er in CO.
Sunrise 14er. Coolest experience ever.