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Summit 58 at age 68! Finisher!

Postby Rock-a-Fella » Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:23 pm

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Summit 58 at age 68!

I am honored to announce that Martin Hidalgo has done it! 44 yrs in the making!

58th at 68!

Martin began his quest in 1968 (by climbing Longs Peak via the "Cable Route", long ago removed by the Park Service) and with “persistence" Martin answered that “Summit Call” many mountaineers hear NOT “giving in” to the many life challenges and priority alignments we all face.

I had the pleasure of climbing with Martin to the summits of Maroon and Little Bear this season. Along the way Martin has quite a few multiple summits along with many 13ers, 12ers and lower elevation peaks.

After a successful career, family ( his son, Pat on his own 14ers quest now) got back after them. 44yrs of Colorado Summit pursuits......... a heart felt Congratulations for a job well done!

Climb on Martin!! and thank you for allowing me to share in your journey!
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Re: Summit 58 at age 68! Finisher!

Postby d_baker » Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:28 pm

That's sweet!
Congratulations! I hope I'm still hiking & climbing peaks when I'm 68! You're an inspiration.
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Re: Summit 58 at age 68! Finisher!

Postby rockdoc53 » Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:30 pm

Damn!!! Martin topped me by ten years! I finished 58 last Saturday and I'm 58! It only took me 34 years to finish. Congrats Martin! Maybe we can race for the next one.
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Re: Summit 58 at age 68! Finisher!

Postby MtnHub » Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:32 pm

Outstanding!! Congratulations!! Climb on indeed!! =D> :-D
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Re: Summit 58 at age 68! Finisher!

Postby caverdude » Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:35 pm

Awesome job Martin! That's really cool that you are still climbing hard after 44+ years. Here's to many more decades of summits!
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Re: Summit 58 at age 68! Finisher!

Postby summitstep » Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:39 pm

Just amazing, Martin. So excited for you! Look at that smile! What a privilege to congratulate you! =D> =D> =D> =D>
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Re: Summit 58 at age 68! Finisher!

Postby Neil » Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:43 pm

Congratulations Martin! It's wonderful to see someone not racing off to them all in 2 or 3 years. I started my 14er adventure at 8 years old and will hit 40 peaks this year at age 34. Enjoying other pursuits, other peaks, and other types of climbing has been awesome, but I always return to 14ers with fondness and intend to finish next summer. Rock-a-Fella, thanks for sharing such a great story, and Martin, well, damn fine job -- nothing but respect and admiration amigo. Climb higher...
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Re: Summit 58 at age 68! Finisher!

Postby globreal » Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:54 pm

Congratulations Martin!

I am climbing these peaks, a lot in part due to the fact that I climbed Humboldt with a 74 year old! You too are proof we don't have to sit on a porch as we get older.

Climb on friend.
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Re: Summit 58 at age 68! Finisher!

Postby mattyanderson26 » Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:02 pm

Geez. Making us young folk look bad. Congrats!
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Re: Summit 58 at age 68! Finisher!

Postby jmc5040 » Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:09 pm

That's just awesome to hear... congratulations!
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Re: Summit 58 at age 68! Finisher!

Postby My-Therapy » Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:12 pm

Very Cool!!! Congrats on all of your summits, your a inspiration. =D>
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Re: Summit 58 at age 68! Finisher!

Postby Mountain Jon » Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:14 pm

This is Awesome! =D> \:D/ =D> Congratulations!

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