How Did/Will You Pick Your Finishing Peak?

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How Did/Will You Pick Your Finishing Peak?

Postby GeezerClimber » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:56 am

Since my peak list got over 40, I've been thinking about which remaining peak I want to be my last. I'm guessing there are some cool stories or reasons out there for picking a finisher. Let's hear 'em.

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Re: How Did/Will You Pick Your Finishing Peak?

Postby aliciaf » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:00 am

I believe there was a very similar post just recently. Can't seem to find it right now, maybe someone else will have the link to the thread for you to look through.
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Re: How Did/Will You Pick Your Finishing Peak?

Postby geojed » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:03 am

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Re: How Did/Will You Pick Your Finishing Peak?

Postby Scott P » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:26 am

More or less, which 14ers I have done first and last depended on the distance from wherever I was living and/or working.

The biggest exception was that I finished the Sawatch before the Elks because the Sawatch typically have safer winter routes (winter is when I did the majority of the Sawatch Peaks).

My first 14ers were Sneffels, Wilson Peak, Mt Wilson and El Diente because I was working in Naturita/Telluride at the time and they were the closest.

Now that I live in Craig, with the exception of Snowmass (which will probably be next), more or less, the rest of the 14ers I have left are the farthest ones from my house so it could be any one of those and which one is last doesn't matter to me much.

I imagine Culebra will probably be my last since it’s farthest from my house and everyone has to pay to climb it.
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Re: How Did/Will You Pick Your Finishing Peak?

Postby YooperJonKornely » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:46 am

I'm still FAR off... but I'm keeping Elbert saved up just in case. It's one of the easier hikes so when that day comes hopefully I can bring a few friends, and why not save the tallest for last!
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Re: How Did/Will You Pick Your Finishing Peak?

Postby GeezerClimber » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:36 am

geojed wrote:Recent forum thread is here:

http://14ers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=37533


I did a search and that one didn't turn up. Nevertheless, that thread looks for opinions, I'm looking for stories. I hope there are more out there.

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Re: How Did/Will You Pick Your Finishing Peak?

Postby timberlinecolorado56 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:46 am

I am currently at 40 14ers but I've had my last 14er picked out for a while. Holy Cross will be my last. I am a Christian and I want to end on Holy Cross as a way of glorifying God. He's the one that has blessed me with the ability and resources to climb all the 14ers and I want finishing on Holy Cross to be a symbol of that. Some hiking partners of mine from several years ago had that same desire and just finished on Holy Cross in August with all their families in attendance. Not much of a story but that is how I picked my finishing peak. Now I just can't wait to get there!
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Re: How Did/Will You Pick Your Finishing Peak?

Postby J-RockandRockpile » Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:46 am

Personally I want something easy for my last. Get all the hard stuff done and out of the way and then tackle something like Handies in the San Juans for my finisher.

Which at my pace won't be fore a long time
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Re: How Did/Will You Pick Your Finishing Peak?

Postby SurfNTurf » Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:51 am

I went back to finish on the first 14er I attempted. I failed the first time because I am an idiot.

Sneffels is also an iconic mountain with, in my opinion, Top 3 summit views.
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Re: How Did/Will You Pick Your Finishing Peak?

Postby Tornadoman » Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:03 pm

jofkorn1037 wrote:I'm still FAR off... but I'm keeping Elbert saved up just in case. It's one of the easier hikes so when that day comes hopefully I can bring a few friends, and why not save the tallest for last!


I am in the same boat, I am leaning toward Elbert (just over halfway through). Kind of want to do an easier one last where some friends can join me, and it won't be as stressful as a difficult peak!
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Re: How Did/Will You Pick Your Finishing Peak?

Postby James Scott » Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:31 pm

I had planned to finish on Uncompahgre because it's a bit easier so I could take friends, I wouldn't have any stress from the climbing, and it is so iconic and the views are amazing. Two weeks before, I went to do the Wilsons, and only completed Wilson Peak. So after getting Uncomhahgre (and San Luis) when I had already planned them, I had to wait a couple more weeks and do the El Diente > Mt Wilson traverse. It had my attention and tested my abilities, but I also completely loved it and it felt good!

Then I met my wife in Buena Vista for a celebratory meal and a stay at a bed and breakfast.
Then she made me 59 cupcakes, which I decorated for each 14er, and we had a big beer & cupcake party celebration.
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Re: How Did/Will You Pick Your Finishing Peak?

Postby tylermacguire » Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:44 pm

If I am ever fortunate enough to finish I will do it on Pikes Peak. My ideal plan would be to drive to the top in the Spring and snowboard down. I would then climb back to the summit. By doing so, my wife and some other family /friends that don't climb 14ers can celebrate with me at the finish line.

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