Thruhike of the 14ers

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Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby Doctor No » Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:17 pm

Stephen Butler wrote:Wow. This is an awesome adventure. I hope there will be a trip report once they are finished.


The 2013 Thruhike, volume one of 130. :lol:

(But yes, I agree 100%)
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Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby Derby Ale » Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:35 pm

Any updates on well being with this weather? I thought they were going for Pikes today.
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Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby Jim Davies » Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:01 pm

Their SPOT page indicates they summitted at 8:52 this morning. I imagine they're kind of wet. This storm hasn't been producing much thunder, at least in the city, so they're probably OK. It probably rains this much every week on the Appalachian Trail. :)
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Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby jdawud » Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:42 pm

Yeah, we're wet. Pikes was snowy but not very thundery. We walked to Florisant afterwards and will pick up a package tomorrow morning before heading out. 12 left and tomorrow we'll ht 1000 miles.

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Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby cheeseburglar » Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:20 pm

I'm jealous and enjoy this story unfolding.
Probably almost like hiking in the pacific northwest with the moisture this week!
Indian summer is just around the corner. Maybe not next week but probably the week after.
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Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby Klinger1986 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:24 pm

Is all this flooding going to jeopardize their trip?
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Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby Dean Hoisington » Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:09 pm

I would be surprised if this were to affect the trip majorly. They're prepared for weather, and are largely South of the major rain totals. They are likely to be wet and miserable for a while, but they had that earlier in the trip too. It's been said, but I agree... barring major injury, I think we can expect a strong finish around September 30th / October 1st.
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Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby Jakomait » Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:21 pm

Saw him walking down Hwy 9 to Fairplay this am! Definitely the less glamours side of the journey.
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Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby d_baker » Sun Sep 15, 2013 2:01 am

Klinger1986 wrote:Is all this flooding going to jeopardize their trip?

With the closing of RMNP and lack of access to the Longs TH, I say yes.
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Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby Ross_Browne » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:10 pm

Probably the worst obstacle would be a washed out bridge, leading to a dangerous river crossing. But as long as they are hiking cross country, they are not subject to road closures. If they can find an overland route into the park, they could still make it. We will have to look at the maps and see which bridges survived the flood. Even if 72 is washed out, they can hike north along 40, assuming the bridge north of Granby is still intact, and approach Long's Peak from the west. I wish them luck but more importantly, I hope the people who are cut off from civilization are safe, and I hope the people who are still unaccounted for are safe.
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Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby d_baker » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:17 pm

But if the park is closed, will they ignore that obstacle
too?
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Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby jdorje » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:26 pm

In two weeks will the park still be closed?

What about 4 weeks? The thru-hike doesn't demand continuity...you can leave the hiking route as long as you return to it...

Or what about 40 weeks? Even in a worst case, I'd imagine they could return to the route and finish then.
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