14erFred wrote:14er trivia question: Who is credited with the most first ascents of Colorado 14ers?
Two climbers together made the 1st ascent of six Colorado 14ers, all during the summer of 1874: Franklin Rhoda and Allen David Wilson. Together as part of the Hayden Survey, they made first ascents of Sunshine, Uncompahgre, Sneffels, Handies, San Luis, and Mount Wilson. Mount Rhoda (13,412 ft.) in San Juan County is named for Franklin Rhoda. Both Mount Wilson and Wilson Peak are named for A. D. Wilson.
But Jim Davies' answer of "unknown miners" is probably the best! rijaca's bonus question
is tough: Who has the most first winter ascents of Colorado 14ers?
I second Matt's well-considered answer of "Lou Dawson," although I have no documentation to corroborate this answer.
However, in snooping around to try to find an answer to rijaca's brain-teaser, I stumbled upon the following TR about Tom Mereness, who was the first person to climb the Colorado 14ers in Winter -- it's a fascinating read:http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=9684&parmuser=sgladbach&np=2&cpgm=tripuser