Free access to all fourteerners?

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Re: Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby peter303 » Fri May 10, 2013 1:59 pm

Fletch wrote:Between gas, gear, an the occasional motel, you'll easily drop a grand or two...

Sounds like another 14ers contest: record for the lowest cost to climb all the 14ers. Ground rules? Gas? Food? Equipment? Lodging? Fees?
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Re: Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby Jim Davies » Fri May 10, 2013 2:16 pm

Fletch wrote:Between gas, gear, an the occasional motel, you'll easily drop a grand or two...

Yes they are free, but free is relative I guess... :lol:

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Re: Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby TravelingMatt » Fri May 10, 2013 2:19 pm

$3 to park at Kite Lake (can be avoided by parking lower)
$10 for Maroon Lake (can be avoided by entering before booth is manned or after September 30)
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Re: Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby TallGrass » Fri May 10, 2013 2:25 pm

Even if there's a fee for RMNP, you can still get in free on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks.
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Re: Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby Bean » Fri May 10, 2013 2:33 pm

denvermikey wrote:Evans has a fee to drive the road (not sure of cost).

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Re: Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby denvermikey » Fri May 10, 2013 2:34 pm

peter303 wrote:
Fletch wrote:Between gas, gear, an the occasional motel, you'll easily drop a grand or two...

Sounds like another 14ers contest: record for the lowest cost to climb all the 14ers. Ground rules? Gas? Food? Equipment? Lodging? Fees?


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Re: Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby TravelingMatt » Fri May 10, 2013 2:39 pm

peter303 wrote:Sounds like another 14ers contest: record for the lowest cost to climb all the 14ers. Ground rules? Gas? Food? Equipment? Lodging? Fees?


At least one person has done all the 14ers by using only human power (walking, bicycling, skiing etc) between summits, and between summits and home. I guess it's still possible to spend money on hotels, campgrounds and access fees.
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Re: Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby Fisching » Fri May 10, 2013 4:03 pm

EatinHardtack wrote:Longs isn't free, there's a park entrance fee to access it. Don't give Culebra a look unless you want to pay. Pretty much everything else is up for grabs.


Technically, people are SUPPOSED to pay for using the Longs Peak area of the park (campground aside), but it's not enforced and relies on the honor system where the individual should proceed to an entrance station afterward their recreational use and pay.

fletch wrote:Between gas, gear, an the occasional motel, you'll easily drop a grand or two...

Just continually borrow gear that you have no intention of returning then bum rides off your friends and don't offer to pay split the gas. Boom! Problem solved.
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Re: Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby dpage » Fri May 10, 2013 4:27 pm

Fisching wrote:
EatinHardtack wrote:Longs isn't free, there's a park entrance fee to access it. Don't give Culebra a look unless you want to pay. Pretty much everything else is up for grabs.


Technically, people are SUPPOSED to pay for using the Longs Peak area of the park (campground aside), but it's not enforced and relies on the honor system where the individual should proceed to an entrance station afterward their recreational use and pay.

It would seem that the staffed ranger station at the Longs Peak TH would collect a fee if we were to pay for using that TH. It seems more like we pay a fee to drive on roads that are in the park's boundaries instead of accessing trails such as Twin Sisters, Lumpy Ridge, anything that enters the park from the north...
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Re: Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby peter303 » Fri May 10, 2013 4:40 pm

TravelingMatt wrote:
peter303 wrote:Sounds like another 14ers contest: record for the lowest cost to climb all the 14ers. Ground rules? Gas? Food? Equipment? Lodging? Fees?


At least one person has done all the 14ers by using only human power (walking, bicycling, skiing etc) between summits, and between summits and home. I guess it's still possible to spend money on hotels, campgrounds and access fees.


Food can become a significant extra cost if one adds a month or two to self-travel between all the peaks.
Athletic people coudl eat a lot.
I notice extra food is the most costly part of running, compared to the cost of gear.
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Re: Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby John Landers » Fri May 10, 2013 6:44 pm

Fletch wrote:Between gas, gear, an the occasional motel, you'll easily drop a grand or two...

Yes they are free, but free is relative I guess... :lol:



Still cheaper than some other vices I can think of....
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Re: Free access to all fourteerners?

Postby herdbull » Sat May 11, 2013 7:24 am

It's cheaper only until you get caught by the mtn climbing bug and expand your climbing to other countries and bigger mtns :-D

Ask me, I know first hand - haha.

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