Advice for a first timer

FAQ and threads for those just starting to hike the Colorado 14ers.
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Re: Advice for a first timer

Postby aussie56 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:59 am

If you do Sherman you have to park way down at the Leavick mine to get 3k feet so road is not an issue

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Re: Advice for a first timer

Postby SurfNTurf » Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:17 am

Bierstadt is slightly easier than Quandary in my opinion, but they're so similar it's pretty negligible. If you can do one you can do both. There is no scrambling on either unless you take the East Ridge of Bierstadt or the West Ridge of Quandary, or cross the Sawtooth to Evans. The top 200-300 feet on Bierstadt is only Class 2.
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Re: Advice for a first timer

Postby Scott P » Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:39 am

It doesn’t matter that much which is easiest. Niether is severely more difficult than the other and if you can do one you can do the other.

As long as you are reasonable healthy and take a bit of time to acclimatize, either one should be in your reach.
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