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Re: Opinions: Best 14er to finish on...

Postby nfire » Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:08 pm

fleetmack wrote:Can't speak for a finisher as I don't plan on finishing them, but I can tell you which one to do second-to-last.

Columbia. My opinion is that one should only climb this once that person is positive he or she will climb all of the 14ers, but don't do it last, because you want to enjoy your final 14er.


semitrueskerm wrote:Off all the 14ers, Columbia is the one I'm least looking forward to climbing. Hope to catch it in the winter.

how bout climbing it from frenchman, i did and it was great.

i've posted this a million times on this board.

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Re: Opinions: Best 14er to finish on...

Postby ameristrat » Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:17 pm

I'm a long way off - only appraoching halftime - but I'm planning on Holy Cross as my finisher.
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Re: Opinions: Best 14er to finish on...

Postby smoove » Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:20 pm

I'm just hoping that none of the 14ers are my finisher.

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Re: Opinions: Best 14er to finish on...

Postby Billy the Kid » Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:23 pm

With the peaks I have remaining, I have decided to finish on San Luis. I wanted to pick an easier peak that family and friends could join me on, even if they did NOT have a lot of 14er experience. I chose to avoid and Class-4 and 3 peaks, as not everyone would or should climb these...just another way to look at it. Whatever you decide, I'm sure the experience will be something you will never forget!!
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Re: Opinions: Best 14er to finish on...

Postby mountainjam » Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:44 pm

Billy the Kid wrote: I wanted to pick an easier peak that family and friends could join me on, even if they did NOT have a lot of 14er experience.

I went with the same thinking as this except I chose Handies as my finisher. It was a short and easy day (good for friends and family that don't hike a lot) and incredibly scenic. After the hike we drove to Lake City and had a great time celebrating. Fun times for sure!
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Re: Opinions: Best 14er to finish on...

Postby painless4u2 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:46 pm

I do recall other threads on this, but anyway looks like it has worked out to be Culebra for me. Not the most ideal for some, I'm sure, but I've avoided paying the $100 as long as possible. Also, I've now convinced my wife to join me on this one to help me celebrate (will be her first 14er), as it's a gentle walk-up. Of course, now I'm going to be out $200!
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Re: Opinions: Best 14er to finish on...

Postby MtHurd » Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:46 pm

I didn't plan on finishing on any particular 14er because I never really planned on climbing them all. But after 30 years, I only had two left, Missouri and Massive. I did Missouri second to last via Clohesy Lake (beautiful lake, way better than doing it via Missouri Gulch) and then finished off on Massive. I had approx. 10 friends join me with some home brew on the summit. It couldn't have worked out better.

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Re: Opinions: Best 14er to finish on...

Postby ChrisinAZ » Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:57 pm

Longs - iconic, spectacular peak to finish on. Ditto for Capitol, N Maroon, and Sneffels
Pikes or Evans - non-hikers can join you for the celebration
Crestone Needle/Peak - if you want to save the most fun ones for last
Chicago Basin - if you like your finishers on the remote, rugged, and beautiful side
Uncompahgre - if you want to finish with the best views (IMHO) of any 14er. Handies comes pretty close

Peaks that I'd find less ideal for finishing on: Elbert (yeah, it's the highest, but not all that interesting besides that), Antero (ATVs), Culebra (pricey and not very interesting), Wilsons group (worthy climbs, but loose enough to detract from the enjoyment of finishing), Sherman or Bross (because they're Sherman and Bross).

As for me, I'm planning to finish on Holy Cross via Halo Ridge next summer. It looks like a gorgeous area, is tough enough to be worthy of being a finisher, but is easy enough that it should be quite doable on a good-weather day. If you're the religious sort, it'd have added significance too...
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Re: Opinions: Best 14er to finish on...

Postby Brian Thomas » Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:02 pm

ChrisinAZ wrote:If you're the religious sort, it'd have added significance too...

Would you like to borrow Jesus Bear for your Holy Cross finisher?
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Re: Opinions: Best 14er to finish on...

Postby nkan02 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:07 pm

I gave it some thought and came to the conclusion that it really doesn't matter. The weather and logistics decided for me. I would have been entirely content with any of my last 4 (MHC, WP, MW, El Diente). I was just so happy to be done with the list!

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Re: Opinions: Best 14er to finish on...

Postby SolarAlex » Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:09 pm

id like to finish on pikes so my family could join the moment. they dont hike, but im sure they manage to drive the road to the top. but thats so far in the future for me i try not to even think about it


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