55 14ers in 55 days - question

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55 14ers in 55 days - question

Postby ColoradoCalamity » Mon Jun 18, 2007 5:33 pm

Hey climbers,

Just wondering if anyone has any statistics on how many people have summitted the 55 14ers in 55 days? My girlfriend and I are attempting to do it this summer to raise money for my local YMCA; today is day 16 and we've completed 19 peaks, including all of the San Juans and a few of the Sawatch. We figured we better get the statistics on how many people have done this and perhaps how old they were (I'm 23, my girlfriend is just turning 22).

We'd really appreciate any information that you might have. Thanks!
55 peaks in 55 days! Summer, 2007.

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Postby RockParkour » Thu Jun 21, 2007 4:16 pm

Wow! I wish I had the time off work for that!

What kind of experience did you have before starting?

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Postby TK » Thu Jun 21, 2007 10:18 pm

Can't give you a list of how many people have done it in 55 days. However, I believe the record is still held by Cavedog, who completed all 14ers in 10 days, 20 hours, 26 minutes!

Keep us posted on the 55 day project. We've got a great forum for trip reports.

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Postby El Vecio Bepi » Sat Jun 30, 2007 7:14 am

Dude--get off the computer and start climbing if you want to finish in time!

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Postby otr13 » Sat Jun 30, 2007 1:14 pm

I believe the record is still held by Cavedog, who completed all 14ers in 10 days, 20 hours, 26 minutes!

*Scratches my head*
How is that even possible...helicopter?...time warp?? w/the Devil???
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Postby pbakwin » Sat Jun 30, 2007 2:48 pm

How is it possible? The usual elements:

* Meticulous planning
* Remarkable fitness
* Excellent support

Cavedog had it all. I wonder what happened to him.
I can't even find his website anymore. ? Probably
stuck in a cube somewhere.

Another amazing speed record was Andrew Hamilton's
sub-20 days doing all the 14ers (except Culebra)
entirely self powered! He rode his bike between the
trail heads. Andrew became annoyed by the "rules" for 14ers
speed records (such as the 3000 foot rule, or whatever), so
figured this was the cleanest way to do it.

Who's going to be the first to do them all entirely on foot?

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Postby cftbq » Sat Jun 30, 2007 3:28 pm

First of all, kudos for trying! I also don't know how many people fall into this category, but the number must be pretty small. You're in elite company, no matter what.
As to Cave Dog: Of course I have only the greatest respect for his fitness and accomplishments, but a little digging revealed that he only "started the clock" on his 14ers record after hiking up into Chicago Basin to start with Windom/Sunlight/Eolus. Thus, I'm not at all sure that Andrew Hamilton's previous record of ten days and some number of hours (I forget the exact figure) shouldn't still be recognized as the "record" for a supported tour de 14ers. And his self-propelled record is a truly impressive accomplishment, and is likely to stand for a long time.
Peter, I'm with you: I'm waiting for somebody to do it all on foot; that will truly be a record to be proud of!
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Postby pbakwin » Sat Jun 30, 2007 4:16 pm

Given the wierd and very artificial "3000 foot rule" (or is it 2000?
I can't keep it straight), Cave Dog's approach would make a lot
of sense. It seems to conform to the "rule". You could stop the
clock 3000 (or whatever) feet below the summit of the last peak.

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Postby John Prater » Sat Jun 30, 2007 10:06 pm

pbakwin wrote:Who's going to be the first to do them all entirely on foot?

Perhaps this has been done? See the last paragraph here.

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Postby James Scott » Sun Jul 01, 2007 12:27 pm

I really envy this opportunity. For years I've dreamed of trying to do all 14ers in one summer, or even in 31 days. Making mock schedules and choosing the order is really fun. I just can't imagine freeing 31 straight days to just climb mountians. Too many responsibilities.
I wish you guys well and will root for you from the sidelines. Definitely post how you do at the end!
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Postby Rockymtnhigh69 » Sun Jul 01, 2007 2:12 pm

didnt Cave Dog spend a few weeks in the hospital after finishing his feat? Pretty sure he did..
On my first take-off, I hit second gear and went through the speed limit on a two-lane blacktop highway full of ranch traffic. By the time I went up to third, I was going 75 and the tach was barely above 4000 rpm....
And that's when the Ducati got its second wind. From 4000 to 6000 in third will take you from 75 mph to 95 in two seconds - and after that, Bubba, you still have fourth, fifth, and sixth. Ho, ho.

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Postby wasclywabbit » Sun Jul 01, 2007 4:09 pm

Here's a link to his web page:

It doesn't say anythng about him staying in a hospital but he did head down to Albuquerque for a rest afterwards.

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