Age When Lost 14er Virginity?

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How old were you when you climbed your first 14er?

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Re: Age When Lost 14er Virginity?

Postby Dean Hoisington » Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:30 pm

20 on Gray's / Torrey's. That was August 9th of this year, and I am planning to finish up my tenth 14er at DeCaLiBron this weekend. Things have been moving fast!

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Re: Age When Lost 14er Virginity?

Postby momndaughter » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:00 am

38 - two summers ago. Lived here all my life and never thought to climb one before that. But 2/3 of my children will be able to respond with 14 (daughter, hence the username) and 7 (son, hiked his first last month).

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Re: Age When Lost 14er Virginity?

Postby Dan Wiedrich » Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:46 am

Age 16 - Long's Peak. Although I could claim age 5 I hiked to the top of Evans from the summit parking lot.

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Re: Age When Lost 14er Virginity?

Postby MRottmann » Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:01 pm

42 - Elbert in 2009.

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Re: Age When Lost 14er Virginity?

Postby Skip Perkins » Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:24 pm

40 - Longs - 1987
Perseverance - The courage to ignore the obvious wisdom of turning back.

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Re: Age When Lost 14er Virginity?

Postby drewski » Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:35 pm

20 on Mt. Princeton. I went up and down the north side from Cottonwood Lake. It was a class 3 or 4 route. Talk about not knowing any better, but there weren't any websites or guidebooks in the 70's.

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Re: Age When Lost 14er Virginity?

Postby JROSKA » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:21 pm

I was 41 years and 139 days old, June 25, 2010, Mt. Democrat. That is, if you ignore the 3000 foot rule, otherwise I have to go with Quandary 32 days later. I count Democrat because I was so out of shape, that 2200 feet wore me out twice as much as 4500 feet does today. :)

I can answer for two others who I introduced to 14ers - 43 (Mt. Lincoln) and 24 (Uncompahgre). I'll bet Uncompahgre is one of the more rare entries as "first 14er".

Interesting poll results. I wonder why, after a steady decline through the 20's and 30's, there is a sudden spike of people attempting their first 14er in their 40's. People attempting to do recreational things with their kids as they enter the teenage years, maybe?

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Re: Age When Lost 14er Virginity?

Postby jsdratm » Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:14 am

When I was 25 I moved to Colorado Springs and foolishly tried hiking the Crags route within a week or so, failing to make it beyond treeline! I was really out of shape after living in the midwest, where there are no significant hills to walk up. That winter, I explored the Pike National Forest, doing smaller stuff like Cheyenne Mountain, Mount Rosa, Tuckaway Peak and the incline. In June of 2011, I tried Pikes from the Crags route again, this time successful!

Since moving to Colorado, I've done things I never thought I would ever consider doing. :)

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Re: Age When Lost 14er Virginity?

Postby vip-valet1 » Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:25 am

I was 19 at the time and it was on Longs. I remember everyone telling me that you cant last very long on your first time. couple minutes tops! So naturally I was quite surprised when my first time last hours and hours...we began in the dark like 3 o clock in the morning. Went at it all night and watched the sunrise in the morning when we finished wt me on top.

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Re: Age When Lost 14er Virginity?

Postby Finestkind » Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:27 am

59 along with two friends who were both 60.
Democrat was the first, Sherman the next day.

Still coming out every summer - we can't wait for next year.

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Re: Age When Lost 14er Virginity?

Postby heathahhhh » Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:22 am

24 years old, Mount Shavano June 2011
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!"

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Re: Age When Lost 14er Virginity?

Postby blderhiker » Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:52 am

23 back in 2008 Longs Peak


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