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My 14er record attempt

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Re: My 14er record attempt

Postby MUni Rider » Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:45 pm

I was in Chicago Basin/Needle Creek area area this weekend so I missed following the last part of this adventure. That was a great run on the 14ers Homie! You did more than most mortals couild ever accomplish!

My original plans called for me to get the four peaks in the Chicago group in two days. I decided on 1 day after following the first 5 days of your adventure. You are an inspiration. Thank you, to you and your team for including all of us, in allowing us to follow along your journey.

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Re: My 14er record attempt

Postby Doctor No » Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:56 pm

Just curious, but I'd love to see a book result out of this. The record itself is so amazing, and the pursuit was so inspiring to those of us who take an entire day to climb one peak (if we're lucky).

(Ignoring the obvious joke that a book could be written just by CTRL-C/CTRL-V on this thread. :lol: )

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Re: My 14er record attempt

Postby jdorje » Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:05 pm

I did 40% of a Homie day today.

EDIT: a Homie Day is 12500 vertical feet.
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Re: My 14er record attempt

Postby Get Rhythm » Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:53 am

Hey John,

When word went out on the Minions email list that you were going for the 14ers record, I was elated and inspired. It was a blast "watching" you laying it on the line and seeing so many people put their hopes on your shoulders and shins. Your week of running and climbing was an amazing accomplishment. I hope all is well with you and yours and that your injuries have healed. This epic didn't kill you, so I hope it made you stronger. You certainly have made this community stronger - it motivated me to register after being a lurker since the site opened!

I'm sure many here would love to hear your side of the story. Please tell it when you have the time.

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Re: My 14er record attempt

Postby ThuChad » Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:41 am

jdorje wrote:I did 40% of a Homie day today.

I like this thought. I propose the community start using a new word. Definitions are flexible.

Homie -- adjective
Definition of homie - A crazy intense day or more of completely burning up the trail. In a sentence - "I did 40% of a Homie day today."

Homied -- verb
In a sentence - "You f#@#in homied the Wilson group."

Any other additions or variations are welcome. :lol:
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Re: My 14er record attempt

Postby djkest » Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:08 am

ThuChad wrote:
jdorje wrote:I did 40% of a Homie day today.

I like this thought. I propose the community start using a new word. Definitions are flexible.

Homie -- adjective
Definition of homie - A crazy intense day or more of completely burning up the trail. In a sentence - "I did 40% of a Homie day today."

Homied -- verb
In a sentence - "You f#@#in homied the Wilson group."

Any other additions or variations are welcome. :lol:

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Re: My 14er record attempt

Postby herdbull » Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:36 am

Sorry I've been gone (climbing 14ers) and not able to read through 140 some pages of responses but I have a question. I was on Columbia on 9/1 and ran into someone (Eric) I believe, going for a record. I believe it was this speed record. I talked briefly with his pacer and was later passed by then while descending.

Is he here? Or was he here? I now have this total sinking feeling and feeling of remorse for not stopping when I passed him laying on the side of the trail and recovering. A feeling of total toolness comes to mind as well. If anything can someone point me to the page or thread on his attempt? I wanted to shake his hand and say thank you for being such an inspiration. It was humbling to see him run past me and I even caught a bit of video of them as they blew past me.

Thanks everyone and sorry for not being able to follow along. I just returned home back to WI last night and this has been on my mind the whole way home.

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Re: My 14er record attempt

Postby susanjoypaul » Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:41 am

It's here, and it was a lot of fun to watch! I won't ruin the ending for you... you'll just have to read the whole thread :-D

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Re: My 14er record attempt

Postby YEONDERIN » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:17 am

With Homiecomming week still in our recent memories I find myself thinking not so much about breaking records but rather about breaking out of our comfort zone. This seems to be a quality present in many of those we look up to such as Homie, Cave Dog etc. Last night while riding my bike home from work I passed what appeared to be several blind people jogging, each with a pacer by their side. It was one of those lump-in-the -throat moments for me as I slowed down to watch each of them breaking out of their comfort zone and finding their own Homie experience, even if only for a few minutes. I wonder how many blind people have climbed 14ers? How many people around us are battling through a Homie day for them and we don’t even notice? While this week was certainly about breaking a record, at least on the surface, I’m glad that for many of us it had a much deeper effect. Thanks Homie, Cave Dog and your teams. You have helped me in some very unexpected ways.
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Re: My 14er record attempt

Postby Obese_goat » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:53 am

Hell yes yeonderin! The first person who comes to mind from your post is Erik Weihenmayer. He is blind, he is from boulder, and he has climbed Everest! Dude is amazing. He beat like 8 other teams of 3 to the finish 2nd place on a tv show called expedition impossible. They were climbing up and down mountains, rappelling, zip lining, cliff diving, kayaking, and driving through morrocco while solving puzzles. Kinda like the amazing race. I use to see blind people skiing at winter park all the time becasue it is the number 1 disability resort in the country or something. It always blew my mind. Its always humbling to see somebody who is less fortunate doing something you can barely even think of trying as a fully capable person. Love reading inspirational stories like those of Homie, Cavedog, and Erik. Amazing individuals for sure! Homie is a beast! Its unfortunate his injuries plagued him but damn he made one hell of an impressive effort! Maybe next year! Much respect to all involved in this record attempt!
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Re: My 14er record attempt

Postby Dan England » Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:11 pm

Here's my story on Prater's record attempt nearly a year later. It's long, but you all inspired me to write it:


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