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Need suggestion for mulitple 14ers on consecutive days

Postby Mtnbird » Sun Jun 23, 2013 1:57 pm

I am attempting Rainier this summer with my husband and his dad. We have been out hiking 14ers with 40+ pound packs just about every weekend. We are looking for a training trip suggestion where we could do a backpack base camp and then do one 14er on one day and then a second one on the second day (instead of attempting two 14ers in a single day). We have already done Harvard and Columbia in this way a few years ago and also Sunlight, Eolus and Windom. Missouri and then Belford/Oxford looks like a possibility from Missouri Gulch though we have already done Belford and Oxford via this route and were hoping to hike new peaks if at all possible. Finding something with a good spot for a base camp with a water source is necessary. Thanks!

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Re: Need suggestion for mulitple 14ers on consecutive days

Postby Muskie5280 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 2:07 pm

From South Colony Lakes you can access Humboldt and The Crestones from there. Plenty of perfect camping spots there as well.

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Re: Need suggestion for mulitple 14ers on consecutive days

Postby Jim Davies » Sun Jun 23, 2013 3:44 pm

Blanca, Ellingwood, and Little Bear from Como Lake.
Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn from Matterhorn Creek.
Antero and Tabeguache from Browns Creek.
Mount Wilson and Wilson Peak from Navajo Lake.
Maroon Bells and Pyramid from Crater Lake.
If you widen your options to 13ers the choices are almost endless.
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Re: Need suggestion for mulitple 14ers on consecutive days

Postby nungunz » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:12 pm

Good luck on Rainer. I'm out here for the summer and have been keeping my eye on that mountain since I've gotten here. Sadly, I probably won't be making a summit attempt at it.

Good luck to you!

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Re: Need suggestion for mulitple 14ers on consecutive days

Postby Tory Wells » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:29 pm

Great suggestions so far. In addition to Missouri, Belford, and Oxford, you can access La Plata and Huron from the Missouri Gulch area, as well as multiple 13ers (Hope, Emerald, Iowa, Three Apostles...). I also know from experience it is a great place to camp. And if you want to shower, Leadville has pay showers ($5), as do the hot springs nearby in Buena Vista.
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Re: Need suggestion for mulitple 14ers on consecutive days

Postby Mtnbird » Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:28 pm

Wow! Thanks for all the great suggestions. They are much appreciated.



nungunz wrote:Good luck on Rainer. I'm out here for the summer and have been keeping my eye on that mountain since I've gotten here. Sadly, I probably won't be making a summit attempt at it.

Good luck to you!


Thanks! We are very excited for Rainier, though I must admit that carrying a 40-45 pound pack up 14ers week after week is getting old. With our big packs, we get a lot of inquisitive looks and questions about where we are camping:) Our usual mode is to pare down our pack weights as much as possible, so it is sort of fun to toss in a bunch of luxury items because we have to make our loads heavier for a change. Still, I am longing for the days when I can travel light again.

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