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Training peaks

Postby MoonNerd » Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:34 pm

I have hiked several 14ers, and last year some co-workers expressed an interest in hiking Pikes Peak. They worked out for months trying to get ready for it. I've done the Barr Trail and know what it takes, and didn't feel they were ready for it. So last summer I took them on a training hike up Guadalupe Peak in Texas, 8.5 miles round trip, 3000 feet elevation gain. They made it to the top, but it showed them they weren't ready for the Barr Trail. Plus their pace was much slower than it needs to be to reach the summit of Pikes before the thunderstorms.

This summer they are again wanting to do Pikes, and have already started working out. They don't want to do Guadalupe again, so I would like your suggestions as to what would be a good training hike so they can see if they are ready yet. We live in Lubbock TX, so it can be peaks in northern New Mexico, or Southern Colorado. One note - they have never been around much exposure, and would prefer peaks without anything that would intimidate them. Thanks in advance for any ideas.


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Re: Training peaks

Postby Mtnman200 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:21 am

West Spanish Peak is a good training climb. You can camp in a small campground (3 sites) across the road from the trailhead, and there's a trail much of the way.

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Re: Training peaks

Postby peter303 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:26 am

Any of the 14ers which are shorter than Barrs, which is most of them.
Do a really short one frist like Sherman or Bierstadt. They something longer, and so on.

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Re: Training peaks

Postby cougar » Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:38 am

Texans drive the road or take the train up Pikes. In 1929, Bill Williams of Rio Hondo, TX, pushed a peanut to the top of Pikes Peak with his nose. It took him 3 weeks and 200 pairs of pants.

Re: Training peaks

Postby MonGoose » Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:54 am

cougar wrote:Texans drive the road or take the train up Pikes. In 1929, Bill Williams of Rio Hondo, TX, pushed a peanut to the top of Pikes Peak with his nose. It took him 3 weeks and 200 pairs of pants.


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Re: Training peaks

Postby geojed » Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:11 am


TMI Bill, TMI!
But these sun-kissed California girls," Bill growled as he rubbed various parts of his anatomy with liniment...

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