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Re: Brad McQueen 500 14er Summits

Post by greenonion » Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:48 pm

bmcqueen wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:27 pm
Thanks for the kind words. First, I do indeed have an awesome and very understanding wife! Thanks for all of your support over the years Mel.

I'm just a very average hiker who has been at this for a long time. I think of all of the amazing people on this forum and am humbled daily. Doing the Bells Traverse a few weeks ago, I thought a lot about my good friend and frequent partner, John Balciar, doing the Bells Traverse solo in winter to finish the seasonal grid (and now chasing only Ken Nolan for the full 14ers grid - I had a chance to meet Ken at the Climber's Gathering a couple years ago - amazing guy; John B. also took Jim Gehres out to breakfast in the last year to hear about all of his 12+ summits of each peak - bummed I was not able to join them that morning). I think about Justin Simoni traversing the Sangres self-supported. I think about Ryan and Danny overnighting on the first winter summit of Jagged "because they aren't totally nuts". I think about Preston's aversion to sleeping in a tent and thus day tripping all those amazingly far San Juan 13ers. I think of Ian and Dorthe who just quietly put up summit after summit after summit year in and year out, helping people along the way. Then there are the 13er finishers....that's a whole other level of passion and commitment. I think about Jane and how she is as badass on rock as she is tough in winter. I think about Zach coming back from being in a wheel chair after a close call with lightning; Noel coming back from a rockfall hit; Amy finishing the winter 14ers with amazing perseverance through injuries. Dad Mike finished out Steve's goal of doing the Cents in winter this past year - simply amazing. Yes, we have amazing people among our ranks - I'm sure I missed dozens of others who's feats I admire.

Yep, I'm a very average guy. The last half hour back to Purgatory last night hurt, just like it did a couple Septembers ago when I was chasing John Balciar out of there. Thanks to all of you true super humans out there for keeping an average guy like me motivated to keep getting outside and keep working on my skills.

Thanks to Bill M. for the awesome site and for the sense of community he has helped build over the years. Finally, thanks to the true heroes who volunteer with their local SAR groups to drop everything on a moment's notice when one of us gets in trouble.
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Re: Brad McQueen 500 14er Summits

Post by hop2it » Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:23 pm

Wow, congratulations, Bead! That is beyond awesome! =D> So nice meeting you and Melissa a few years ago, in the Springs.
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Re: Brad McQueen 500 14er Summits

Post by globreal » Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:49 pm

Brad, few people understand what it has taken you to accomplish 500 14er summits. The amount of work is astonishing...not to mention all the other climbs you have done.
And it might say, you are as humble as you are strong. And as respectful as you are resilient. And you give back so much to this climbing community. It’s an honor to be your friend.
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Re: Brad McQueen 500 14er Summits

Post by kmikwilliams » Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:10 am

This is just incredible, Brad. And much awe to Melissa for all the support!

But more incredible is the amount of volunteer hours on top of these that Brad does to support this community, preserve the mountains, and encourage his hiking peers to new heights (literally) and skills. This takes a man of perseverance, strength, and great integrity.


Congratulations, Brad!
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Re: Brad McQueen 500 14er Summits

Post by Dan_Suitor » Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:49 am

bmcqueen wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:27 pm
... I'm just a very average hiker ...
You are all too humble.
Congratulations! \:D/ Quite an awesome milestone =D>
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Re: Brad McQueen 500 14er Summits

Post by XterraRob » Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:56 am

He cannot be contained - congrats Brad!
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Re: Brad McQueen 500 14er Summits

Post by nunns » Mon Oct 19, 2020 10:45 am

Very impressive. I am constantly impressed by your willingness to share info and help others on this site.

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Re: Brad McQueen 500 14er Summits

Post by John Prater » Mon Oct 19, 2020 10:58 am

2toes wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:12 am
And ~1/2 pint of ice cream each day
Rookie.

Congrats, Brad! You and John B. will be leaving me in the dust in no time (well, John already has on the Grid).
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Re: Brad McQueen 500 14er Summits

Post by bmcqueen » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:14 pm

John Prater wrote:
Mon Oct 19, 2020 10:58 am
2toes wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:12 am
And ~1/2 pint of ice cream each day
Rookie.

Congrats, Brad! You and John B. will be leaving me in the dust in no time (well, John already has on the Grid).
Thanks John. My only hope of joining you and John B in the Frozen 14ers club is convincing one of you that a new grid spot is worth the pain and suffering of repeating a tough winter peak! :-)
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Re: Brad McQueen 500 14er Summits

Post by desertdog » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:27 pm

Congratulations Brad! A big accomplishment!!!
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Re: Brad McQueen 500 14er Summits

Post by bergsteigen » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:29 pm

That’s a lot of 14er summits! Good luck finishing the seasonal grid!
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Re: Brad McQueen 500 14er Summits

Post by Tornadoman » Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:53 pm

Don't let Brad fool you, he is far from 'average'. Despite all the peaks he has done personally, he always takes the time to help others out. Who was my partner when I decided to do my 1st winter 14er? Brad. 1st snow climb? Brad. 1st roped peak? Brad. Hopefully sometime I can pay it forward and actually help you on a goal. Well done! =D>
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