14er Climbs for beginners

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14er Climbs for beginners

Postby johndavidmckee » Mon Jun 11, 2007 8:19 am

I will be staying in the Buena Vista area for a week at the end of June and was hoping someone could tell me some of the easier 14er climbs in that area (Sawatch Range). I have already climbed Elbert and Massive so those are out.
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Postby Jim Davies » Mon Jun 11, 2007 8:28 am

Huron from Winfield.
Belford (and optionally Oxford and Missouri) from Vicksburg.
Both off the Clear Creek road that's about 15 miles south of Buena Vista.
Don't do Princeton, it's a relatively unpleasant slog.
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Postby roozers42 » Mon Jun 11, 2007 8:32 am

Yale - close to BV, it also has some fun, easy scrambling you can do at the top if you want.
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Postby thatguy » Tue Jun 12, 2007 8:16 am

Not only would I second Huron for its views and its straight-forward hike, I would also agree with Jim on avoiding Princeton if there are other Sawatch mountains available.

Harvard might be another option. Its kinda long for a one day, but for a pack in, the basin is a great place to camp.
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Postby johndavidmckee » Sat Jun 16, 2007 7:17 am

Thanks everyone for your replies. Maybe I'll see you at the top of Huron

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