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FAQ and threads for those just starting to hike the Colorado 14ers.
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Postby snowkiwi » Fri Jul 06, 2007 1:57 pm

Spend a few days to acclimatize at altitude, and drink plenty of fluids. It's a whole other ball-game up here :)
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Yep to Elbert, check out Evans... and consider skipping RMNP

Postby electrobuzz » Fri Jul 06, 2007 3:01 pm

I agree -- Elbert would be a nice climb, and the tallest in Colorado.

Also, I highly encourage a drive up Evans. It's beautiful, and still a bit of a secret, even to folks on the Front Range.

Not a big fan of RMNP here. Too expensive (if you don;t have the one year parks pass) and it is always so freaking crowded!!!
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Postby krz2fer » Fri Jul 06, 2007 4:12 pm

Alpine wrote: I would think about maybe doing the RMNP days right up front

Agreed, and Trail Ridge Road is a nicer drive with better in route and ending views IMO than a Pikes trek. Evans is nice, but you can't do much but hike 100 ft to the summit. TRR allows you to do that, plus hike around in different locales.
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Postby protusile » Fri Jul 06, 2007 6:03 pm

As a fellow flat lander, let me tell you the altitude will kick you butt. You have three days to acclimate so you should be OK. I recently went to Colorado but before I went, I trained hard- I biked, I ran, and I swam. When I got to Colorado, I was so anxious to reach a summit, I attempted to reach a summit within 24 hours of arriving. I did make it to the top (Mt Evans) but had to stop a couple of times because of tunnel vision (brown outs). I have never been slowed down before like I was slowed down with the lack of oxygen at altitude.
The sun was intense at that altitude, bring some sun screen.
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