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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by Salient » Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:19 am

RobbS wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:40 am
Dignus wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 6:04 am
For those of you who made it this far, what was your 37th 14er? Why did you pick that one? Do have any good stories from the trip? Which one do you recommend for someone preparing for this momentous occasion? Personally I'm considering Redcloud but I'm just not sure.
Your 37th post is about your 37th (and next) fourteener? 8-[
Is this by design or just some random number alignment?

Coincidentally, 37 is also next for me. There's a good chance it will be Antero but now that you've started this thread I'm going to have to rethink.
Damn, I thought I only had 36 posts so this could be my 37th but I miscounted by 2 and this is my 39th post and now I'm sad :(

(Also sad because I don't live in CO and my next 14er will be my first one)
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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by Scott P » Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:23 am

Culebra for me. trip organized by Susan Joy Paul.
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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by susanjoypaul » Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:25 am

My 37th 14er was Crestone Peak. We hiked in with a purpose - to scatter the ashes of fellow climber Patrick Niedringhaus, who had lost his life in an avalanche on the approach to Kelso Ridge, December 22, 2005.

Patrick was just 18, a high school senior. I had been introduced to him by Spencer Swanger and we'd done a number of 14ers together - Uncompahgre, Wetterhorn, Bierstadt. We did Sherman in a blizzard and summited in a complete white-out. Patrick's training ground was nearby Blodgett Peak, an unranked 9er with miles of trails here in northwest Colorado Springs. I can see the peak from my window and every time I hike up there I think of him. Patrick was a really special guy: humble, quiet, and a quick learner. He was usually the youngest and the fastest in the group, but like Spencer, he always put the safety of everyone else ahead of his own adventures. Whenever I get in a dicey situation, I think of him too, and remember how unforgiving the mountains can be.

Our group did the memorial trip to Crestone Peak on September 2nd, 2006. We did the Needle on the 3rd and Humboldt on the 4th. It was a somber weekend, but magical too. When we summited, there were sundogs in the sky, and a jet's contrails in the shape of a cross.

I have a lot of photos here, including a few summit shots. I don't remember all the names, but off the top of my head, that's (left to right) me, Unknown, Spence, Diedre, and Dave in the first photo and Suzie, Spence, Diedre, Rhonda, Unknown, Dave, Lisa, and me in the second photo. Dave's holding a photo of Patrick. Some climbs are more memorable than others. That one, I won't forget.

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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by susanjoypaul » Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:31 am

Scott P wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:23 am
Culebra for me. trip organized by Susan Joy Paul.
I remember that one, Scott. It was my second time up there. I got caught up in conversation with Uwe and we started hiking down the wrong ridge at one point. In my defense, it was really socked in that day! Still a great trip :-D
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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by CoHi591 » Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:48 am

I just tried really hard to remember counting backwards. I am almost positive it would have been Conundrum (if you count it). Castle right before it, Handies after it.
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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by HikerGuy » Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:28 am

Challenger, wholly forgettable.
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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by crowdsurf » Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:49 am

Backpacked into Zapata Lake and climbed the C2 couloir to Ellingwood Pt last year. Harder than I thought. I've been distracted learning to sport climb this year but aiming for at least another 5 summits after only getting 4 last year( failed attempt on Capitol ). I chose it because I wanted to do a backpacking snow climb. There were some guys flying a drone at the lake after I got back down that was really annoying as I tried to rest a bit. They got shooed away like flies a little later by a serious hail storm. Karma!

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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by Chicago Transplant » Thu Apr 01, 2021 11:15 am

I had look it up, it was Lindsey in 2007. I wouldn't say there was anything special about it being the 37th one, it was more that I was just trying to make steady progress on the High 100 list and was able to get Huerfano that day and California the next :-D

I actually have TR on this one, it was a pretty quiet day on the mountain and a good early summer hike, barely ran into anyone. I did get my boots wet crossing the river though, which was high and the logs didn't reach across. Had to climb California in approach shoes the next day but luckily its a nice long gentle grassy ridge.
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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by Been_Jammin » Thu Apr 01, 2021 11:46 am

Longs Peak Keyhole Route.

I climbed with a 21 year old college football wide receiver... the most athletic person I know. Literally. He said it was the hardest thing he had ever done. This made me feel pretty cool because my trail legs were in peak condition and I thought Longs was a pretty easy day.

Need to go back in order to send the Cable's Route.
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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by andrew85 » Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:42 pm

Castle was #37. Nothing special outside of following the Harvard/Columbia traverse that were 35 & 36 and I had specifically planned to do on my 35th birthday. Those wrapped up the Sawatch so I had to turn my attention back to the Elks and the San Juans and Castle & Conundrum just happened to be the next ones I went after.
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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by Mtnman200 » Thu Apr 01, 2021 3:02 pm

If I don't count repeats, Crestone Needle with my dad and my brother was #37. We had time for an afternoon climb of Humboldt that day.

If I count repeats, #37 was Mt. Evans on a day that was so foggy we never saw the mountain.

I think once you have 36 14ers completed, it doesn't really matter which one you do next (unless your first 36 were all class 1 or 2, with just a few class 3 peaks thrown in).
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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by PaulVee » Thu Apr 01, 2021 4:12 pm

mroger29 wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:11 am
Lindsey was my 37th this summer, and I have to say, I didn't really enjoy the ridge or the descent down the gully. Beautiful views however! Looking at Sisnaajini from the top was magical.
Interesting that you did not enjoy the ridge on Lindsey. I haven't done it but I have read so much about people loving it. The crux wall looks pretty exhilarating!

{Edit} - I've only done 23 14ers so I don't qualify to answer the OP's question.
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