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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by RhodoRose » Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:00 am

#37 was Wilson Peak and I had two great partners, S. Hartman and "King of the Hills" Garcia :-D The sight of the crux took our breath away but it turned out to be easier than it looked and a lot of fun. Epic views at the summit. It was a hot day and all three of us ran low on water, making the last mile back to Rock of Ages TH kind of miserable. Great end of the day with pizza in Telluride. Then a 6-hour drive home :sleep: Awesome day, one I'll always remember.
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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by Rollie Free » Fri Apr 02, 2021 6:05 pm

Funny anyone should ask be cause 37 is my unique peak number. San Luis. Memorable because it was fall (beautiful foliage) , the 30 mile drive on dirt roads was actually pleasant, and I had it all to myself except for two pretty girls I ran into on the way down. There were some other things that made it kind of magical I won't get into. It ended up being my 36th number one most favorite climb. I am pretty fickle that way. They are like children, you love them equally for different reasons.
Except Challenger. I don't generally swear outloud but I swore like a sailor. Challenger was the child that was actually a bratty neighbor kid who tore up my garden.
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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by Conor » Fri Apr 02, 2021 7:29 pm

Crestone needle for me. I zipped over to challenger or whatever that far peak is above willow lake and then climbed the north butt of crestone peak and "traversed" over to the needle. If that math doesn't work out, i hit 37 sometime that day....

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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by ellenmseb » Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:32 pm

Although I have climbed 49 14ers, I have no 37th 14er, according to the omniscient Peakbagger.com. Crestone Peak and Crestone Needle are both 38th.

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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by HikesInGeologicTime » Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:06 pm

stoopdude wrote:
Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:07 am
LOL Hikes... you looked like you were having a great time when I ran into you on Bierstadt last January (was that last year??). I also reached the bottom of Challenger with ripped pants and a bloody knee. I really should keep better notes on my outings though.
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Sounds like you "won" the Challenger Challenges...the skin on my knees remained intact afterwards, though the joints themselves were very unhappy for the next few days. Also, I'm sure it's almost exclusively writers who take copious amounts of notes, and trust me when I say that nothing good ever comes of being a writer. :p
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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by Gene913 » Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:18 pm

Tabeguache. Shavano was 36. Antero was 38. All from Brown's Lake.
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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by oorg » Sat Apr 03, 2021 9:46 pm

Mt. Sneffels. We weren't even planning to hike it that day, but it ended up being an absolutely gorgeous day and we didn't start until 2pm. Easily the latest I've ever started a climb, but there was not a cloud in the sky and it ended up being the perfect day. We took the ridge up and the gully down... got back to the truck at the sun was going under the ridge. I can't wait to tackle it again when there's less smoke. :)

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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by quinnwolf » Sun Apr 04, 2021 3:54 pm

My 37th was Ellingwood Point right after doing Blanca as my 36th from Lake Como. It was snowy/sleety and cold on Blanca, but then sunny and warm by the time we got to Ellingwood. This was in August 2018.
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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by Salient » Sun Apr 04, 2021 4:10 pm

Rollie Free wrote:
Fri Apr 02, 2021 6:05 pm
Except Challenger. I don't generally swear outloud but I swore like a sailor. Challenger was the child that was actually a bratty neighbor kid who tore up my garden.
Why is Challenger so hated anyway?
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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by shelly+ » Sun Apr 04, 2021 4:28 pm

Salient wrote:
Sun Apr 04, 2021 4:10 pm
Rollie Free wrote:
Fri Apr 02, 2021 6:05 pm
Except Challenger. I don't generally swear outloud but I swore like a sailor. Challenger was the child that was actually a bratty neighbor kid who tore up my garden.
Why is Challenger so hated anyway?

Be kind to Challenger, my comrades, as it is named in memorial to the seven astronauts who died.
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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by bmcqueen » Sun Apr 04, 2021 4:44 pm

My 37th was Snowmass - July 27, 2002 with my Dad from the Lead King Basin side of the mountain. This was long before I kept track of my climb times on peaks, but I do recall being pretty tired upon our return to the car and not being thrilled to see a flat tire on my '98 Subaru Outback, while at the same time wondering how we were going to get the car back to Marble on the tiny donut spare. This was also back when I was a young guy that had to wear two knee braces to do a 14er.
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Re: Your 37th 14er

Post by HikesInGeologicTime » Sun Apr 04, 2021 5:09 pm

shelly+ wrote:
Sun Apr 04, 2021 4:28 pm
Salient wrote:
Sun Apr 04, 2021 4:10 pm
Rollie Free wrote:
Fri Apr 02, 2021 6:05 pm
Except Challenger. I don't generally swear outloud but I swore like a sailor. Challenger was the child that was actually a bratty neighbor kid who tore up my garden.
Why is Challenger so hated anyway?

Be kind to Challenger, my comrades, as it is named in memorial to the seven astronauts who died.
Those poor astronauts. First they died a horrific and apparently-not-as-fast-as-one-might-think death, then they get memorialized in Colorado by means of an otherwise unremarkable subsummit of Kit Carson Peak. I mean, there are two unnamed but ranked Cents just outside Lake City that would've been noble candidates, or if the memorial plaque absolutely had to top a point measuring over 14k', why not, say, "South Elbert"? Just getting up there via Black Cloud is a vigorous but (imho) lovely hike with a great trail and some scenic views on a bluebird day...and no gullies!

That's why Challenger is a sworn nemesis of many a fourteener seeker: its gully. It is long, steep, and loose. If you haven't done it yet, set aside the pants you were otherwise planning to cut up and use as cleaning rags anyway, because they will be full of ventilation shafts that were not part of the original design by the time you get back to Willow Lake. Suffice to say that I have had to seek emergency medical attention after two other fourteeners that were not even in the same range as Challenger, lost my lunch on another two besides, and somehow that smirking Sangre still tops my list of Fourteeners I Have Negative Interest in Repeating Ever Again.
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