attempt to calculate cost of climbing all the 14ers/13ers

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Re: attempt to calculate cost of climbing all the 14ers/13ers

Post by DaveLanders » Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:13 pm

If you do it right, you might be able to turn a profit. In the mid 90's, I would put all my stuff in storage in late May or early June, and then rent out my house for the next 4 months, and live out of my truck and climb. I did that for 5 years in a row. In those years I climbed 270 13ers, 90 12ers, and thru hiked the Colorado Trail. One year got cut short by injury, or the totals would have been higher. Of course this kind of thing is a lot easier if you're single :-D
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Re: attempt to calculate cost of climbing all the 14ers/13ers

Post by Wildernessjane » Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:19 pm

Thanks all for helping me to justify my recent $6000 mountain bike purchase based on my decision not to pursue all of the 13ers. I’ll cherry-pick the interesting ones. :-k
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Re: attempt to calculate cost of climbing all the 14ers/13ers

Post by bergsteigen » Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:28 pm

Choices! In the end, spending money on hobbies is what life’s about for those without families. Choose well.
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Re: attempt to calculate cost of climbing all the 14ers/13ers

Post by Carl_Healy » Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:47 pm

All I'll say is that I started getting into this last summer and for 2021 I have a $360 REI dividend :(
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Re: attempt to calculate cost of climbing all the 14ers/13ers

Post by Mtnman200 » Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:29 pm

bergsteigen wrote:
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:28 pm
Choices! In the end, spending money on hobbies is what life’s about for those without families. Choose well.
Ditto for those with families; it helps if others in your family share your hobbies.
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Re: attempt to calculate cost of climbing all the 14ers/13ers

Post by nunns » Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:30 am

Mtnman200 wrote:
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:29 pm
bergsteigen wrote:
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:28 pm
Choices! In the end, spending money on hobbies is what life’s about for those without families. Choose well.
Ditto for those with families; it helps if others in your family share your hobbies.
+1. My costs now include my daughter. It isn't much more expensive for 2-4 people than it is for 1. In fact when I go with my brother and nephew it cost me less because we can split gas, motel rooms, etc.

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Re: attempt to calculate cost of climbing all the 14ers/13ers

Post by Rollie Free » Tue Apr 13, 2021 10:50 am

Scott P wrote:
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:51 pm
Health benefits could cancel out at least some of the cost.
That is an excellent point. Fun climbing 14ers has been a great motivator for me personally. They say those who have specific goals do much better than someone just wanting to get in shape.
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Re: attempt to calculate cost of climbing all the 14ers/13ers

Post by peter303 » Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:01 pm

blazintoes wrote:
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:12 pm
The only aspect I've ever calculated was how much money I spent in gas climbing all the 14ers in winter and computed my driving mileage at 22,338 miles in 50 trips and spent about $5,500 in gas. Oh and I had to buy a new car because I hit an elk going 65 mph on highway 285 on my drive home from one of my trips.
Wow. About 4x cost per mile my gas.
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Re: attempt to calculate cost of climbing all the 14ers/13ers

Post by nyker » Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:05 pm

If you added in costs of flights, lodging and rental cars it can get pricy if your trips are purely aimed at the 14ers/13ers.
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Re: attempt to calculate cost of climbing all the 14ers/13ers

Post by Alpinefroggy » Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:52 pm

When driving a Prius helps you save on the overall cost of doing the 14ers and allows you to invest more money into rock climbing gear and snow climbing gear.

I guess I finally found a good use for having access issues!!
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Re: attempt to calculate cost of climbing all the 14ers/13ers

Post by stephakett » Tue Apr 13, 2021 1:09 pm

Carl_Healy wrote:
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:47 pm
All I'll say is that I started getting into this last summer and for 2021 I have a $360 REI dividend :(
no worries, you'll get the hang of buying gear (not at full price) sooner than you think.
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Re: attempt to calculate cost of climbing all the 14ers/13ers

Post by climbingcue » Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:31 pm

Just the amount of money I have spent on fuel to drive to and from the trailheads is a boatload in the last 4 years.
Consecutive months with at least one 14er, 38 months and counting...
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