Climbers from Flat States

Need a climbing partner? Trying to form a hiking group for an outing?
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Re: Climbers from Flat States

Postby hurdles » Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:41 am

My wife and I live in WI, for the last 10 yrs or so we drive, or sometimes fly, our to CO for climbing, snowshoeing, rock/ice climbing and road biking. We head out from 3-5 times a yr w/trips ranging from 3-4 days to up to 2 weeks. Wehave had little or no problems w/acclimatizing and have both done over 40 14ers plus a few others. We have been known to drive over night on a Thursday, rest up on Friday and drove to a trailhead, climb on Saturday and hit the road early on Sunday and get bck here in WI around 9 or 10:00 at night....back to work on Monday :-) Love CO and it is on our list for retirement, 5 yrs for me, 8 for my wife :-)
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Postby Skip Perkins » Wed Jan 26, 2011 3:22 pm

I have been coming out to Colorado and climbing 14ers since 1987 and have found that my tolerance for altitude is somewhat variable. I have been fortunate to not be effected too severely under most circumstances. I drink a lot of fluids and climb slow but I have enjoyed many climbs the first full day I have been in state. Each day does improve (exception: the 2nd day seems to be the worst) and my speed and endurance improve with each day. I have climbed anywhere from a single peak during a visit to as many as 10. I know you can not be effected for several visits and then get slammed so nothing can totally predict the effects of altitude on any particular trip. The water consumption and lack of being in a hurry can improve most climbs.
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Postby summitstep » Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:48 pm

Live in Ohio. Was coming out annually since 2001 until major back surgery in 2008. We always drive (non-stop) to Colorado and we hit a trail the first day out; even done Evans summit ridge trail on a first day-successful climb, but definitely got in touch with my lungs! Never had an acclimatizing problem, and I am not athletic. I hike and hike and hike and do repetitive hills for training. I've got four 14ers that have allowed me to the top. Got stopped on Longs by hail and lightning (got in touch with my maker on that one!) and stopped at 13,000 on LaPlata because my adult son got AMS. Will be back mid July to try four peaks over 11 days (Bierstadt - as our first day starter - LaPlata, Elbert and Yale Any notes, tips or reflections on these peaks welcome and appreciated.). Cannot wait to get back to Colorado, breathe mountain air, do alpine starts, sit in awe and have a cold Avalanche at days end. Hope to meet some of you on the trails. For those of you who live out there, keep the trip reports coming. I live vicariously through your travels. :D
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Re: Climbers from Flat States

Postby Aaron2014 » Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:18 pm

I'm originally from Washington state, now going to school in Iowa. I think the highest peak here is the 11 story building downtown haha, take the stairs for a good workout though! This semester all my classes are Tue & thur so im hoping to take some fri-mon trips. Last year i made it over there 4 times, did some camping in November, and March and froze my a$$ off at -15 degrees, but now i've got a warmer sleeping bag and it's no prob.I usually go home for a month and do as much climbing as possible then. I'm in pretty good shape, and try to work out 3-4 times per wk. I don't have much technical rock climbing experience except in the gym though, but would like to learn how if you wouldn't mind teaching. I can belay and clean the rope for ya. I have lots of basic mountain climbing experience though including winter. I have a car and all my gear and can provide some group gear. If you need a partner let me know. Also, i really want to do one of the classic routes up the Grand Teton sometime!
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Postby Wish I lived in CO » Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:46 am

Can't believe I didn't see this thread a few days ago! Have lived in Michigan most of my life. "Discovered" the 14ers a few years ago when visiting a family member that moved to Steamboat around 2005. The last 3 years I've flown out and rented a vehicle for a week of climbing. I wish I was close enough to drive, but Michigan is too far away. Unfortunately, I likely will not be able to climb in CO this year. .... But am seriously looking at climbing Kilimanjaro with my wife in the fall !
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Postby jet » Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:52 am

I've been coming to Co, since the early 70's. 3 of our kids ended up living in Co. for various short term reasons, USAFA, masters degree, job. It was nice to have a place to stay and We could always borrow a car from one of them if we didn't drive out. We found that if we made multiple trips throughout the year acclimation usually wasn't to much of an issue. The one thing we learned for us was to not arrive tired or rundown. This seemed to create more altitude related issues. We didn't really start the 14ers until the late 90's. Now that the kids have moved on we have taken more time to concentrate on trying to finish the 14ers. We enjoy the backpacking and try to enjoy each peak and area. Here in the southeast corner of Mn. we do have some state parks along the Mississippi River that lets us get a couple hundred feet of up and down. Our favorite place though is a state park called Forestville. My wife's family settled in this area in the 1800's so she especially likes to hike there. There are enough hills and trails to get a good work out before we head to Co. As much as we enjoy our time in Co. we still love our home in Mn.
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Re: Climbers from Flat States

Postby pk122 » Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:42 am

Originally from central Iowa, now in KC, MO. Made my first try of Elbert when I was 9 yrs old back in '96, got super dizzy just below the summit and had to bail! Went back a few years later for revenge :) Have gone out more frequently the last several years. I'm really hoping to relocate to Colorado, just have to make sure my girlfriend can get a job out there when she's done with school later this year. As of late, I've driven out over night from KC to be on the summit of a 14er that same morning. Getting into marathon running has really helped me overcome some of the altitude issues while on the trail. Hoping to do Pikes Peak Marathon later this year, but afraid that will be my only 14er or CO trip this year if so :cry: Unfortunately I don't really have any buddies who enjoy mountains, so I'm always looking for partners who like to hit the trail early and push the pace a little!
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Re: Climbers from Flat States

Postby Prairie Dog » Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:00 pm

I have spent my entire life in North Dakota (except for a few years spent in Nebraska for graduate school) - doesn't get much flatter than that! For about the past ten years I have found myself traveling about three or four times per year to feed my mountain addiction. I usually make at least one trip per year to Colorado, but frequent other mountainous regions as well (Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, California, Washington, Alberta, British Columbia, etc. - I even got the opportunity to do some climbing in New Zealand a couple years ago!). Colorado is great, but there's a lot of other areas that also offer wonderful climbing opportunities! Not every trip that I make to Colorado involves summiting a 14er.

I love this web site! It provides a nice diversion as I sit here at work gazing out the window at the flat landscape. I guess it gives me the little fix that I need in between trips to the mountains. I hope my boss isn't counting how many times a day I visit this site or Summit Post!

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Postby Two Headed Boy » Thu Jan 27, 2011 5:14 pm

I live in North Platte, Nebraska and I climb. I make frequent trips to Colorado but do not hike 14ers a ton but will be doing a week long trip this summer in the Sangre area to do some roped climbs on a few things I've been eyeballin for awhile now:)
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Re: Climbers from Flat States

Postby Tripper » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:47 am

Hi... My name is Scott... and I'm a Flatlander... :oops:

(JayB :wink: )

I live in NJ and - until a couple years ago - hadn't been to CO since a couple ski trips when I was back in school (long straight skies were all the rage back then!)

I came back to CO 3 years ago (another ski trip) and realized that all these peaks and trails would be an ideal training ground (I had got it in my head the year before that I wanted to summit Mt Rainier and needed to do some climbing somewhere above 6000 ft.) and committed to give 'em a try.

So last year - when I came out for my only visit (another ski trip w/ a group) - I stayed behind for a couple to make an attempt on Pikes. Didn't summit (self-inflicted fail..) but am hooked and am on my way back again this this weekend... (another ski trip w/ a group) and will be staying behind for a few days to make a run on Elbert and (if things go ~really~ well [-o< ) may visit Quandary or go back and finish what I started last year (Pikes)!

Unfortunately - there is ~no one~ back in NJ that has any real interest in climbing 14ers... or even coming along for the great scenery.. so I will - once again - be scouting for partners. (If you are up for a run on Elbert on Sunday the 6th, send me a PM - but if you're looking to rocket up to the summit... I probably won't be able to keep up.. "Flatlander lungs" #-o )

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