Looking for a geezer climber

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Re: Looking for a geezer climber

Post by rmattas » Sat Jan 23, 2021 9:43 am

dear geezers,

we're pushing 70 and having the 5 greatest summers of our lives from 2013-2017 in crested butte, we still have dreams of revisiting the ol' stomping grounds. I realize there's a risk of all kinds of potential problems, heart attack, stroke, etc...but the mountains beckon. always. coming from flatland USA, at what age do you draw the line?

sorry to hijack your post 1st14erAt50.
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Re: Looking for a geezer climber

Post by greenonion » Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:43 pm

rmattas wrote:
Sat Jan 23, 2021 9:43 am
dear geezers,

we're pushing 70 and having the 5 greatest summers of our lives from 2013-2017 in crested butte, we still have dreams of revisiting the ol' stomping grounds. I realize there's a risk of all kinds of potential problems, heart attack, stroke, etc...but the mountains beckon. always. coming from flatland USA, at what age do you draw the line?

sorry to hijack your post 1st14erAt50.
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Re: Looking for a geezer climber

Post by 76dorihe » Sat Jan 23, 2021 5:55 pm

With earlier starts and careful weather watching we geezers can still complete a 14'er in a day. This geezer'll be 67 on 3/31/21, and I have several hard ones left: Crestone, Crestone Needle, Wilson, Wilson Peak, Maroon, Eolus, Sunlight, Little Bear, Pyramid and I like repeating ones I've completed. For the last 4 years, I've driven out from home in NY, acclimated in RMNP and then did some peak bagging for 3 weeks or so, in August, so I'll start partner searching in July.
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Re: Looking for a geezer climber

Post by DaveLanders » Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:01 pm

rmattas wrote:
Sat Jan 23, 2021 9:43 am
dear geezers,

we're pushing 70 and having the 5 greatest summers of our lives from 2013-2017 in crested butte, we still have dreams of revisiting the ol' stomping grounds. I realize there's a risk of all kinds of potential problems, heart attack, stroke, etc...but the mountains beckon. always. coming from flatland USA, at what age do you draw the line?

sorry to hijack your post 1st14erAt50.
I know lots of people in their 60's, 70's, and 80's who are still very active in the mountains. However I also know some people in those age ranges who have had to scale back their activities due to heart or lung issues. My advice would be to explain to your doctor what you want to do and get a thorough checkup. If there aren't any red flags then go for it.
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Re: Looking for a geezer climber

Post by GeezerClimber » Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:43 pm

My wife and I have had some funny anecdotes because we're almost always the oldest on the mountain. A couple of years ago we were climbing Elbert and passed a family not long after the TH. Shortly after that, the father caught up to us all out of breath. He wanted to know how old we were. He said the teens were already whining and he wanted to use our ages to embarrass them!

Last year, also on Elbert, we encountered a 75 y.o. on the summit. He was normally a runner but with everything canceled last year, he and his kid (58) sister decided to hike and climb. As I recall, he made it up in pretty good time.

Also last year, a woman, who is kind of a local legend here in Chaffee County, climbed Huron for her 83rd birthday. Unfortunately, this means us punk 70 year olds have no excuses!

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Re: Looking for a geezer climber

Post by DeTour » Sun Jan 24, 2021 8:06 pm

When does geezerhood start? I don't want to rush it - I'm 63 and feel like I'm still a few years away from that status, but kinda looking forward to entrance into the club.
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Re: Looking for a geezer climber

Post by cedica » Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:16 pm

DeTour wrote:
Sun Jan 24, 2021 8:06 pm
When does geezerhood start? I don't want to rush it - I'm 63 and feel like I'm still a few years away from that status, but kinda looking forward to entrance into the club.
Our age is just a social construct. Sometimes, I feel, like I'm transage child: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46133262
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Re: Looking for a geezer climber

Post by CaptCO » Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:30 pm

cedica wrote:
Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:16 pm
DeTour wrote:
Sun Jan 24, 2021 8:06 pm
When does geezerhood start? I don't want to rush it - I'm 63 and feel like I'm still a few years away from that status, but kinda looking forward to entrance into the club.
Our age is just a social construct. Sometimes, I feel, like I'm transage child: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46133262
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Re: Looking for a geezer climber

Post by GeezerClimber » Mon Jan 25, 2021 9:34 am

DeTour wrote:
Sun Jan 24, 2021 8:06 pm
When does geezerhood start? I don't want to rush it - I'm 63 and feel like I'm still a few years away from that status, but kinda looking forward to entrance into the club.
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Re: Looking for a geezer climber

Post by rijaca » Mon Jan 25, 2021 9:40 am

GeezerClimber wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 9:34 am

And you know that you're over the hill
When your mind makes a promise that your body can't fill

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Re: Looking for a geezer climber

Post by rpdawes » Mon Jan 25, 2021 9:52 am

I wish I could join those geezers who are going to climb some 14ers with class 3 and higher, but I cannot due to the fact that my body is not flexible enough to handle. By the way, since I turned 80 last July, I have summited 35 peaks including a dozen of 13ers and 12ers. I am too far away from being retired from mountain climbing, hopefully continuing till 85 or 90. I still dream of summiting a very few more 14ers. :bicep:
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Re: Looking for a geezer climber

Post by bdwyer » Mon Mar 08, 2021 2:46 pm

I'm another Geezer, 68 and female in my case. I have done all those peaks you mention. Did the Bells traverse and would do again, but looking for someone to go in and do Peak FIFTEEN...Find me that and I'll do the traverse.
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