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Your Final 14er

Post by jmanner » Wed Mar 31, 2021 3:57 pm

The first 14er thread got me thinking.

What’s your finisher photo and what mountain was it on, how long did it take you? How did you feel?

Mt Wilson was my finisher after the traverse from the Tooth. Took me 10 years and ~2 weeks. I felt somewhat empty. It was an exciting climb and I was happy to finish, but by the time I’d finished hiking the 14ers I’d moved onto skiing more and it had lost its excitement. Edit: Finished Sept 2018
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Re: 14er Finisher Thread

Post by CaptCO » Wed Mar 31, 2021 4:05 pm

I’ll play, sunlight peak. One day to pack into CB from purg, after returning from diente traverse day prior. Played cat & mouse w thunderstorms to get Aelous’. 2nd day caught a sunrise on windom, scree surfed down a super steep gulley and began my 58th ascent. Once helping others with route finding on saddle, I took the ridge direct as a class 5 crack start, and meandered on over to summit. My good buddy Paul was able to grab a pic, we headed down and B-lined it for McDonalds in Durango O:) I was also able to help 2 other summit due to fear on their part. I kinda miss chewing tobacco.
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Re: Your Final 14er

Post by Matt Lemke » Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:02 pm

Would be Kit Carson this past summer. Such a memorable climb with an awesome friend and despite the smoke had pretty good views. Had to wait out a thunderstorm just below the summit too. I had been putting this peak off for many years until the chance to climb the prow came along, and finally it did. One I'll surely never forget!
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Re: Your Final 14er

Post by justiner » Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:17 pm

Antero. Best for last, baby!
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Re: Your Final 14er

Post by Wish I lived in CO » Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:52 pm

Snowmass ............... but haven't done it yet, it's next. Have been saving it. Hopefully it'll live up to my hype.
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Re: Your Final 14er

Post by ltlFish99 » Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:57 pm

It is still in the future for me as I have 18 left. This years plan is to hike 12.
That would leave me with blanca, ellingwood, both crestones, pyramid, and north maroon.
I am not sure which one will be my finisher, as it is still a work in progress.
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Re: Your Final 14er

Post by CoHi591 » Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:00 pm

Wilson Peak.
It wound up that way largely because of the distance from Denver. I had originally wanted it to be the bells, but I had the opportunity to do them with my trusted partner the year before and couldn't pass it up.
I lived in Telluride for a winter several years ago, when I had only done a handful and finishing them all felt like a far off dream. I worked for the resort and stared at Wilson Peak every single day thinking how incredible it would be the climb it. My buddy and I went down to do the trio and wound up with pretty trash weather all weekend. We did the traverse one day and nearly got stormed off. Next I went back for Wilson and we're pretty close to getting stormed off again but it was our last chance probably for the year and it was my finisher. I assessed that I could get there and back before the storm came in, my buddy waited for me lower down and I don't think I've ever busted my ass so hard in my life as I did to get up to that peak and back down before the weather came in. It was meaningful and I think added to it a little bit that I summited the final one alone, because of reasons. And it's such a photogenic peak! I'm really happy that was my last one.
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Re: Your Final 14er

Post by CoHi591 » Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:02 pm

Wish I lived in CO wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:52 pm
Snowmass ............... but haven't done it yet, it's next. Have been saving it. Hopefully it'll live up to my hype.
S ridge for sure! It was a blast, and One of the best places to be in wildflower season. The west slopes route down did suck but I didn't think it sucked as much as everyone prepared me for. The first two hundred feet off the summit for uncomfortable, beyond that it was just tedious.
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Re: Your Final 14er

Post by seano » Fri Apr 02, 2021 7:08 am

jmanner wrote:
Wed Mar 31, 2021 3:57 pm
The first 14er thread got me thinking.

What’s your finisher photo and what mountain was it on, how long did it take you? How did you feel?
Mine was on an unnamed peak that I didn't expect to climb, in late 2014. I was halfway through a 12-hour day of snow and talus, and it was a bit anticlimactic.
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Re: Your Final 14er

Post by nyker » Fri Apr 02, 2021 7:26 am

My last was Snowmass. I was planning my finisher was either going to be Capitol, Little Bear or Snowmass each of which has a better season to climb vs others and as circumstances dictated it would be Snowmass.
Whereas many of my peaks I did alone, I was fortunate to have a great team with me to climb Snowmass and to celebrate with.
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Re: Your Final 14er

Post by Jon Frohlich » Fri Apr 02, 2021 7:43 am

Last was Evans via the Sawtooth. Took 9 years and about 2 months. I wanted something where people that didn't hike could come up and celebrate too. It was the Monday of Labor Day weekend and the last day the road was open to the summit for the year. Unfortunately that meant we had to do it on a day where the wind was gusting over 50mph. It was ...interesting. Memorable way to finish for sure.

https://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=9193

(some of the pictures are broken but it's been 11 years since I posted that)
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Re: Your Final 14er

Post by climbingcue » Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:46 am

My last of the 58 list was Pikes Peak 1/11/20. It was a long cold day, but a great way to finish it up. I had two friends crazy enough to do it with me, 40 mph winds.

As of now I have 19 left to complete my second lap of the 58. Might be able to get most of them done this year.
Consecutive months with at least one 14er, 40 months and counting...
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