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Climbing 14ers: Getting Started

Where to Next?


If you finish the 14ers, congratulations! Let us know and post some stories either via trip report on 14ers.com or the Facebook Group. We'd love to hear that you hit your goal. It's a big deal. Sure, by now there are probably a few of thousand people who have finished all of the Colorado 14ers but most people who hike some 14ers do not finish the list. It takes a lot of time and effort to finish. Most of us who finish do so in "years" not weeks or months. Then there are those climbing freaks (I joke) like Andrew Hamilton who can do all of the 14ers in a couple of weeks. Andrew has the 14er speed record by climbing all of the 14ers in less than 10 days. Unreal. No, that's not normal.

Hopefully, 14ers.com helps you safely gain your next summit. Thank you for reading.

Bill Middlebrook, 14ers.com

Future Goals

If you finish the 14ers, you'll probably go in one of several directions:

  • You're done, it's over, moving on, it was fun and I have fond memories but I have no desire to start another list of peaks.
  • Maybe revisit the 14ers from time to time but finishing the 14ers will be the end of your peak bagging journey.
  • Set new peak goals! Oh, there are unlimited options in Colorado in beyond. Here are some common goals after completing the 14ers:
    • The Colorado Top 100 (The Centennials), which includes the next 47 high peaks, after the 14ers.
    • Climb all of the 14ers in calendar winter.
    • Ski or snowboard all of the 14ers.
    • Maybe you'll shoot for all of Colorado's ranked 13ers - that's nearly 600 peaks! A massive accomplishment that takes years.
    • Mt. Rainier in Washington state.
    • Denali. At just over 20,300' of elevation, it's the highest peak in North America.
    • The California 14ers.
    • Peaks in other states or around the world.
    • So much more...