Peak(s):  Mt. of the Holy Cross  -  14,005 feet
Date Posted:  08/30/2012
Date Climbed:   08/26/2012
Author:  Headwall5
 Holy Cross "Finisher"  

I climbed my first 14 back in 2006(Mt.Elbert), but I didn't get into 14ers until August 6th, 2011, when I was invited to go climb with my friend Mike and his uncle Jay. We climbed Shavano and Tabeguache to start with, and on top of Shavano I asked Mike if he wanted to climb all the 14ers, he said he was thinking the same thing. That same day we drove over to Yale, getting back to the trailhead at 8PM. The first of many long, epic days.
I spent every weekend I could, going out and climbing 14ers. I also started rock climbing. By the end of September 2011, I had climbed 28 fourteeners. I started up again in May 2012 with a day of postholeing on Harvard and Columbia (not my favorite day.) By the end of May I graduated High School, so I had a lot of free time, and graduation money to climb a lot.
Throughout this last summer I climbed 31 fourteeners (repeated Elbert) and climbed some of my favorite 14ers. My favorite day being the Bells Traverse. I climbed my 58th 14er, which was Holy Cross with friends and family on August 26th 2012. It took one year and 20 days to complete this amazing project.
As everybody says on their "finisher" trip reports; you can never be finished. I would like to try some alternate 14er routes (North ridge: Kit Carson, LB-Blacna traverse, Crestone traverse, Evans Egis...). In the short term I would like to try Dallas Pk and "East Thorne Pk". My next major mountain to climb though will be boot camp for the United States Marine Corps on September 10th. Thanks to God, my family, my climbing bro Mike Abernathy, and this website and its amazingly helpful members I have completed an amazing goal thats brought me some of the funnest times of my life.

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 Comments or Questions

Huge congrats!
08/31/2012 05:01
What a tremendous accomplishment to not only climb all the named 14ers, but to do it in such a short amount of time. I remember reading about Mike getting hurt in Chicago basin and I'm looking forward to seeing his finisher report with you two on the summit. Your climbs of the Needle and the Grand Teton are absolutely insane and I admire your tremendous skill. Thank you so much for your service in advance of your boot camp. You picked a hell of a training regimen! All the best to you and please stay safe on your future adventures. I look forward to reading about them


08/31/2012 05:08
zdero1: Unfortunately I won't be joining Mike for his finisher, he's in Chicago Basin right now getting it done. Thanks so much for your support of my TR's and my climbing! I hope these have prepared me; physically at least for bootcamp.


08/31/2012 05:19
Zach, when you get to boot camp, it's your duty to kick everyone's butt on the PT tests. You can show them what Colorado kids are made of. Congrats again!


Thanks so much!
08/31/2012 05:21
djkest: Thanks I'll try! It was great to meet you on Holy Cross. Thanks for the forum and all your support!


Great job!
08/31/2012 13:11
I've followed your TR's for a while. I always know it's you by your signature ”thumbs up” photos.
Under 2 years (with your repeat) is damn impressive and I hope to join you this time next year! Best of luck in joining the Marines.


Thumbs up
08/31/2012 14:42
Nice job on finishing! Have enjoyed following your TRs throughout the summer.

Good luck on what life has in store for you.


08/31/2012 20:32
zephyr_pelicante: Thanks for checking out my TR's, that would be sick to go climb sometime!
FireOnTheMountain: Thanks for the support man!


09/01/2012 01:22
Bless you for joining the greatest armed forces on the planet.
I think it is remarkable any one can summit all of our 14ers. It has taken me 30 years to get half of them. When I was in boot camp at San Diego I couldn't do a push-up to save my life, but I could out run any body. Colorado has a way of building up lung capacity.
Thank you again for your service.
Also, I will be on Holy Cross September 10th. My only 14er this year. SEMPER FI

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