Let’s face it: Trophy cases stopped being cool about the time you aged out of Little League. (Notable exceptions: pro athletes and Olympians.)
Fortunately for Colorado peak baggers itching to showcase their high-altitude aptitude, there’s now a more tasteful way to display their tick list: the Fourteener Project’s Summit Register.
Part tick list, part art, the clean, modern poster elegantly depicts 58 of Colorado’s fourteeners (the poster includes four that aren’t in the official record book) with elevation, topographic profile, and even the mountain range you’ll find them in. The $79 register includes a red stamp and pad to mark off your accomplishments.
Colorado native Nathan Downey, 25, designed the register after looking around for a way to catalog his own mountain exploits that matched his taste. (He’s tagged 21 summits, with Snowmass and Sneffels being among his favorites.)
“There were some posters out there, but there was nothing that brought the elements—the range, the elevation, and all—together in a simple way,” says Downey, an art director for the Integer Group, a branding firm that boasts clients such as Blue Moon and Kellogg’s. “And there weren’t a lot of things out there that were aesthetically clean and also practical.”
So Downey teamed up with another native, JB Leach, to print the Summit Register in a limited run of 200. Currently, the registers—16 inches wide by 40 inches tall—are available only through Downey’s website, but he hopes to expand distribution and even produce a few more products later this year.
Keep an eye out here for news about his upcoming collaboration with Klean Kanteen.
—Image courtesy of Nathan Downey
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