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The Ultimate Guide to Hiking Colorado's Fourteeners

Fifty-four peaks. More than 140 routes. And hundreds of thousands of feet in elevation. Here, the ultimate beginner’s guide to climbing Colorado’s famous fourteeners.

June 2013

—Photos by Jeff Nelson

Fifty-four peaks. More than 140 routes. And hundreds of thousands of feet in elevation. With all of this lofty real estate in our backyard, it’s no surprise that clawing our way up the sides of 14,000-foot mountains has become a rite of passage for Colorado residents. But how does a rookie peak bagger choose which summit to reach for? We present the ultimate beginner’s guide to climbing Colorado’s famous fourteeners.

Getting Started: All the Climbing Lingo and Equipment You'll Need
Mt. Bierstadt: A Close Encounter
Grays & Torreys Peaks: Half the Battle
The Decalibron Loop: The Four Pack
Mt. Sherman: A Historical Twist
Huron Peak: Scrambled Legs
Now What? More Difficult Peaks and Skills You'll Need
The Doctor is In: Q&A About Climbing 14ers and Altitude Sickness

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