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Colorado fourteeners: seriously everything you need to know before you go

By: Jenn Fields, The Denver Post
June 17, 2017 Updated: June 17, 2017 at 7:09 pm
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Mount Bierstadt is located 1.4 miles west by south of Mount Evans. From Guanella Pass it is approximately a 3 miles hike, with a climb of 2,391 feet. This photo showing the summit of Mount Bierstadt was made using a 360 degree camera. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)

They’re Colorado’s most iconic peaks, and if you haven’t already climbed one, it’s probably on your to-do list — after all, hiking 14,000-foot peaks, or fourteeners, is a rite of passage in this state.

People have skied all 53 (or more) of the fourteeners in winter, climbed stable spring snow to the summits. But for most of us, the peak season comes in summer, when the snow fades in late June, bringing the most straightforward access to our state’s highest summits.

Some fourteeners are tough, technical climbs. Others are walk-ups, but they still require fitness and fortitude to get up before dawn to walk uphill, at altitude, for several hours. If you have yet to tackle an ascent of your first fourteener, it can seem like a daunting challenge — one not just of physical fitness but outdoors knowledge. And if the weather (and good knees) has granted you safe passage to the summit of a handful of fourteeners, you might be wondering what you can do better.

Read the full story at The Know.

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