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Roger J. Wendell climbing Mt. Rainier, Washington State - 07-02-2000
Me climbing Mt. Rainier (14,411 ft) in shorts - July 2000
14ers!
Mountain peaks over 4,267 metres (14,000 feet)

Yes, in addition to having climbed all of Colorado's 14ers (at night, in snowstorms, and in all kinds
of other weather!) I have also summited Mt. Whitney (California) and Mt. Rainier (Washington State),
and am always on the lookout for other interesting peaks and highpoints around the world!
 
 

 

 

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Arrow Pointing Right Click Here for my notes on technical climbing...

 

"We've wounded this mountain. It's our duty to close her wounds. It's the least we can do to show our
gratitude for all the wealth she's given us. If you guys don't want to help me, I'll do it alone."
 
- Walter Huston to Humphrey Bogart and Tim Holt
in the 1948 movie, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

 

Click on any of this page's "thumbnail" images for a larger view!

 

Some "Rules" and History:

Me and Amber on Mt Evans 1993 - Elevation 14,264 feet
Me, Amber & Ham Radio
on top Mt. Evans (1993)

 

Roger J. Wendell on top of Mt. Princeton 14, 197 feet 4,327 metres) - 07-12-2008
Mt. Princeton - 4,327 metres

The most popular climbs, in Colorado, are the "14ers" - 14ers are usually defined as any mountain with a summit that's over 14,000 feet (4267.2 metres) with a rise of at least 300 feet (91.44 metres) above a connecting saddle with topographic prominence and isolation. Over the years there has been some disagreement over the actual number of 14ers in Colorado - the figure usually hovers between a total of 52 and 54, with 53 being the current agreed upon number. However, it's also recognized that Colorado has an additional five "unofficial" 14ers which brings our state total to about 58. Nationwide, in the lower 48 states, there are a total of 70 14ers (not counting the unofficial ones) - One in Washington State and the remaining 15 in California.

Gerry Roach, and many others (including me!), believe that you must ascend at least 3,000 feet (914.4 metres) under your own power to have properly climbed a 14er. This means that if you park your car at the lot on top Mt. Evans, the remaining walk of 100 feet 930.48 metres), to its 14,264 foot (4,347.6 metres) summit, doesn't count! However, if you parked your car a dozen miles down the Mt. Evans road, and gained the final 3,000 feet on foot, while on the paved surface, your climb would be considered a success!

Okay, maybe I've taken this a bit too far as helpful folks have seen me walking with a full pack a mile or two below the trailhead where everyone else is parked - they often have asked, "Need a ride to the trail?" What I'm usually up to is carefully monitoring my GPS ANYTIME I think we're parked closer than 3,000 feet from the summit!

For example, on Culebra, the ranch officials said that parking at Four Way was a close as they could guarantee to 3,000 feet (plus, Four Way and the trailhead itself, up a mile further, are the ranch's only authorized parking). I think my GPS was a little flaky that day as I hiked back down one of the Four Way roads, about a third mile, to pick up almost 400 feet of extra gain before returning to the car/hike. I've taken similar actions on Bierstadt, Sherman, the Lincoln/Democrat/Bross/Cameron combo, and other peaks as well. Nevertheless, it's up to you, gentle reader/hiker, to decide what lengths you need to go to ensure 3,000 feet of elevation gain to claim that next 14er!

Gerry Roach and Roger Wendell at the CMC - 11-10-2014
Gerry Roach and Me
Anyway, in his book Colorado 14ers Gerry Roach goes on to explain that; "Climbers should carry their equipment, not let their equipment carry them." In that paragraph he's referring to bicycle rides to the summit and even somebody using a treadmill, all winter long, to charge their battery bank for an electric car ride to the top of Evans. Either way, after these few paragraphs of haranguing, I think you get the idea when it comes to 14er "ethics!"

Finally, you'll find that there's not much privacy on the more popular 14ers during the summer - the crowds are plentiful and the parking sparse. Late fall and winter offer the most solitude but, of course, have a lot more added weather danger. Anyway, even during the summer months you'll find that "Peak Baggers," in general, are a friendly bunch that are always willing to help out or just provide a cheerful "Hello!" along that slow slog to the top! Anyway, climbing 14ers offers all kind of nice experiences and rewards (physical fitness, getting closer to Nature, etc.) so get out there enjoy! And, of course, be safe!

 

Dangers:

Be prepared! Mountaineering, climbing, and mountain hiking, regardless the elevation, can be difficult and hazardous. Did you know that at least one person has been killed, in Colorado, from a mid-summer avalanche! In addition to avalanche hazards people have been wounded by their own ice-axes and crampons, fallen hundreds of feet, been hit by lightning, hit by falling rocks, and died of exposure (just to name a few ways you can get hurt in the mountains!). Also, a good rule-of-thumb, for any peak, is that you should be heading back down before noon. And, of course, don't hesitate to turn around if a storm is moving in, if there's lightning, or when you're feeling just plain miserable from the altitude or exertion (it happens to all of us - turn around, that peak will be there next weekend...). Be safe out there!

- Roger J. Wendell

 

Roger Wendell and Bob Doriss Meet on Longs Peak - August 4, 1996
Bob Dorris & me on Longs Peak '96
According to the July 31, 2005 Denver Post (Sunday, front page story by Steve Lipsher) Longs Peak is Colorado's second deadliest 14er (right after Maroon Bells) with 55 documented fatalities since Carrie Welton died of exposure near the Keyhole in 1884. Longs Peak was named after Army Major Stephen Long who made the first recorded American sighting of the peak in the 1820s. Colorado River explorer John Wesley Powell, in 1868, was the first to climb the peak. Over 25,000 people attempt the 15 mile round-trip climb each summer with about 10,000 reaching the summit. Average time for the round-trip ascent is about 12 hours with Chris Reveley having completed it in two hours and four minutes in 1979! Meeker to the left of Longs Peak with the Notch and Diamond by Chris Long, from the air, February 2010
Meeker & Longs by Chris Long

 

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It was never my intent to fill a page full of 14er photos because other pages, climbing books,
and trip reports did such a better job! Nevertheless, some of my 14er climbs were so much fun,
or were so interesting I couldn't resist posting 'em here!

 

Maroon Bells (14,156/14,014 feet - 4,315/4,271 metres)
Saturday, August 23, 2008

Maroon Bells in the early morning - August 23, 2008
Early morning "Bells"
Steve Cummings and I left Denver's 4th and Union Park 'N Ride (the old "Cold Spring" lot) at 02:45 am after each having had less than four hours sleep! After a couple of stops and some very dark road construction we arrived at the Maroon Lake trailhead just outside of Aspen, Colorado. The trailhead sits at 9,600 feet (2,926 metres) with a completely paved access road. This is because the area gets so much use it's now required that day-visitors take a bus there. For those on an early morning climb or wanting to camp (by permit, I believe) you can park if there's any space left. At our 6 am arrival we were able to squeeze into the last remaining space for the day...
Despite a weather report for a 20 percent chance of showers the weather was beautiful and we made it to the summit of Maroon Peak in about four and half hours. The "Bells" were beautiful, we felt great, so decided to make a "loop" of it and take the traverse over to North Maroon Peak. Because there isn't 300 feet of drop on the saddle between the two peaks (interesting to note that my GPS said the two summits were exactly 0.37 miles/0.6 kilometers apart - not much!!) North Maroon is not considered and "official" 14er. Nevertheless, it's a fantastic climb (and I do mean climb!) so I highly recommend it if you have the skill and are properly prepared with helmets (which I had forgotten mine, as usual...) and other essential gear, food and water.

Although there were maybe only a total of 15 people on both peaks for the day there was a bit of a bottleneck along the traverse due to the difficulty in route finding and having to scale 4th and 5th class terrain. However, the bottle neck was fortuitous in that we got to meet some really great people that we hope to encounter again on future trips! Zachary and his dad Pat, "El," Ben, and a half dozen others I met (but don't recall their names) we're fun climbing companions for the rest of the day.

Anyway, it took us about an hour and a half of some pretty serious climbing to get us across the aforementioned 4th and 5th class terrain of the traverse between "south" and North Maroon. As somebody reminded me, to be successful on such terrain you have to be good at either route finding or 5th class - and that's the truth! Nevertheless, everybody made it safely across and if you count our summit time on "South" Maroon it took a total of about six hours to reach North Maroon.

The weather remained perfect until it was time to descend. Some clouds moved in with what appeared to be rainfall off toward the horizon. Luckily it never reached us as it stayed mostly clear all the way back down. However, going down off North Maroon, especially after having not seen it before because of our decision to do the loop, was no easy task as route finding became even more difficult. Ben and I followed some cairns for what we thought was the shortest route but then had to climb back up a few hundred feet to get back on course again. Apparently some cairns are in place to guide snowboarders and backcountry skiers to the steepest winter terrain - something a couple of peak baggers weren't prepared to negotiate this early in the season.

In conclusion, the "Bells" were the most fun I've had, thus far, in my experience on 36 of Colorado's official and unofficial 14ers. And, although the "experts" can probably complete both peaks in a half dozen hours it took us well over ten with a considerable amount of fatigue. And, even though people might consider the "Bells" to be routine I'd still encourage you to bring along a helmet, adequate maps/written guides, and the proper amount of food, water, and outdoor gear!

- Roger J. Wendell
August 24, 2008 (Sunday, the day after!)
Maroon Bells, Climbing the Traverse - August 23, 2008
El climbing the traverse
Maroon Bells, Looking Towards North Maroon - August 23, 2008
Looking towards North Maroon
Maroon Bells, a bunch of us on North Maroon - August 23, 2008
Me, Pat, Zach, El, and Steve
Maroon Bells, Roger J. Wendell pointing to the top of Maroon Peak - August 23, 2008
Pointing to the peak!
Maroon Bells, Roger J. Wendell heading on Maroon Peak - August 23, 2008
Roger on Maroon Peak
Maroon Bells, Steve Cummings heading up Maroon Peak - August 23, 2008
Steve heading up Maroon
Maroon Bells, Steve Cummings going up Maroon Peak - August 23, 2008
Steve going up Maroon
Maroon Bells, Steve Cummings and Roger J. Wendell on Maroon Peak - August 23, 2008
Me & Steve on Maroon Peak
Maroon Bells, Roger J. Wendell on North Maroon Peak - August 23, 2008
Roger on North Maroon
Maroon Bells, Steve Cummings on the Traverse - August 23, 2008
Steve on the traverse

YouTube Logo Click Here for my YouTube video of our politics on North Maroon Peak!
YouTube Logo Click Here for my YouTube video of Steve and El climbing the traverse between "South" and North Maroon...
YouTube Logo Click Here for my YouTube video from the summit of Maroon Peak...

 

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Mount Shavano (14,229 ft/ 4,337 m)
Saturday, October 29, 2005

Greg Olson at 13,700 feet on Mount Shavano - 10-29-2005
Greg Olson
Lisa Herter at 13,700 feet on Mount Shavano - 10-29-2005
Lisa Herter
Roger Wendell Points to the Summit of Mount Shavano - 10-29-2005
Mount Shavano Peak Register - 10-29-2005
Summit Register
Road to Mount Shavano - 10-29-2005
Road to Shavano
Heavy Winds on Mount Shavano - 10-29-2005
Heavy Winds
Named after Chief Shavano, a leader of the Ute Mountain Tribe, Mount Shavano Peak is located in the Sawatch Range of central Colorado. Roger Edrinn, in his Colorado Fourteeners "Pocket Slam," rates it as moderate in difficulty. Greg Olson and Lisa Herter took me along for their Saturday workout (4,500 feet of elevation gain!!) in preparation for our Ecuador adventure just two months away. I thoroughly enjoyed Shavano despite the below-freezing temperatures and screaming wind gusts between 40 and 50 mph - the trail was relatively easy to follow and the views, during cloud clearings, were spectacular! There was some sporadic "post-holing" required, above 13,000 feet, plus I had to dig around in the snow a bit to find the summit register. All in all it was a grand fall day!

 

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Kurt conquers Mount Bierstadt on one leg!

I had the honor of climbing to the top of Mount Bierdstadt with Kurt and friends in August of 2014. Kurt lost all of his leg, and much of that hip, to cancer just the year prior. Kurt's recovery has been more than miraculous with him completing the entire climb unaided. A vidographer accompanied the climb so I hope to link the video if it becomes available. Congratulations Kurt!!

 

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Mount Yale (14,196 ft / 4,327 m)
Saturday, October 15, 2005 - a mini epoch!

Tom and Linda Jagger, having already completed over 43 and 51 14ers, respectively, graciously agreed to lead me up Mt. Yale after a pretty good snowstorm earlier in the week. I think the snow depth (averaging between 12 and 18 inches) caught us all by surprise as it took us about five hours to climb 4,300 feet to the summit! The slick surface, with unpredictably loose rock beneath, took its toll on us as we post-holed our way across some pretty steep terrain. I didn't get any pictures of the hard parts because I was just too tired to take the camera out of my pack!! Mount Yale 10-15-2005
Linda and Tom making their way up...
Mount Yale 10-15-2005
Tom and Linda on Yale's summit
Mount Yale 10-15-2005
A very thankful Roger on Yale's summit...

 

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Grays (14,270 ft / 4,349 m) and Torreys (14,267 ft / 4,349 m)
Sunday, August 14, 2005

On this date I thought I'd just "run" up Torreys for some quick exercise since it had been raining for the past couple of days throughout most of the state. It turned out to be much more fun than I had imagined since there was a Ham Radio 14er event taking place all over Colorado that day (see more related photos at: my antenna page). Also, I ran into this wonderful couple (I hope they remember my email address so that I can properly label their photo someday!) practicing with their bicycles for the Montezuma's Revenge event. And, of course, I encountered the usual array of friendly, outgoing "peak baggers" who are always willing to help with directions or whatever on Colorado's 14ers!

Bikes at 14,270 feet on Grays Peak! - August 14, 2005
Bikes at 14,270 feet!
Grays Peak as Seen From Torreys Peak - August 14, 2005
Grays Peak from Torreys
Torreys Peak as Viewed from Grays Peak - August 14, 2005
Torreys Peak from Grays
Torreys Peak as Viewed from the Trail - August 14, 2005
Torreys Viewed from trail
Torreys Peak Viewed From Saddle - August 14, 2005
Torreys from saddle
Roger Discovers Ham Radio on Torreys! - August 14, 2005 Ham Radio on Torreys!

 

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La Plata Peak (14,336 ft / 4,370 m)
Sunday, September 4, 2005

Steve Bonowski took ten of us to the top:
(Sorry, couldn't catch everyone on film since it's like herding cats!)
Andy, Steve, RayDean, Mark, and Siegfried on La Plata
Steve and the gang...
Siegfried Coming Down the Summit Block
Siegfried on Summit Block
Mark and Roger Wendell on La Plata Peak
Mark, Me and the Summit...
Rainbow Near Fairplay Coming Home
Rainbow Coming Home

 

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Babies on the Mountain!

Williams family at 13,800 feet heading up Mount Missouri On August 26, 2007 John Aldag and I were just descending 14,067 foot Missouri Mountain when we encountered the Williams family hiking to the top with their 13 month old baby, Katelyn. They were at 13,800 feet, moving steadily, but I just couldn't resist asking to take their photo! They graciously agreed and gave me permission to post it here as well. What a lovely family - reminding me of the time Tami and I took our newborn son to the top of Mt. Evans for a bit of scenery and fresh air during late summer 1980. Much to our own surprise (and shock) our infant son fell asleep near the summit! This worried us so we rushed back down to Denver and met with the family doctor - we were worried the thin 14er air may have been harmful and asked to good doctor why our baby had fallen sound asleep up there. The doctor calmly replied, "because he was tired..." Oh to be a young parent in our early 20s again!!

 

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Children on the Mountain!

Little 6-year-old Aree Tukta-Botkin is the youngest person I've heard of, personally, to have climbed a 14er completely under her own power. However, I've been assured by the climbing community that other small children have done it as well. Although Aree may not have been the youngest its obvious her father, friends, and family are all proud of her achievement as evidenced by these photos they sent me - I'm honored to post 'em here as a testement to kid power!

Mt. Sherman:

6-Year-Old Aree Tukta Mount Sherman, Colorado - 08-22-2009 6-Year-Old Aree Tukta Mount Sherman, Colorado - 08-22-2009 6-Year-Old Aree Tukta Mount Sherman, Colorado - 08-22-2009

Aree's father, David, added; "Thank you for your interest in my Six year old daughter Aree's summit of Mt. Sherman, August 22, 2009. She is a first grader at Edith Teter Elementary in Fairlpay Colorado. She will be 7 years old on October 1st. She summitted Mt. Silverheels a few weeks ago but Mt Sherman was her first 14er. She has been skiing for 3 years and plans to take up snow board next season. Thank you for posting the question "Youngest on 14er?" I wonder if the 3 year old's on 14ers [others have reported kids as little as 3 years old climbing 14ers - ed] climbed the whole way on their own power as Aree did? At any rate, she is proud of herself and expects to summit other 14ers on her own. I will attach some photos of her on Mt. Sherman summit and you have my permission to publish them you you like. Aree's father, David."

 

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Mt. Sherman (14,036 ft / 4,278) and Mt. Bierstadt (14,060 ft / 4,285 m)
July 20, 1997 and July 3, 2004

Mt Sherman CMC Hike 07-20-1997 This summit photo was taken on July 20, 1997. It was a CMC (Colorado Mountain Club) hike that I now have little record of so I can't identify many of the people in the photo. In the lower right is my friend Ken Yarcho (on bended knee). I'm the one in the back, standing with my legs apart. The photo was taken by Ed Wilkes. Brian Wendell on Mt Bierstadt 07-03-2004 My brother Brian and I took a little hike up Mt. Bierstadt and enjoyed the summit with a dozen or so of our closest friends!! In this shot Brian is preparing to record his name in the summit register. These little weather-proof containers are maintained by the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) and are very much appreciated by everyone!

 

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A closer Look at Summit Registers:

Larry Trevaskis on top with Bierstadt's Summit Register - 09-15-2002
Larry on Mt. Bierstadt
Close-up of Bierstadt's Summit Register - 09-15-2002
Bierstadt's summit register
In September, 2002, my friend Larry Trevaskis gave me these close-up shots of Bierstadt's summit register. As I mentioned above the CMC maintains and archives most of the summit registers throughout Colorado. I, myself, always try to "sign-in" whenever I'm on top but can't sometimes because of the severe cold or the canister can't be found in the deep snow...

Remember, it's important to protect summit registers whenever possible - be sure to seal 'em back up, properly, after you've signed-in. Since summit canisters aren't usually used for "geocaching," don't leave anything in the them other than the register itself and something to write with.

Colorado Mountain Club Summit Register Front Page
Front page
Colorado Mountain Club Summit Register Signature Page
Signature page
Oh, for those who were wondering, volunteers (like me!), at the Colorado Mountain Club, are the ones who distribute, collect and archive Summit Registers (and their weather-proof canisters) on most of the 14ers and dozens of other peaks around Colorado. My advise is that you treat any summit register with care and respect as they easily deteriorate with so much handling throughout the season. Also, as I mentioned above, please don't use the canisters for geocaching or any other purpose besides storing/protecting the register - volunteers, at the club, actually manufacture these protective tubes with their own free time and resources.

Okay, now that I've scared you with all of the rules, I want to encourage you to fill out the summit register - especially on some of the less used peaks. The club's volunteers have been archiving registers for many decades and I've learned that many requests come through, each year, from folks looking for information off of them. So, have fun, climb high, and sign the register!

Arrow Pointing Right
 
 
 
 
 
 
Click Here for a sample of the notes people leave when the summit register is buried in snow or missing! Note: I actually contacted Mr. Burkett and received permission to scan and post his note before I turned it over to the CMC for their register archives. In the Burketts' case they couldn't find the register beneath all the snow so decided to place a note, inside a plastic bad, wedged between some rocks on the summit. I found it there, two days later, and brought it down with me as I usually "swap-out" completed summit registers and other volunteer stuff - Roger

Glass Jar Summit Registers:

Summit Register on Unnamed Peak 12915 feet near Mt. Lindsey - 07-06-2008
Glass Jar Register
Roger J. Wendell on the summit of Unnamed Peak 12915 feet near Mt. Lindsey - 07-06-2008
Roger and the Register
Over the years I've also encountered dozens of "unofficial" summit registers - like this one inside a glass jar atop Unnamed Peak 12,915 feet (Near Mt. Lindsey). I would be curious to know who maintains these and where they're eventually archived - please email me if you have any info on the subject! Unfortunately I've discovered many of these glass jar summit registers either cracked, broken, or the lids so rusty that water leaks through and destroys the paper. So, I often try to air 'em out a bit when I find they're wet and then place them in a well protected portion of rock, on the summit, that's obvious for other hikers to find. Either way, it's always fun to find summit registers, even when they're on peaks as low as 12 thousand feet (3,657 m)!

YouTube Logo Click Here for a YouTube video I took on top the 12,915 ft (3,936 m) unnamed peak!

 

Metal Summit Register:

Summit Registers on Mount Antero - 07-20-2008
Metal Register
I found this metal summit register, along side the modern plastic one, on Mt. Antero. My guess is that the metal one may have something to do with all the geologists and rock hounds that frequent Antero. Or, maybe it's just a survivor from the "old" days, before plastic came into vogue. Either way, this particular canister was pretty rusty although the inside was still dry and clean.
YouTube Logo Click Here for a YouTube video I took opening the metal cannister!
YouTube Logo Click Here for a YouTube video of a hemostat being used to rescue a summit register...

 

Makeshift Summit Register:

Makeshift Summit Register on Mount Oxford - 09-13-2008
Makeshift Register
Sometimes, especially on the more popular peaks, the registers get completely full, torn-up, and worn from so many people taking them in and out of the canister. So, if I can, remove the contents and take 'em to the Colorado Mountain Club's Golden office for archiving. And, if I remember to bring a new register along, I place it in the canister. Unfortunately most of don't always carry brand new/blank summit registers so a "makeshift" register will have to do until somebody more thoughtful comes along!

 

Birthday Summit Register:

Conundrum Peak on my Dad's 75th birthday - 08-01-2009
Birthday greetings!
Conundrum Peak on my Dad's 75th birthday - 08-01-2009
Conundrum Peak
Prior to the evening's celebration I found myself on
top of Conundrum Peak for my dad's 75th birthday!

 

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Pikes Peak (14,110 ft / 4,301 m) 01-01-2005

Roger on Pikes Peak January 1st 2005
Pikes Peak - 14,110 ft
On New Year's Day, 2005 CMC leaders Tom and Linda Jagger led a bunch of us to the cold and snowy summit of Pikes Peak. I have more pix on my Pikes Peak page...

 

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Mt. Massive (14,421 ft / 4,396 m) and Quandary Peak (14,265 ft / 4,348 m)
2005 and 2002

Roger on Mount Massive - July 23, 2005 Mount Massive (14,421')
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Photo by Rick Tronvig
Quandary Peak, Colorado, 14,265 feet Quandary Peak (14,265')
11/17/02. There were two memorials up there, things are getting a bit carried away in the backcountry...

[On an October 8, 2005 climb I couldn't find any sign of the skis!]

 

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Mount of the Holy Cross (14,005 ft / 4,268 m)
Sunday, August 7th, 2005

Steve Hoffmeyer (of 14er World fame) took 11 of us to the top:
Steve Hoffmeyer and Roger Wendell on Mount of the Holy Cross August 7, 2005
Me & Steve Hoffmeyer
Mount of the Holy Cross August 7, 2005
Mt. of the Holy Cross
Snow on Mount of the Holy Cross August 7, 2005
Snow in August
Steve Hoffmeyer and Gary on Mount of the Holy Cross August 7, 2005
Gary and Steve
Roger Wendell on Mount of the Holy Cross August 7, 2005
Me
Roger Wendell on Mount of the Holy Cross August 7, 2005 Me

 

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Lincoln, Bross, Democrat (and Cameron)
(14,286, 14,172, 14,148, 14,239 ft / 4,354, 4,320, 4,313, 4,340 m, respectively)

On August 05, 2007 I experimented and left my home, located just west of Denver, a little earlier than normal (1:30 am sharp!) for this hike. It only took a couple of hours to get there (mountain traffic is usually light five hours before sunrise!) although I did have trouble seeing the turn to Kite Lake in the middle of Alma (Alma must be prospering as there was a lot of road construction going on - even obvious in the dark!).

As planned, I parked 2.5 miles down from Kite Lake, at 11,000 feet, to ensure the day's climbing met my personal minimum of 3,000 feet of vertical gain (actually, I walked even further down road, away from my car, to ensure I had the full 3,000 feet of gain I needed - I explaint his in more detail at the top of this page...). Walking in the dark wasn't too bad until I passed Kite Lake, itself, and then I got a little lost going up the side of the mountain - mistaking an old mining sideroad for the main one, etc. By sunrise it was clear I was relatively close to Mount Democrat and easily traversed the quarter mile needed to get me back on track - no problema!

My first peak, just at sunrise, was Mount Democrat. I then made an immediate U-turn and headed towards Mount Cameron. Cameron isn't an "official" 14er, due to the lack of saddle drop and other requirements, but certainly worth the extra few feet of foot travel to get you there. Mount Cameron is so wide open and smooth it kind of reminds of a moonscape or another planet. Anyway, Since I reached both Democrat and Cameron well ahead of the crowds I had to experiment with my old digital camera for some self portraits. I met a few more hikers/climbers on Lincoln and Bross but was somewhat surprised how few people there were on all four mountains considering how popular they are!

The four peaks, along with the extra five miles of round-trip travel for my 3,000 feet of "insurance" took me a total of 8.5 hours. Had I not been playing with my camera, GPS, and talking with people I'm sure I could have cut nearly an hour off that. Either way, these four peaks offer an excellent workout with a great view!

Self Portrait on Mount Cameron - 08-05-2007
Self Portrait on Cameron
Mount Cameron - 08-05-2007
Mount Cameron
Roger J. Wendell Self Portrait on Mount Democrat - 08-05-2007
Self portrait on Democrat
Roger Wendell Self Timer Photo on Mount Democrat - 08-05-2007
Experimenting with the camera's timer...
Mount Lincoln - 08-05-2007
Mount Lincoln
Roger J. Wendell on Mount Lincoln - 08-05-2007
Me on Mount Lincoln
Mount Bross - 08-05-2007
Mount Bross
Roger J. Wendell on Mount Bross - 08-05-2007
Me on Mount Bross

 

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Roger J. Wendell on 14,265 foot Quandry Peak, Photo by Tom Jagger - November 25, 2006
Quandry in November!
My Colorado 14er Log:
(Ranked by height)

I, myself, wasn't hit by the "14er bug" until about age 50, during the summer of 2005. Prior to that, for over three decades, my interests were mostly with long hikes, backpacking, and technical climbing. Of course as "luck" would have it, I fell ill at age 50 (but was fully recovered a year later) and started traveling way too much for my day job (but that's another story...).

Prior to age 50 I did a few dozen 14er climbs but it was mostly repeats of the same old favorites (Mt. Evans, Bierstadt, Longs Peak, Grays, Torreys and Quandary) that provided easy access for a good workout. Also, I never had enough money for a 4WD so getting to some of the trailheads was really difficult at times - especially when few others were interested in peak bagging...

Anyway, after I passed the half century mark I decided to try and complete all 58 of Colorado's named 14ers before before my 54th birthday (a three year project, at the time) and was succesful. so now, as I update this (just before my 54th) my new goal is to simply climb not only 14ers, but any and all peaks (but mostly 12ers and 13ers since ther are so many of them!) at my leisure - no more rushing to beat the weather, begging for time-off from work, or allowing a climb to get in the way of some other family or social gathering. Nope, any 14er repeats will be very casual, for exercise, to introduce a friend or family member to the experience. Although most of my future climbs will be during relatively nice weather I do hope some of my 14er repeats will be in the dead of winter or by full moon. Time will tell!

Below is my full 14ers list - clicking on any peak name will bring up a picture from my climb:

  1. Mt. Elbert - 14,433 (09-22-02)
  2. Mt. Massive - 14,421 (07-23-05)
  3. Mt. Harvard - 14,420 (06-30-07)
  4. Blanca Peak - 14,345 (10-10-08)
  5. La Plata Peak - 14,336 (09-04-05)
  6. Uncompahgre Peak - 14,309 (10-09-08)
  7. Crestone Peak - 14,294 (08-16-09)
  8. Mt. Lincoln - 14,286 (08-05-07)
  9. Grays Peak - 14,270 (08-14-05)*
  10. Mt. Antero - 14,269 (07-20-08)
  11. Torreys Peak - 14267 (08-14-05)*
  12. Castle Peak - 14,265 (07-22-07)
  13. Quandary Peak - 14,265 (12-11-05)
  14. Mt. Evans - 14,264 (07-15-00)
  15. Longs Peak - 14, 255 (08-04-96)
  16. Mt. Wilson -14,246 (07-28-2009)
  17. Shavano Peak - 14,229 (10-25-05)
  18. Mt. Princeton - 14,197 (07-12-2008)
  1. Crestone Needle - 14,197 (08-16-09)
  2. Mt. Belford - 14,197 (08-26-07)
  3. Mt. Yale - 14,196 (10-15-05)
  4. Mt. Bross - 14,172 (08-05-07)
  5. Kit Carson Peak - 14,165 (08-23-2009)
  6. Maroon Peak - 14,156 (08-23-2008)
  7. Tabeguache Peak - 14,155 (09-28-2008)
  8. Mt. Oxford - 14,153 (09-13-2008)
  9. Mt. Sneffels - 14,150 (08-07-08)
  10. Mt. Democrat - 14,148 (08-05-07)
  11. Capitol Peak - 14,130 (08-09-2009)
  12. Pikes Peak - 14,110 (01-01-05)
  13. Snowmass Mountain - 14,092 (07-29-07)
  14. Mt. Eolus - 14,083 (07-15-2009)
  15. Windom Peak - 14,082 (07-14-2009)
  16. Challenger Point - 14,081 (05-31-2009)*
  17. Mt. Columbia - 14,073 (08-08-08)
  18. Missouri Mountain - 14,067 (08-26-07)
  1. Humboldt Peak - 14,064 (09-06-2008)
  2. Mt. Bierstadt - 14,060 (10-24-04)
  3. Sunlight Peak - 14,059 (07-14-2009)
  4. Handies Peak - 14,048 (08-03-08)
  5. Culebra Peak - 14,047 (08-19-07)
  6. Ellingwood Point - 14,042 (10-10-08)
  7. Mt. Lindsey (aka "old Baldy") - 14,042 (07-27-2008)
  8. Little Bear Peak - 14,037 (08-30-2009)
  9. Mt. Sherman - 14,036 (07-27-97)
  10. Redcloud Peak - 14,034 (08-05-08)
  11. Pyramid Peak - 14,018 (07-04-2009)
  12. Wilson Peak - 14,017 (07-28-2009)
  13. Wetterhorn Peak - 14,015 (10-19-2008)
  14. San Luis Peak - 14,014 (09-21-2008)
  15. Mt. of the Holy Cross - 14,005 (08-07-05)
  16. Huron Peak - 14,003 (10-06-07)
  17. Sunshine Peak - 14,001 (08-05-08)
     
"Unofficial" 14ers that I've completed:
(To be official, there needs to be a rise of at least 300 feet between a connecting saddle, therefore the following were a bit too close to their "parent" peak...)
  1. El Diente - 14,159 (rises 259 feet above its saddle with Mt. Wilson, 09-20-2009)
  2. Conundrum Peak- 14,060 (rises 240 feet above its saddle with Castle Peak, 08-01-2009)
  3. North Eolus - 14,039 (rises 179 feet above its saddle with Mt. Eolus, 07-14-2009)
  4. North Maroon Peak - 14,014 (rises 234 feet above its saddle with Maroon Peak, 08-23-2008)
  5. Cameron Peak - 14,238 (rises 138 feet above its saddle with Mt. Lincoln, 08-05-2007)
*

 

Some peaks, like Lincoln, Bross and Democrat are close enough together to be climbed by us regular folks in a single day. Nevertheless, I like to do 'em separately whenever possible. Sometimes I climb peaks separately out of necessity because of bad weather, not feeling well, or being distracted by a radio operation or something else taking place on the summit. Anyway, this little * simply means that I've taken the time to complete a, "matched set" separately at one time or another...

 

Roger J. Wendell on 14,409 foot Mount Rainier - July 02, 2000
Me on Mount Rainier
Other 14ers that I've climbed outside of Colorado:
  1. Mount Whitney 14,505 feet / 4,421 metres (California) - 07-26-2012

  2. Mount Rainier 14,409 feet / 4,392 metres (Washington State) - 07-02-2000 [I have more Rainier pix on my CMC page]

YouTube Logo Click Here for my YouTube video of 75 Year Old Woman Who Climbed Whitney (via the 211 mile John Muir Trail) ALL ALONE!

 

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14er Waypoints

Compass For personal safety, and just for the fun of it, I usually take a GPS "reading" on the top of each peak, at the trailhead, or some other interesting point or curiosity along the way. WARNING: I cannot guarantee the accuracy of these waypoints as my own GPS bounces around a lot or I simply take an incorrect reading! Please rely on a more accurate source for your Waypoints! That being said, I still enjoy "cataloging" Waypoints and I keep a bunch of other locations, from around the world, on my 12ers 13ers, Hiking, Waypoints, and other pages...

Antero N 38° 40.446' W 106° 14.772' 14,269 feet 4,349 metres
Belford N 38° 57.643' W 106° 21.641' 14,197 feet 4,327 metres
Bierstadt N 39° 34.956' W 105° 40.128' 14,060 feet 4,285 metres
Bross N 39° 20.126' W 106° 06.464' 14,172 feet 4,320 metres
Cameron* N 39° 20.830' W 106° 07.117' 14,273 feet 4,350 metres
Castle N 38° 00.585' W 106° 51.681' 14,265 feet 4,348 metres
Culebra N 37° 07.342' W 105° 11.148' 14,047 feet 4,282 metres
Democrat N 39° 20.376' W 106° 08.404' 14,148 feet 4,312 metres
Grays N 39° 38.029' W 105° 49.054' 14,270 feet 4,327 metres
Sneffels N 38° 00.230' W 107° 47.542' 14,150 feet 4,313 metres
Sunshine N 37° 56.454' W 107° 25.304' 14,001 feet 4,268 metres
Columbia N 38° 54.233' W 106° 17.851' 14,073 feet 4,289 metres
North Maroon Peak* N 39° 04.561' W 106° 59.231' 14,014 feet 4,271 metres
San Luis Peak N 37° 59.208' W 106° 55.876' 14,014 feet 4,271 metres
Oxford N 38° 57.890' W 106° 20.331' 14,153 feet 4,314 metres
Tabeguache Peak N 38° 37.529' W 106° 15.053' 14,155 feet 4,314 metres
Mount Blanca N 37° 34.651' W 105° 29.143' 14,345 feet 4,372 metres
Kit Carson Peak N 387° 58.780' W 105° 36.154' 14,165 feet 4,317 metres
Wetterhorn Peak N 38° 03.645' W 107° 30.652' 14,015 feet 4,272 metres
Pyramid Peak N 39° 04.302' W 106° 57.011' 14,018 feet 4,273 metres
Mount Eolus N 37° 37.316' W 107° 37.365' 14,083 feet 4,292 metres
North Eolus* N 37° 37.513' W 107° 37.271' 14,039 feet 4,279 metres
Castle Peak N 39° 00.584' W 106° 51.680' 14,265 feet 4,348 metres
Conundrum Peak* N 39° 00.940' W 106° 51.767' 14,060 feet 4,285 metres
Crestone Needle N 37° 57.882' W 105° 34.607' 14,197 feet 4,327 metres
Harvard N 38° 55.465' W 106° 19.248' 14,420 feet 4,395 metres
Holy Cross N 39° 28.008' W 106° 28.905' 14,005 feet 4,269 metres
Huron Peak N 38° 56.734' W 106° 26.286' 14,003 feet 4,268 metres
Lincoln N 39° 21.087' W 106° 06.693' 14,286 feet 4,354 metres
Longs Peak N 40° 15.301' W 105° 36.904' 14,259 feet 4,346 metres
Massive N 39° 11.252' W 106° 28.537' 14,421 feet 4,396 metres
Missouri N 38° 56.854' W 106° 22.711' 14,067 feet 4,288 metres
Sherman N 39° 13.508' W 106° 10.201' 14,036 feet 4,278 metres
Snowmass N 39° 07.126' W 107° 03.987' 14,092 feet 4,295 metres
Torreys N 39° 38.565' W 105° 49.274' 14,267 feet 4,349 metres
Handies N 37° 54.778' W 107° 30.262' 14,048 feet 4,282 metres
Lindsey N 37° 35.035' W 105° 26.696' 14,059 feet 4,285 metres
Redcloud N 37° 56.367' W 107° 25.534' 14,034 feet 4,278 metres
Maroon Peak N 39° 04.252' W 106° 59.342' 14,156 feet 4,315 metres
Humboldt Peak N 37° 58.566' W 105° 33.338' 14,064 feet 4,287 metres
Mount Shavano N 38° 37.146' W 106° 14.359' 14,229 feet 4,358 metres
Uncompahgre Peak N 38° 04.303' W 107° 27.728' 14,309 feet 4,361 metres
Ellingwood Point N 37° 34.954' W 105° 29.550' 14,042 feet 4,280 metres
Challenger Point* N 37° 58.819' W 105° 36.394' 14,081 feet 4,292 metres
Windom Peak N 37° 37.274' W 107° 35.515' 14,082 feet 4,292 metres
Sunlight Peak N 37° 37.645' W 107° 35.742' 14,059 feet 4,285 metres
Mount Wilson N 37° 50.349' W 107° 59.500' 14,246 feet 4,342 metres
Wilson Peak N 37° 51.612' W 107° 59.090' 14,017 feet 4,272 metres
El Diente N 37° 50.356' W 108° 00.322' 14,159 feet 4,315 metres
Capitol Peak N 39° 09.016' W 107° 04.978' 14,130 feet 4,306.5 metres
Crestone Peak N 37° 58.013' W 105° 35.125' 14,294 feet 4,357 metres
Little Bear Peak N 37° 34.007' W 105° 29.837' 14,037 feet 4,278 metres

* Cameron, Challenger Point, Conundrum Peak, North Eolus, and North Maroon are not "official" 14ers but well worth stopping by if you're in the area!

(Remember, the connecting saddle, between two peaks, must drop at least a 300 feet/91 metres for both summits to be considered official!)

 

Some Trailheads:

Chicago Lakes Trailhead 52 Roger J. Wendell by Steve Farley - 10-16-2011
Mount Evans Wilderness, Colorado
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
South Colony Lakes (for the Crestones and Humboldt) N 37° 57.848' W 105° 33.759' 11,745 feet 3,580 metres
Capitol Lake campsite #8 (as of 08-09-2009) N 39° 09.954' W 107° 04.977' 11,622 feet 3,542 metres
Capitol Creek Trailhead (For Capitol Peak) N 39° 14.055' W 107° 04.842' 9,532 feet 2,905 metres
Navajo Lake (for the Wilsons and El Diente) N 37° 50.858' W 108° 01.669' 11,154 feet 3,399 metres
Woods Lake (to Navajo Lake for the Wilsons and El Diente ) N 37° 53.043' W 108° 03.211' 9,429 feet 2,874 metres
Needleton train stop at the Animas River (for access to Chicago Basin) N 37° 38.014' W 107° 41.569' 8,160 feet 2,487 metres
Shavano + Tabeguache trailhead (parking lot at restroom) N 38° 35.800' W 106° 11.822' 9,564 feet 2,915 metres
Matterhorn Creek trailhead (for Wetterhorn Peak) N 38° 01.863' W 107° 29.472' 10,836 feet 3,303 metres
Bakerville at I-70 (My favorite starting point for Grays and Torreys!) N 39° 41.472' W 105° 48.289' 9,842 feet 3,014 metres
Grays and Torreys parking lot N 39° 39.652' W 105° 47.060' 11,251 feet 3,429 metres
Maroon Lake N 35° 05.919' W 106° 56.406' 9,580 feet 2,920 metres

 

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Roger J. Wendell on the road to Mount Evans, Colorado -  05-16-2009
North America's highest auto road!
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