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This is a 14er...                                                         And this is not...

A 14er (fourteener) is a mountain thatís been surveyed by the U.S. Geological Survey whose summit is recorded as being 14,000 feet or higher above sea level.

Of some 80 fourteeners in the U.S., 53 of them are situated in the state of Colorado. These mountains are composed of 3 types of rocks: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. A great number of the Colorado 14ers were first climbed by Indians, hunters, prospectors, or just early hikers. These people had no idea they were making mountaineering history.

The great thing about climbing 14ers in Colorado is you can experience and walk up many of them with strong legs, a strong heart, strong lungs and a strong will.

And this one might be a 14er...depending upon your list!!

There is a standard in Colorado for what constitutes a separate mountain.
This "accepted standard" states that a peak must rise 300 feet above the connecting
saddle of a higher "recognized" mountain. Such standards are necessary because
otherwise every point on a ridge or even every boulder could be called a "peak".

This standard is subjective however and standards for other states and countries
are different. Moreover, many people apply their own "relaxed" variations of this
standard when it comes to certain peaks that may carry a lot of "power".
North Maroon Peak and El Diente Peak are both examples of this in Colorado
as they are found on many lists of 14ers.

There is also a rule of sorts that states that in order to climb a mountain you must gain
3,000 feet of elevation on foot with no mechanical advantage (car, bicycle, etc.). There are
many "relaxed" variations to this rule as well. Quite often it is considered acceptable
to say you climbed two mountains if you gained 3,000 feet on foot for one of them and
then traversed a connecting ridge to the second peak. Many people consider riding a
bicycle up Mt. Evans from Idaho Springs as having climbed the mountain.

Our philosophy is that mountain climbing is a very personal endeavor. For some,
driving to the Mt. Evans parking lot and hiking the 200 feet to the summit is a significant
accomplishment. Others might choose to apply a 4,000 foot rule instead of a 3,000 foot
rule. Others still may say that only way you can say you "climbed" a peak is if you followed
a technical (class 5) route. We choose to resist comparisons with others (whenever
possible). We recommend that every mountain enthusiast establish their own criteria
for what constitutes a peak and for what constitutes climbing a peak.

Make your own list and GO FOR IT!!

Click here for our list of Colorado's 14ers

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