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 Peak(s):  Mt. Sneffels  -  14,150 feet
 Post Date:  09/20/2012 Modified: 03/31/2014
 Date Climbed:   09/15/2012
 Posted By:  SurfNTurf
 Additional Members:   RJansen77, Fisching

 Full Circle Finisher    

FULL CIRCLE FINISHER: #58, MT. SNEFFELS
September 15, 2012
In memory of Rob Jansen, Chris Gray and Sean Wylam

(Disclaimer: I know, I know. This report is long-winded and will probably be more LOOK-AT-ME than my Pyramid TR. But it’s about my finisher. Let me have this one, eh? Greg will follow with a LOOK-AT-ME finisher TR of his own after he gets No. 73.)

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The Summit Party.


“Nah, you can’t summit any of the 14ers without ropes and stuff. They’re all really serious climbs.”

Those were my friend’s words as we drove back from a dayhike in the Weminuche Wilderness in early summer 2009. He was my outdoor mentor at the time, a lifelong backpacker from Chicago. He even had his own tent. I stared up at the inspiring pyramid of Twilight Peak as we descended back into New Mexico on U.S. 550 and thought, “I guess peaks that intimidating are simply out of my league – and it’s not even a 14er.”

I moved to New Mexico in June 2008 after graduating college to take my first job as a newspaper reporter. I grew up in Charlotte and had spent the previous four years as a beach bum in Wilmington, N.C. I heard there was some outdoor stuff or something out West, which sounded cool, so I went to WalMart and got a pair of $40 Ozark Trail hiking boots. Thus adequately prepared for my desert/mountain life, I shoved everything I could into my Mazda 3 and streaked off on I-40 West.

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My prior life: Putting the Surf in SurfNTurf.


I spent most of my first year figuring out what green chile was and trying to avoid skinwalkers. I drove up to the mountains a few times, but the heaviest coat I owned was a track jacket and my prevailing thought about winter was, “This is the worst thing ever.”

The following summer, when the temperatures finally warmed up and I was able to leave my apartment not dressed like an arctic explorer, the majesty of the mountains started to dawn on me. I had my stepdad send me some hand-me-down gear, went on my first overnight backpack, bought a mountain bike and fell in love with the Weminuche. I purchased a 0-degree bag for summer because I still thought cold was lame. Just when I started to turn my eyes upward, my friend told me the 14ers were inaccessible. C’est la vie.

Then, in late August, I discovered 14ers.com. It turns out some high peaks are easy after all, including a few near me in the San Juans. I bought a synthetic T-shirt and a pair of Merrell Moabs the next day and was attempting Mt. Sneffels that very weekend. I was solo and overeager, the first person on the mountain. When I reached a highpoint about 50 feet past the V-notch and couldn’t see where else to go, I figured that was the summit. Merrily down I went, spraying to everyone I passed that I’d just summited my first 14er. I kept Mt. Sneffels checked off for nearly two years before I grudgingly admitted to myself that I hadn’t visited the top. Thus, a poignant “full-circle” finisher was born…

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Descending after a "successful summit" of Mt. Sneffels (August 2009).


It’s cool, though. How many people can say their first 14er was in Chicago Basin? That’s where my buddy Steve Lynn and I went that Labor Day weekend, but Mt. Eolus scared me and I was too chicken to even acknowledge the existence of Sunlight Peak. We did a two-day dash for Windom (carrying, among other things, a gallon jug of water each) and made it back in time to work (on Labor Day). Being a journalist is a pain in the ass sometimes.

It started getting cold again in September. I went to TJ Maxx and bought $10 gloves, which made Redcloud and Sunshine attainable. My car couldn’t get anywhere near Uncompahgre, and Wetterhorn might as well have been called “Wet-my-pants-horn.” My easy options within a reasonable drive were finished, but no matter. I moved to Boston in November.

I’d learned the basics of rock climbing in Ouray and Durango, and with no real mountains in the Northeast (trolling…trolling…), that’s what I spent most of my time doing. I went to MetroRock 2-3 times a week and lounged most Saturdays at the Quincy Quarries. It didn’t take long for me to realize life was no longer the same without mountains, and after only 10 months I was again overburdening my poor Mazda3 and racing back west – this time, to Denver.

I crashed on my friends Lindsay and Steve’s couch for a few weeks while I got set up. Lindsay, a wedding photographer at the time, worked odd hours. I roped her into a weekday climb of Quandary Peak as soon as I was acclimated. From that moment, the race was on. I went to the mountains more and more regularly, which wasn’t hard as I was unemployed for nearly three whole months.

I did my first Class 3 route, Kelso Ridge, with Brian Thomas. My peak list was in the teens by the fall. I got an ice ax and a belay puffy for Christmas and found $50 crampons on Craigslist. I joined speth, ChrisinAZ and Brian Thomas on my first winter climb in January, a repeat of Quandary Peak. The same crew, minus Brian and plus Fletch and Vincopotamus, attended the Winter Gathering and notched both Harvard and Columbia. Elbert, again with Brian Thomas, wrapped up my first winter.

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Winter summit No. 1, Quandary Peak (January 2011).


Cold was no longer much of an issue. It’s a miracle what some gear upgrades will do. The snow climbing bug bit me hard, and I literally crossed the days off my calendar waiting for May and couloir season. The Angel of Shavano was my first true snow climb, and I basically did the whole thing grinning from ear to ear. There wasn’t any turning back – week after week, I chased the moderate snow. Cristo Couloir, Boudoir Couloir, Dead Dog Couloir. Repeating Grays for the third time via Lost Rat Couloir yielded one of the best mountain stories I have, the rescue of Loki the Dog. The Ellen Show never called me, though. I’m still waiting.

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First "couloir" climb, the Angel of Shavano.


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Andrew comes upon Loki, the original rescued dog. Andrew and I did not make a Facebook page about our Brotherhood.


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Loki rescue.


When the snow melted I decided to pursue more and more difficult peaks. Snowmass Mountain seemed like a good next step in my progression, and I teamed up with Dan McCool, whom I had met at the Winter Gathering. We’d already shared (failed) hikes of Blanca/Ellingwood and Missouri Mountain, and he had become one of my favorite partners.

On Snowmass, we climbed a direct snow route to within 100 feet of the summit, then stayed ridge proper to the top. The line was aesthetic, the day was perfect and we were churning on all cylinders. Off for North Snowmass we went. We were about 10 minutes from the summit when I heard a sound I’ll never forget, a rockslide of mammoth proportions. It went for several seconds and a thin cloud of dust filled the air. Dan and I looked at each other warily, and even before we heard the shouts for help, we knew it was bad.

We immediately scampered back to Snowmass. The next six hours – from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – will stay with me forever. A young man, Sean Wylam, had been caught in the rockslide. Dan and I, along with S-Ridge climbers Ryan Marsters and Andrew Reed, did everything we could to help Sean while we waited for rescue. Alas, he passed away on the Flight for Life helicopter late that afternoon, even as we were cheering it on during our descent thinking it was carrying him to salvation. We didn’t learn he'd succumbed to his injuries until 10:30 p.m. when we completed the 8-mile hike out to the trailhead. We were shattered.

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Dan and I on Snowmass. Sean Wylam snapped this photo of us moments before his accident. RIP, Sean.


Before Snowmass, I was 25 and bulletproof. Sure, you hear about accidents on 14ers, but they’d never happen to me, right? For the first time I weighed the concept of “risk vs. reward.” Sean was every bit as experienced and prepared as I was, if not moreso, and yet he’d simply stepped on the wrong rock at the wrong time. I developed a serious fear of loose rock – were mountains like the Wilson Group and Little Bear even worth it? I wondered if I’d ever finish the 14ers, or even if I wanted to.

Logic told me to ease back into it. I stuck to more tame peaks for a while, starting with a loop of Missouri, Iowa and Emerald with Trainer Keri. Eventually Darrin (kansas) talked me into joining his experienced group for Crestone Needle. If I was ever going to do a “Most Difficult” peak, it might was well be with such an all-star cast. I battled some demons in my head before the hike, but under Darrin’s watchful eye the Needle ended up being a pleasure cruise. I headed back to Chicago Basin to tackle the previously scary Eolus and Sunlight and had an equally easy time. Hope returned of possibly finishing all the 14ers after all.

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First hike after Sean's accident. Missouri, Iowa and Emerald with Keri.


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Once again pushing limits. Descending the crux on Crestone Needle.


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This time, I acknowledged the existence of Sunlight Peak.


I met Rob Jansen (RJansen77) in October. I can’t imagine finding a more perfect partner. We had similar experience, shared many of the same goals, and got along like old war buddies. We tackled some easier peaks together and then really got after it during the first full winter season for both of us. Over the next few months, I shared with Rob what I consider my finest climbs: the Southwest Ridge of Ellingwood Point, Kelso Ridge and Mt. Massive in winter; Little Bear as an ice climb in late March; Crestone Needle in early May; and the North Face of Mt. Wilson and Wilson Peak over Memorial Day.

These climbs, and others, also saw the formation of The Brat Pack (no, we didn’t give ourselves this nickname). Everyone should be so lucky as to have climbing partners and friends like these.

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The Southwest Ridge of Ellingwood Point.


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Day 1 of the Mt. Massive sufferfest (February 2012).


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The Brat Pack hiking the Lake Como Road for Little Bear.


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Hourglass (March 31, 2012).


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Ascending Broken Hand Pass during an early May climb of Crestone Needle.


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Mt. Wilson summit. We earned this one (May 2012).


I last climbed with Rob on Culebra Peak on Aug. 11, 2012. It was an absolutely perfect day, capped with a barbecue at Greg’s house afterward. That Saturday will forever encapsulate the spirit and camaraderie of “the Pack.”

Rob perished in a rockslide while traversing from Snowmass Mountain to Hagerman Peak on Aug. 25, 2012 with Dan, Dillon, Tyler and Greg. I was hiking the approach to Capitol when it happened, and didn’t find out about the accident until I got cell service on the summit Aug. 26. Maintaining my composure until I was safely down past “K2” was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life. Thanks again Otina, Emily, Mandy, Clay, Milan and especially Darrin for keeping my head on straight.

The news of Chris Gray’s death on Crestone Peak came only a couple days later. I’d also hiked with Chris, and we’d made many plans that unfortunately never came to fruition. The 14ers.com community lost two good men in nearly as many days. I again was shaken to my core.

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My final climb with Rob.


As with after Sean’s accident, I wanted to get up and climbing as soon as possible. Rob’s dad told me, and all of us, to carry the torch for his son. That became my main motivation the past few weeks. Rob and I, along with Greg and Tyler, had planned on finishing the 58 Fourteeners together Sept. 15 on Mt. Sneffels. With Rob gone and Tyler out with a broken ankle sustained in the same accident, the task was left to me and Greg. The weekend after the tragedy I daytripped Blanca from the bottom of the Lake Como Road with Will Davis and overnighted Crestone Peak from the Cottonwood Creek TH with Steve Lynn. Both of these, like Missouri Mountain after Sean’s passing, were well within my comfort zone.

The next weekend wasn’t. I still needed South Maroon, and would have been “happy” enough to slog up and down the 2,800’ of Suck. My partners instead encouraged me to keep pushing my limits, as I’d been doing with Rob. We decided on the Bells Traverse after no small amount of waffling on my part. The pure joy of climbing came back immediately, and in perfect conditions we dispatched the traverse with only a few nicked fingers and shins. I couldn’t help but feel like Rob was watching over me. Greg, too, managed to complete the Chicago Basin and La Plata (and the Little Bear-Blanca Traverse for extra credit) despite a bum ankle.

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First climb after Rob's accident, a daytrip of Blanca from 8,000'.


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Celebrating the Bells Traverse.


So, only two mountains remained: El Diente Peak and Mt. Sneffels. I’d come a long way from the time I turned around about 100 feet short of the Sneffels summit because I didn’t know where else to go. What better way to bring the story full circle than to return to Ouray/Telluride (not coincidentally my favorite area in Colorado) and finish the climb that launched the journey?

Of course, the last two peaks wouldn’t come easy. Emily and I couldn’t leave Denver until 8:30 p.m. Thursday night, putting us at the Kilpacker TH only about three hours before we planned to meet Jorge, Keri, Bill and Mandy for the hike. Luckily, we were able to get a late start with an absolutely stellar weather forecast. We reached the summit of El Diente without issue despite running on fumes, though the talus slog on the way down was atrocious. The Kilpacker route was fairly straightforward and easy, especially compared with the North Slopes, which we had dismissed in May as suicidal (it was ice-covered) with nary a second glance.

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El Diente summit; No. 57 for me, No. 56 for Bill. One left!


And so, with only one peak remaining, I met the greatest group a man could dare to hope for in Ouray. More than 20 friends from my 14er journey made the long haul down to the San Juans to celebrate the finisher with me, Greg and Rob. We had more than a few adult beverages at the campground Friday night, including a few special Dale’s cans inscribed with, “Climb on, Rob.” Dale’s Pale Ale was Rob’s favorite beer, which he called “the best beer on earth.” This led to a late start on Saturday for Sneffels, but again, we had a perfect weather forecast. Not even a chance of storms. We started hiking in several clusters around 8:30 a.m.

The atmosphere was festive, to say the least. Greg had his son on his back, Kris was carrying a keg, and Emily was playing tunes on a portable radio. I felt a little bad for the other groups on the mountain, but most of them were up and down before we even completed the approach. It was a finishing party, anyway, so I hope you purists will forgive us. Just this once?

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The beginning of the end.


About half the group climbed the Southwest Ridge, while the rest stuck to the standard route. Everyone descended the standard. The SW Ridge was everything I’d hoped it would be: short, sweet and fun. The loose gully that comprises the most annoying/dangerous part of the route can be bypassed by staying high on some Class 4 ledges. It’s cairned. I never once had to enter the loose stuff, and the curses I heard from those that did made me glad of it. I stayed ridge proper for most of the upper route, which added a bit of challenge and exposure. It was pure fun. I don’t think I stopped smiling for the final 500 feet of my 14er journey.

Upon arriving on the summit, the first thing I saw was Dan and Dillon sitting down, looking out over Utah and obviously deep in thought. I went up and put my arms around them before I even took off my backpack or helmet. We were all thinking about Rob, and one of them just said, “This is perfect.”

The keg was tapped and groups began settling in on the summit. Greg showed up a bit later, and I was lucky enough to capture his final steps. Have you ever seen someone so happy?

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Greg's final steps to the summit.


We stayed on the summit for nearly three hours. Everyone was responsible with the alcohol, and despite the huge group we couldn’t even finish the keg. It was an equally joyous and somber occasion. We all remembered Rob with a moment of silence, and we called his father from the summit. We also celebrated in the style he would have wanted, with lots of jokes and socializing. It’s rare for such a perfect group to come together, and I’m so thankful for each and every one of you.

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Kris, the keg-carrier.


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Finishers (Jeff Golden, Greg Fischer).


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Can anyone see Emily?


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Ladies on the summit.


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Special Dale's cans for Rob.


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Dillon, Dan, Me, Greg and Ben. Better friends a man cannot have.


We were extra cautious on the descent, going slow and in small, tight-knit groups to avoid rockfall. The party began again once we were safely on the approach trail and continued through another night at Ouray Brewery, Ourayle Brewery and the campground. It was exactly the finisher I’d imagined. I wouldn’t change a damn thing.

So here I am, three years removed from $40 WalMart hiking boots and a 14er Finisher. I’m a completely different person – and, in my opinion, a much better person – because of my mountain journey. More importantly, I’ve made some of the best friends on the planet.

Everyone keeps asking what’s next. “What are you going to do now?” The truth is, I haven’t thought about it. I haven’t really had time. The past month has been such a whirlwind I’ve skipped dinner more often than I’ve eaten it.

I don’t plan on doing all the 13ers, and the Centennials will probably be a long-term accomplishment that just kind of happens. I love winter 14ers but in my mind several are simply too dangerous. Of course, my tune could change. The one thing I don’t want to do is feverishly chase another list. The most fun I had during my 14er campaign was the summer of 2011, when I simply attempted whatever route sounded the most interesting on a given weekend. I’ll definitely hit 8-10 mountains this winter -- get some more snowflakes for my profile. I enjoy the group hikes and meeting people and helping newer folks learn whenever I can. People took me under their wing; it’s only fair I do the same. I want to start writing more about mountaineering and potentially pursue that as a career path. More ambitiously, I feel like Rainier was only getting my feet wet. I hope to go on as many “big trips” as I can in the coming years, and cogs are already turning for Orizaba and Gannett Peak.

That’s enough about that. One thing the mountains and the tragedies I’ve witnessed have taught me is that life is about the few inches in front of your face. If you spend too much time looking back, or looking forward, you won’t appreciate the present. We can’t control much except what is happening right here, right now. Sometimes you can’t even control that.

So, what’s next?

I’m going to crack open a beer. I’m going to find a bar with the NFL Network and watch my beloved Carolina Panthers play their first primetime game in two years. I’m going to attend Rob’s memorial this weekend and say another goodbye to one of the best friends I’ve ever had, and then I’m going to enjoy spending time with the people with whom I’m lucky enough to be surrounded.

And if I can find a few spare moments in all of that, you know, maybe these Orizaba logistics could use some attention…

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All right, boys. What next? Dan, you can leave that hat at home...



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  • Comments or Questions
MountainMedic


The man     2012-09-20 17:04:05
Hey, there, the man. Looks like you've finished the 14ers. I wish you would boast a little less and start giving back to the community.

But really, great TR. Your best yet (and that's saying something). I am really impressed by your ability to do something as impressive as finishing these mountains and to make it not about your accomplishments, but about others'. Rob-like, really. Can't wait to climb with you and live in your house. We can give Ben crap about never wearing a shirt, and Ben and I can give you crap about taking out the trash and washing the dishes. BTW, I was in your apartment earlier today and I think the bathroom sink could use a good once-over.


aliciaf


Congrats     2012-09-20 17:08:38
Congrats on the finish - what a great trip report! Very inspiring...!


BobbyFinn


Congrats!     2012-09-20 17:12:22
What a great finisher TR. Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to seeing you out there. Just try not to trip on any more class 1 trails...


bergsteigen


You've come a long way since sea level     2012-09-20 17:20:41
... and that windy winter summit of Columbia. It's amazing what you have accomplished in the 2 short years you have been at this. Keep at it, and the sky is the limit (or summit)


dillonsarnelli


look at yourself?!?     2012-09-20 17:26:31
Jeff - I'm pretty sure I haven't commented on a TR since August 25th. I'd say excellent TR, but man, you already know that. This TR is an amazing reminder of why we love to do this. I was a late comer to your 3 year party, but picking you and Rob up randomly for a hike on your favorite mountain last December, was probably the best decision I ever made. Thank you Jeff.


Chicago Transplant


Congrats     2012-09-20 17:26:34
Congrats Jeff! It was fun reading about your journey. ”What's next” doesn't have to be a list, just keep doing what you love with friends you love 8)


marie123


Congrats...     2012-09-20 17:40:05
just doesn't begin to cover it. Having the composure to finish (for yourself and Rob) is really incredible. You and your ”pack” are some of the most genuine, nicest, funniest, and most humble people I have ever met while hiking. I think I speak for the entire 14er community when I say that I sincerely hope you continue your trip reports! (ps - you and Emily should consider Ecuador with Ryan and I next year - just throwin that out there!)


AndYouSeeMe


Congrats     2012-09-20 18:00:48
Way to go Jeff and as usual an amazingly well written trip report. I am def proud of the way you guys have honored Rob and am positive he wouldn't have it any other way.

I look forward to some lowly 13ers in the near future!


Tony1


Congratulations     2012-09-20 18:01:51
You're awesome, Jeff. This was a great read and also reminded me just how much I love these mountains and spending time in them. You, along with your ”others”, including Rob, are fantastic role models. I'm excited for you and your future adventures!


KeithK


Jeff...     2012-09-20 18:12:27
...I'm proud of you. Simply a terrific way to cover it all; congratulations, and it's an honor to call you ”friend”.


MonGoose


     2012-09-20 18:14:55
Great work guys! Jeff, it has been a tremendous privilege to have climbed with you. Thank you for taking me on my first winter climb and for all the advice you have provided throughout this summer. You are a tremendous asset to this community and we have all benefited from the information and enthusiasm you have contributed.


zephyr_pelicante


Excellent TR     2012-09-20 18:49:52
Great read. You really are a great writer. Congratulations on your journey and thanks for sharing it with us!


EVEREST DREAMS


awesome journey     2012-09-20 18:53:03
Sneffels is a great mountain. I will continue to climb it every time I am close. We are finishing up next summer with a party as well. I only have Snowmass left and wanted to end on that peak. I will continue on with the centennials and always climb with others who need more peaks to finish. Enjoy


Billy the Kid


Congrats!     2012-09-20 19:49:15
Great stuff! I have never met you or hiked with you, but I can see this was one of the best days of your life! I hope to finish next year and can't wait to be in the same company as you! Cheers!!


jmc5040


Congrats     2012-09-20 20:05:07
Your TR was great to read. It's cool to hear how people coming from different backgrounds get drawn together because of one thing... mountains. I grew up in PA, moved to upstate NY, and now to CO because of those mountains. Thanks for putting this together as it was inspiring to read. Most importantly congrats on finishing.


ChrisinAZ


Congrats     2012-09-20 20:07:17
to both of you...I look back on fond memories with the parts of your journey I've shared with you.

And you know who to ask if you need any beta on Gannett


forbins_mtn


wow....     2012-09-20 20:17:37
we've never met, but i'm not sure i've ever enjoyed reading a TR more than this one. congratulations! you are a wonderful story teller. never ever lose that gift!


14erOHOLIC


Fantastic report     2012-09-20 20:44:56
amazing accomplishment.
I started this 14er affliction in 1979. I made my 25th summit on September 11th, 2012 (Mount of the Holy Cross) (look for the video coming soon).
The question I have for you all is ”how are you getting this time off from work?”


BenfromtheEast


Beginning of the end?     2012-09-20 21:20:01
How about end of the beginning?


Alpine


Excellent!     2012-09-20 21:31:44
Never met you as a far as I know, but that was a great TR. i also got lots of ”What are you going to do next?” this sumemr after finishing, and have the same ideas as you about it...good luck and be safe.


kansas


Thank you     2012-09-20 22:06:09
For letting me be part of this journey. You are one of the few genuinely good people I know. Hopefully we can get out onto some good stuff now that the list is complete.

Oh, and...


zdero1


Congrats!     2012-09-20 22:09:53
What an amazing, dynamic journey. Truly inspiring.


wildlobo71


Friend...     2012-09-20 22:17:13
Glad I was there; thanks for letting me catch a ride with your enthusiasm and spirit. It's been an awesome ride thus far. Thanks for the words of encouragement and the crap dished out in fun. Climb on.


Brian Thomas


you may have 58     2012-09-21 05:49:43
But you're not ”finished” yet!


ctlee


Incredible journey!     2012-09-21 06:56:47
Thanks for sharing your story-it's very cool to read how other got started in this crazy pursuit-congratulations and happy climbing!! Also noticed the ”rjansen77” in ”additional members”. Amazing tribute, also.


I Man


The Journey has Just Begun     2012-09-21 08:22:34
It's been an honor and a privilege getting to know you, my friend. As this journey comes to a close, a new one begins. I know you will do great things both in and out of the mountains. 13ers, international climbs, technical rock...the sky is the limit!

I look forward to many years of climbing together...and thank you, for all that you have done so far.


Matt


I'm Glad That     2012-09-21 11:15:33
Your road thus far went to the summit of Rainier. Thanks for making that trip so solid and such a good time.
Congrats on finishing ”the list,” Jeff.
EDIT--As a former Farmingtonian, I wholeheartedly agree with summit2sea's comment--laugh out loud funny!


HarknessHooligans


Fun!!!!     2012-09-21 09:01:05
Congratulations on your finisher! What an awesome accomplishment with so many great memories and friends. I really enjoyed reading your TR. It seems to echo many of the same thoughts and feelings many of us have as hikers and climbers. What a great way to remember Rob, Sean and Chris. Congrats to Greg too! Carrying a baby up a 14er is quite the challenge. You two deserve a big pat on the back. Climb on!


JosephG

Congrats!     2012-09-21 09:24:20
Very nice TR, and congrats on ”finishing!” It's nice putting aside that listmania.


dmccool


Always in-style, may man     2012-09-21 09:29:28
This day was filled with all kinds of emotion, but the one that stands out is ”pure joy”. I'm so happy that you finished, but I know there are so many more stories to come. Words can't describe how I feel, so I had to put it in a song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCJtwxAw1Pc


Rainier_Wolfcastle


Congratulations!     2012-09-21 09:56:24
Thanks for sharing your journey. The rest of us would be damn lucky if you get to write about mountains full-time! Sorry about your Panthers...


kushrocks


So Proud     2012-09-21 10:05:44
to have been just a small part of your and Greg's journey to finish. What a great tribute to Rob as well. I still feel terrible I couldnt make this. You and Greg are amazing people and I am honorod to call you guys my friends. I look up to you guys more than I will ever be able to put into words.



P.S. Oh and like Annie said Ecuador fall of 2013 . .GAME ON!!


EatinHardtack


Congrats     2012-09-21 10:07:02
Congrats you guys. Very nice write up and remembrance TR.


michaelgrundy


amazing     2013-01-24 08:31:45
Great job on finishing and on an amazing TR! If was awesome to read about your journey and it makes me wish that I could have been a part of it! Congrats again!


summit2sea


Congrats!     2012-09-21 11:04:06
Congratulations Jeff! Great TR, you had me at ”I spent most of my first year figuring out what green chile was and trying to avoid skinwalkers”


rajz06


Beautiful!     2012-09-21 14:16:33
What an eloquent way to summarize a life's journey! And of course, congratulations Dr. Colorado!


whit12


Congrats!     2012-09-22 09:32:41
Loved the TR Jeff! Your start in Colorado sounds a lot like mine. Congratulations again!


MrJohnnySpot


Congratulations!     2012-09-21 14:45:01
Thanks for that great ”TR” and overall summation of your journey. It seems I'm about three years behind you and I look forward to my own adventures.


nyker


Congrats!     2012-09-21 18:00:17
Pretty cool Jeff. You know, there are 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks waiting for you...


somethingrandom


Amazing     2012-09-21 19:49:16
It is no wonder you and Rob were great friends. You are a genuine guy and a great person. Thank you for including me in your journey, watching you finish the 14ers was amazing and no matter what the future holds, I know you will climb with humility and the humble nature we know you for. Kudos!


Dancesatmoonrise


Congrats!     2012-09-21 23:42:53
Jeff, warm congrats on your finisher.

And a great report, too. Good job!


Craig Cook


From a fellow journalist...     2012-09-22 22:27:41
Amazing trip report of an amazing journey. Big time congratulations to you.

I'm sorry our plans to meet up earlier this summer didn't work out, but I hope to be lucky enough to climb with you in the near future.


FireOnTheMountain


This made me smile...     2012-09-24 16:30:55
”I don’t think I stopped smiling for the final 500 feet of my 14er journey.”

Way to go man! I know Rob is proud.


Ridge runner


congrats!     2012-09-24 17:03:59
Sounds like you've picked up a great group of friends on your 14er journey. Congrats to you and Greg on finishing!


USAKeller


Finally...     2012-09-25 12:06:39
got around to reading this... Awesome TR Jeff, as always. Wish I could have been there to help celebrate! And congrats again on finishing


Rock-a-Fella


Great Accomplishment!     2012-09-29 16:44:14
Jeff, You and I met under a different set of circumstances on Snowmass and again on Hagerman's. It was so nice to enjoy a couple of beers with you in Denver. I hope we can go climbing sometime. For now.......enjoy this one!



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