| EPIC 14ER FINISH!!!!!!
EPIC 14ER FINISH!!!!
I have known Sean (aka. doggler) for seven years now. After climbing some of the 14ers with my fiancée over the past few summers, I realized what a crazy animal he is.
We got the invite over the 4th of July weekend to hike Sean's final 14er with him. From the beginning he said this would be a party no one would forget and everyone would want to join in. I found this statement a little hard to believe at the time. Sure, you can have a party on the summit, but I NEVER expected anything like this!!!
It was a brisk morning as the group began to gather around 7:00am at the trailhead. I was first met by two pirates, a mormon, and a pimp with a red radio flyer wagon. Shortly after that I was greeted by a robot, a hotdog, a lumberjack (axe included), some ladies in nice dresses with sparklies, a fisherman, some cheerleaders, a guy in a pink running skirt, and a Hawaiian Santa. WOW! Maybe this would be a party no one would forget. As we posed for a before hike picture our group total had reached almost 40!!
The group started hiking around 7:30am. Mr. Pimp (doggler) led the way, pulling his radio flyer behind him. The wagon held two frozen beers which started to explode after going over a few rocks and bridges. Not to mention it was very loud. The hike was full of laughs, stories, and readings from the "Book 'O Mormon" mid-stride. The book was actually a book about beer with a hand-made Mormon book cover.
Before reaching the saddle, radio flyer had to be carried on doggler's back the rest of the way to the summit. As our group started to assemble on the summit, things seemed pretty mellow. Oh how quickly things can change!! The pirates handed out jell-o shots, the hot dog got out twister, and someone started passing around a decent sized cake. And there were more readings from the "Book 'O Mormon". The party was going strong and then some guy (crossfitter, I believe) pulled out a 62 pound keg from his back pack! Are you kidding me?!?!?!?!? This was followed by another guy stripping down to his speedo!!
Due to a prior commitment we could not stay on the summit as long as some did. It is my understanding some people in the group stayed on the summit for about three hours, doing keg stands, before starting the journey down.
Some of you might think this party would be an obnoxious thing to find on top of a mountain. But it was so obnoxious that anyone remotely close had no choice but to join in on the fun. Random strangers were enjoying the beer, cake, and good times.
It was an absolutely beautiful day and exactly how Sean wanted his finale of the 14ers to be.
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