Contiguous US 14ers

14ers in California and Washington state or any other peak in the USA
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Contiguous US 14ers

Post by Brian Kalet » Mon Aug 28, 2006 3:25 pm

Does anybody know the answers to the following questions or where I can find them?

1) Approximately how many people have climbed all the ranked contiguous US 14ers?

2) What was the age of the youngest person to climb all of the ranked contiguous US 14ers?

Thanks for any help you can provide.
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Post by collier » Mon Aug 28, 2006 5:50 pm

What do you mean by "contiguous" in this context?
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Post by Brian Kalet » Mon Aug 28, 2006 5:55 pm

The contiguous US = the lower 48 states.

http://www.summitpost.org/list/218991/c ... 14ers.html
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Post by Daniel Trugman » Mon Aug 28, 2006 6:37 pm

The number has to be a substantial amount lower than the amount of people who have climbed colorado' highest, because I believe several of the California 14ers involve technical routes(plus their is Rainier too). I think you are probably out of luck with the age thing though; I'm probably even out of luck!
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Post by skier25 » Mon Aug 28, 2006 6:55 pm

I hope it is someone over 18, 'cuz I have big plans this winter and next summer! :wink:
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Post by collier » Tue Aug 29, 2006 4:09 pm

The contiguous US = the lower 48 states.
Oh, duh. For some reason, I did not see the letters "US" in your message or subject line, so I kept seeing "contiguous 14ers", a phrase which probably doesn't make any sense without some kind of geopolitical reference.

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Post by Skip Perkins » Tue Aug 29, 2006 5:45 pm

Ranier, fifteen in California, and I believe there are only 19 in Alaska but they are a bit dicey. Go for it. At 59 I may not capture the title.
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Re: Contiguous US 14ers

Post by bj » Mon Oct 18, 2010 1:41 pm

I have some interest in this too. I've finished the 15 California 14'ers, 6 in Colorado and intend to finish the rest of the contiguous 48 14’ers.

Here's my best guess:

Rainier summiteers in the tens of thousands (those that have done both of Rainier's summits in the hundreds).
Colorado 14'er finishers number in the thousands.
California 14'er finishers number in the hundreds.

Those who have climbed them all probably well under 100. Add the 3000' rule, people who have done both summits of Rainier, 15 California Peaks, and 58 Colorado; Maybe no one??

I've met one guy who claimed he'd climbed them all (70).

I doubt I'll ever finish using the 3000' rule, but I do plan to climb all the fringe 14'ers.
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Re: Contiguous US 14ers

Post by Brian Kalet » Mon Oct 18, 2010 2:07 pm

This is the most current information on the Contiguous US 14ers.
Do you know if that guy climbed all the 67 ranked peaks on the list?
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Re: Contiguous US 14ers

Post by Jim Davies » Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:02 pm

According to this, the Smith family (father and four sons) climbed all 68 then-recognized 14ers in the contiguous US in 48 days, in 1974. The youngest (Tyle) was 8 years old. This is also mentioned in the intro to Roach's 14er book, although he says only Quade and Tyle did the 68 peaks (there might be some confusion with the later speed record set by these two, in 1990).
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Re: Contiguous US 14ers

Post by elevationcelebration » Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:00 pm

I am slowly working my way on the Cali 14ers list. Got a few left and will hopefully be successful next summer if I haven't moved back to Colorado by that point! Took me 13 years to complete Colorado and 4 years so far in Cali. Looks like no place in the record books for me! By the way, unless you mention Mt. Whitney, nobody out in this state has any idea what a "14er" is.
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Re: Contiguous US 14ers

Post by Jim Davies » Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:19 pm

Fletch wrote:California speed record is something like 10 days or something, so concievably with enough cash and a little luck with the weather, one could climb all the lower 14ers in, what, 6-8 weeks or something?
The Smiths did them in 48 days, in 1974, without a support team.


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