When did you first start climbing Mountains?

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When did you first start climbing mountains?

Before 1960s
3
2%
1960s
11
8%
1970s
19
14%
1980s
15
11%
1990s
20
15%
2000s
25
18%
2010s
44
32%
 
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Re: When did you first start climbing Mountains?

Post by SurfNTurf » Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:04 am

I tried Mt. Sneffels and succeeded on Windom, Redcloud and Sunshine in 2009 at age 23. I didn't begin mountaineering in earnest, however, until after a brief detour back to the East Coast. My pursuit of the full 14er list and bigger mountains like Rainier, etc. began in 2010.

Peakbagging was my sole obsession from 2011-2015. I still love it, but after nearly a decade I find myself diversifying my outdoor portfolio more and more. I still attempt plenty of 13ers and 14ers, I'm just equally stimulated by desert hiking, canyoneering, alpine lakes, backpacking, kayaking and so on.
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Re: When did you first start climbing Mountains?

Post by crestone14ers » Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:15 pm

Started hiking Catskills and Adirondaks in H.S. and College and climbed first 14er, Mt. of the Holy Cross via the Cross Couloir in 1975. Completed the 14ers if my memory serves me well in 2004, after climbing many other rock and snow routes and peaks in the intervening years.

Now I will only go on 14ers and popular 13ers in the times, like late fall, winter and early spring. Why? Because the peaks are too freakin crowded and I've always gone to the wilderness to get away from crowds.

You've got to be someone very special, like my nephews to even get me to consider a 14er in the summertime.
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Re: When did you first start climbing Mountains?

Post by AnnaG22 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:13 pm

SurfNTurf wrote:Peakbagging was my sole obsession from 2011-2015. I still love it, but after nearly a decade I find myself diversifying my outdoor portfolio more and more. I still attempt plenty of 13ers and 14ers, I'm just equally stimulated by desert hiking, canyoneering, alpine lakes, backpacking, kayaking and so on.
Shift the range to 2014-2016 and the activities to running, skiing, getting back into cycling, and hopefully backpacking more again next year, and I'm right there in the same boat, Jeff. The outdoors in general are great. :-D
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"I get scared sometimes—lots of times—but it's not bad. You know? I feel close to myself. When I'm out there at night, I feel close to my own body, I can feel my blood moving, my skin and my fingernails, everything, it's like I'm full of electricity and I'm glowing in the dark—I'm on fire almost—I'm burning away into nothing—but it doesn't matter because I know exactly who I am." from The Things They Carried
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Re: When did you first start climbing Mountains?

Post by XterraRob » Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:27 pm

Hiking in Colorado was extremely enjoyable (and hard earned) throughout the 60s & 70s, it had a completely different vibe than what you experience today. There were no multi-million dollar homes lining the the mountain sides, beta was scarce, no pit stops every 5-10 miles, many of the highways and roads you enjoy today didn't exist, and the trails were about as wild as what you'd find on current day 12ers/13ers (nevermind the fact that Grizzly Bears still roamed in Colorado). It was probably my favorite and more memorable climbing eras (especially given how raw it was compared to modern times).
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Re: When did you first start climbing Mountains?

Post by AnnaG22 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:40 pm

XterraRob wrote:Hiking in Colorado was extremely enjoyable (and hard earned) throughout the 60s & 70s, it had a completely different vibe than what you experience today. There were no multi-million dollar homes lining the the mountain sides, beta was scarce, no pit stops every 5-10 miles, many of the highways and roads you enjoy today didn't exist, and the trails were about as wild as what you'd find on current day 12ers/13ers (nevermind the fact that Grizzly Bears still roamed in Colorado). It was probably my favorite and more memorable climbing eras (especially given how raw it was compared to modern times).
YOU'RE A TIME TRAVELER, ROB?!???
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Re: When did you first start climbing Mountains?

Post by Oman » Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:59 pm

rijaca wrote:Pikes Peak Aug 1971.
Oddly, I was chasing an apatosaurus on top of Pikes that day and and ran into rijaca. He was with Mickey Hart. We all watched the magma cool.
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Re: When did you first start climbing Mountains?

Post by wildlobo71 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:03 pm

While i have a picture of me on Pikes Peak in 1974; I was only learning to walk. First summit of significance was Huron Peak in 2002... focus on what now compels me started in 2009.
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Re: When did you first start climbing Mountains?

Post by tbaileymd » Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:37 pm

Came out from Indiana with a friend and climbed Longs in late July, 1999. I had no real climbing plans and learned about Longs from the park visitor center. Had never heard of it. Returned with my wife to climb it again with her a few weeks later. Even after that, I still really didn't know what a fourteener was, how many there were, etc. We were just climbing the tallest mountain in the park. We had done the cables route on Half Dome a couple of months before.

Then Elbert and Capitol in 2000. I know, not the recommended order.

Just finished the 58 on Monday on the "S" Ridge of Snowmass. Thank you Bill for a great resource over the years, and to Joe, Tom, and Greg for the climbs this week.

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Re: When did you first start climbing Mountains?

Post by Harrison » Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:01 am

I started at a running camp (with a current forum member too) with a double of Gray's and Torrey's in 2011. I found out at midnight there was enough room for me in a van to go with the group, and stayed up until 3 AM packing for the drive to Colorado. The hike was long, memorable for me with several of my closest friends. Our group was in great spirits going up, talking about doubling, but when we got to the summit of that peak the chatter stopped. The rest of my immediate group started back down, while I headed over to the saddle. When I turned around 15 minutes later, I found that they had followed me after all.

We hiked Mt. Harvard later that week. One of my favorite weeks of camping ever, and it got me hooked on exploring mountains. To think I nearly missed going on the camp out too.
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Re: When did you first start climbing Mountains?

Post by jladderud » Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:55 am

Thanks to Harrison for reviving this thread. I'm having a slower morning at the office.

I can't remember the exact year; but my first time above tree line was in the early 2000's on Sacajawea Peak in the Eagle Cap Wilderness in Oregon. I haven't made it back there much since; but that area still holds a special place in my heart.

The mountains got put on hold for a while during high school and college. Then I found my way back with my first 14er in 2013 when I moved to Colorado for grad school.

First mountaineering was 2016 on Rainier
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Re: When did you first start climbing Mountains?

Post by BradyLampert » Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:51 pm

First summit was in Feb. 2017 on Quandary..since then you could say I’ve got an addiction, almost on average have hiked one once a weekend. I came from the flat lands of North Dakota so of course I wanna hike all the tallest mountains, never saw them until I moved out here.
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Re: When did you first start climbing Mountains?

Post by hokiehead » Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:45 pm

when I moved to Colorado five years ago.
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