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Multiple summits in one day

Post by Mike Kirsch » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:59 am

Hi,I am planning a trip next June to Colorado and plan on being there for a few weeks to climb. I have climbed Massive, Quandary, Sherman and a few lower altitude summits. While there, I would like to knock out as many summits as I can so not looking for overly difficult hikes, trying to stick to mountains that are relatively close together. My ultimate goal would be to tackle 10 summits in 10 days. Any suggestions?
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Re: Multiple summits in one day

Post by climbingcue » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:02 am

Good luck, here is 14 and you will have to be world class shape to get it done in a day (24hrs)

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Re: Multiple summits in one day

Post by nunns » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:09 am

Well at the risk of pointing out the obvious, here are the easy multiples:

Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross (and unranked South Bross) can all be done in one day, and it isn't even that hard if you go from Kite Lake.
Grays & Torreys
Bierstadt & Evans (not that easy if you go the standard route due to the WILLOWS getting to Evans)
Shanano & Tabagauche

That would give you 10 in 4 days. You could take rest days in between even, and you wouldn't have to leave the same basic area.

Sunshine & Redcloud is a beautiful double in my opinion. That is in the San Juans though.

Castle & Conundrum is a great intro to the Elks. Not as easy of a double. You can do that from Buena Vista if you don't mind a long drive over Independence Pass through Aspen.

Hope that helps. These are all class 1-2 mountains.

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Re: Multiple summits in one day

Post by SurfNTurf » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:17 am

These three dayhikes are all similar to what you've done already in terms of physical difficulty:

Democrat/Cameron/Lincoln/Bross
Grays/Torreys
Bierstadt/Evans (Requires Easy Class 3 via The Sawtooth)

That's eight peaks right there. After that, if possible, I'd suggest driving down to Lake City. Handies, Redcloud, Sunshine, Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre are doable as four separate dayhikes, and they're among the prettiest mountains in the state. (Wetterhorn being the only one that's not a total walk-up.) That gives you 13 summits with three extra days leftover for travel and rest. If you can't make it to the San Juans for whatever reason, you could substitute Buena Vista for Lake City and tackle as many of the Sawatch peaks as you can.
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Re: Multiple summits in one day

Post by WishIWasInTheMts » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:19 am

Honestly, 10 peaks in 10 days is a lot and probably won't be much fun by the end of it. You'll be tired from all the travel, your feet, knees, etc. will probably hurt from all the mileage and vert. Try and enjoy it instead of rushing it. Take in the scenery, stop by some local food joints/breweries (https://14ers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=55272), find some hidden gems. Just enjoy the adventure. That's my 2 cents.
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Re: Multiple summits in one day

Post by sand man » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:25 am

Or you could do this - https://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=3347
That gives you six or seven in a day depending if you tag Cupid.
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Re: Multiple summits in one day

Post by CaptainSuburbia » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:48 am

Try Missouri Mountain. If you're in good shape you can get 6 peaks in a day. Missouri, oxford, belford, emerald, Iowa and pecks.
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Re: Multiple summits in one day

Post by peter303 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:01 pm

Mike Kirsch wrote:Hi,I am planning a trip next June to Colorado and plan on being there for a few weeks to climb. I have climbed Massive, Quandary, Sherman and a few lower altitude summits. While there, I would like to knock out as many summits as I can so not looking for overly difficult hikes, trying to stick to mountains that are relatively close together. My ultimate goal would be to tackle 10 summits in 10 days. Any suggestions?
Snowshoe up. Ski down? Gaiters and waterproof boots too.
June can still have much snow. This has been a way above average winter so far.
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Re: Multiple summits in one day

Post by Wish I lived in CO » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:24 pm

WishIWasInTheMts wrote:Honestly, 10 peaks in 10 days is a lot and probably won't be much fun by the end of it. .............. Just enjoy the adventure.
Depends on the OP's goals.

Back in the day 10 years ago when I started I was a total bagger and thoroughly enjoyed climbing just as much as I could in a week's trip, typically only one rest day (two at the most) in a 9 day stretch. I came to climb and that's I wanted to do, not just for a list, but because I wanted to climb for the enjoyment of it! I've known others to be the same way.

The bagging mentality is especially true if: 1) You're new to this and "hooked" on it., 2) You're from out of state and in live in a flatland area, and 3) You've had to wait all winter / spring for next summer's trip. Worked out good for me as I was able climb a lot of peaks, and really enjoyed the climbing, even several days in a row. It would help to do some overnights as then the pack in or pack out would be easier days. Of course now that I am getting older and only have a few left, I've been slowing down the past few years and am not in a rush anymore; plus it helps that I have now moved away from flat-lands.

As others have mentioned, June can have snow. July or August are better that way, but as you must know have the monsoon rains that make early starts prudent.

To the OP, do what you want! But yes, have some back-up plans ready if the weather is bad, you're tired, or just want to do other things. Or just climb everyday if you want. Be safe.
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Re: Multiple summits in one day

Post by nyker » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:53 pm

Mike Kirsch wrote:Hi,I am planning a trip next June to Colorado and plan on being there for a few weeks to climb. I have climbed Massive, Quandary, Sherman and a few lower altitude summits. While there, I would like to knock out as many summits as I can so not looking for overly difficult hikes, trying to stick to mountains that are relatively close together. My ultimate goal would be to tackle 10 summits in 10 days. Any suggestions?
You can always add on a 13er or two that might be close by any of the 14ers. For example one LONG day could get you Belford, Oxford, Missouri, Iowa and Emerald peaks.
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Re: Multiple summits in one day

Post by DavidEStaunton » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:25 pm

I am planning on working near Buena Vista for the summer and would like to climb 10,000 vertical feet in one day.
I have already done the Missouri Gulch Death March, (Missouri, Iowa, Emerald, Oxford, Waverly, Belford, and Pecks.)
Would be grateful for any ideas. I like suffering.
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Re: Multiple summits in one day

Post by justiner » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:46 pm

DavidEStaunton wrote:I am planning on working near Buena Vista for the summer and would like to climb 10,000 vertical feet in one day.
I have already done the Missouri Gulch Death March, (Missouri, Iowa, Emerald, Oxford, Waverly, Belford, and Pecks.)
Would be grateful for any ideas. I like suffering.
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