14er Adventure 2017

Posted on June 26, 2017

Join us for this year’s 14er Adventure! For 6 years we have been championing first-time 14er hikers, and wind-beaten veterans alike, up some of Colorado’s most iconic summits.  This year we are packaging your experience.  Backpacking, backcountry camping, and a summit bid into an adventure weekend!  With proper support, guiding, and a shoulder or two to lean on, we will help get each athlete up the peak.  Come visit a serene, picturesque lake hidden deep in the Maroon Bells Wilderness area.  Its a trip to look forward to and one not-soon-forgotten.

Difficulty: Class 3
Exposure: 3 out of 6
Summit Elev.: 14,092′
Trailhead Elev.: 8,400′
Elevation Gain: 5,800 (over 2 days)
RT Length: 22 miles (over 2 days)

DAY 1:  Hike from trailhead to Snowmass Lake.  Set campsites, make dinner, fall asleep under a blanket of stars.  Total mileage: 8 miles and 2,600′ elevation gain.  Moderate hiking.

DAY 2:  6 AM summit bid start.  Its only 3,000′ of elevation over 3 miles to summit.  We should see the top around 8:30 AM!  We’ll descend back to camp, have a celebratory brunch, pack camp, and hike back to the trailhead.  Total mileage: 14 miles, but 11 of it is downhill 🙂

HIKING GEAR LIST: the following recommended gear will help ensure you are prepared for the hike, weather, and any unplanned for circumstance.

  • Water (plenty of water, recommended 3L bladder or equivalent)
  • Food (enough to average 150 kCal per 45-60 min interval)
  • Hat
  • Gloves (light, gets cold at summit)
  • Synthetic shirts  (cotton doesn’t wick, so it won’t dry)
  • Fleece or Wind-Block jacket
  • Waterproof shell/jacket (rain jacket is sufficient)
  • Hiking pants or shorts
  • Hiking boots / scrambling shoes / trail running shoes
  • Hiking socks  (wool works best!)
  • Watch
  • Pack (that fits the hike/climb)
  • Headlamp (just-in-case)
  • Sunglasses
  • Knife or multi-tool
  • Compass / GPS
  • Whistle
  • Matches/lighter
  • 30spf+ sunscreen
  • TP (in ziploc bag)
  • Trash Bag (grocery bag works)
  • Cell phone
  • Emergency supplies, including a first aid kit
  • Optional: Trekking poles (really help on the downhill if you have sensitive knees)

BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING GEAR LIST: the following recommended gear will help ensure you are prepared for your own campsite.  It is recommended to share gear requirements with a buddy.  No need to carry double gear!

  • Pack (45L or more)
  • Tent (lightweight 3-season tent)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Stove (JetBoil is our favorite)
  • Food (Saturday PM dinner, Sunday pre-hike, Sunday brunch.  Dehydrated meals, like Mountain House work best.  REI has a huge assortment.)
  • Packable Chair
  • ALL RECOMMENDED HIKING GEAR ABOVE.