14er Adventure 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)
- 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!)
- Pack (that fits the hike/climb)
- Headlamp (just-in-case)
- Knife or multi-tool
- Compass / GPS
- 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.