Colorado’s Fourteeners: From Hikes to Climbs is a celebration of the joys that come from climbing Colorado’s highest peaks. Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks offer the hiker and mountaineer one of the finest arrays of alpine challenges in the Rocky Mountains. You can be in the heart of Colorado’s Fourteener country in a few hours from its metropolitan areas, and the proximity of these peaks to population centers makes them even more precious. A lifetime of adventures is waiting for you in Colorado’s mountains. Climbing Fourteeners has become increasingly popular in recent years, and the challenge of climbing all the Fourteeners captures many people. The elevation celebration continues.
This digital volume, number 30 in a series, focuses on 14,150-foot Mount Sneffels, the monarch peak of the namesake Sneffels Range and the Mount Sneffels Wilderness. The easiest route up Sneffels is rated Class 2+, making it a tough hike. This guide covers two trailheads, two approaches, the standard South Slopes Route, six alternate routes, and three variations. Gerry's detailed, annotated map is included with a link to a high rez version online. The back matter discusses lightning and avalanche hazards, Leave No Trace principles, the difficulty rating system, datums, and a section on goals that includes the history of the speed record for climbing all of Colorado's Fourteeners.
This volume contains over 15 color photographs, a locator map, and a detailed table of contents with links into the text. The text contains links back to the Table of Contents, making it easy to navigate the book. There are also links to Gerry's detailed peak lists online.
Unlike most guidebooks, which are compilations of many people’s route descriptions, this book is the result of one man’s labor of love. I started climbing in Colorado in 1955 and have spent the last seven decades climbing Colorado’s Fourteeners. I have not rushed through my Fourteeners. I spent a leisurely 20 years climbing them all for the first time. Then I leisurely climbed them all again. I climbed many routes specifically for this guide and documented them immediately after each climb. I continue to field check this guide extensively. Because one person has climbed and reported on these routes, the descriptions are consistent. I believe climbing is a very personal activity, and I seldom give opinions that might intrude on yours. Still, my bias creeps in from time to time.
Never lose your spirit of discovery. You should finish each climb and each book wanting more. Climb safely and don’t forget to have fun.