Chad and Jake attempt a last-second hike up Mt. Bierstadt near Denver, Colorado.
Lack of gear, frozen rivers and Chad’s altitude sickness stand in their way. [How did we make this happen?]
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Follow us using the social list in the sidebar. HOW DID WE MAKE THIS HAPPEN? Scenario: Looking for a challenge in the Mountain West portion of our trip from Chicago to Los Angeles 1) Stayed with our friend Kirsten Frampton 2) Researched intensively on multiple hiking and “14er” websites to determine the most appropriate 14er to hike in our short window of time 3) Determined that based on the shorter amount of time to hike up and back and the close proximity to our location, Mt. Bierstadt was the best choice 4) Packed and prepared as much as we could in terms of clothing, food, and water the night before. Researched and documented directions. 5) Woke up at 4:15am in order to get an early jump on the trail and avoid uglier weather based on research 6) Hiked up and made sure Chad didn’t hurt himself coming back down with the effects of altitude sickness HOW MIGHT YOU DO IT? 1) If you’re going to be in the Rocky Mountain region of the US, there are several sites dedicated to hiking “14ers.” Check out http://www.14ers.com/, http://www.wikihow.com/Climb-a-14er, and http://www.mrmunger.com/zeblog/14er-hiking-tips-for-beginners/ for starters 2) Select the peak you’d like to ascend and prepare your time, gear, route, food and water, and directions to the trailhead accordingly. 3) Let someone else know where you will be before you leave on your hike 4) Get up early and hit the trail! There’s nothing like standing on top of the world!
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