Want To Tackle A Pro 14er Like Capitol? Just Remember, ‘YouTube Is Not Your Mentor’

Sunday, July 8, 2018 8:33 PM
A pair of climbers descends Mt. Lindsey, a Colorado 14er in the Sangre de Cristo range.
Capitol Peak in the Elk Mountain Range is among the toughest 14ers to climb.
Karen Schroyer, District Ranger with the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District, in her office in Carbondale.
The Crestone group of peaks in the Sangre de Cristo, as seen from Mt. Lindsey, includes some of the most difficult 14ers in Colorado.

Colorado’s celebrated 14ers, the 58 notable peaks that stand more than 14,000 feet tall, claimed a record 10 lives in 2017. Mountain safety experts say a combination of factors explain that death toll, but one troubles them most.

Many of the deaths occurred because climbers got in over their heads.

Philip Readle, who has climbed all the 14ers, has some insight into one accident. Readle was at a campsite the day after a man fell to his death on Capitol Peak.

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