Monday, September 30, 2013

NEWS: Mountaineers Complete Through Hike of Colorado 14ers (9/30/13)

Longs Peak at sunrise
Longs Peak where Luke DeMuth and Junaid Dawud
completed their "through hike" of all of
Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks on Sunday
According to reports by the Denver Post and on, Luke DeMuth and Junaid Dawud completed a successful "through hike" of all 58 of Colorado's 14,000-foot mountains on Sunday when they successfully reached summit of Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park. The two climbers started their amazing trek 70 days ago in the San Luis Valley and have walked 1,300 miles and gained somewhere around 300,000 feet of elevation.

Though the duo were the first to accomplish the feat, they have stated they were simply "jonesing for a long hike," and that setting records was not a major factor in the decision to undertake the journey. The two had to overcome numerous difficulties, including many days of rain, hail, and "brutal" miles of pavement, but they say they never once seriously considered giving up.

DeMuth and Dawud successfully reached the summit of all 53 of Colorado's "official" 14ers as well as five of the "unofficial" summits, such as North Maroon Peak in the Elk Range, as well. Not only did they undertake the epic adventure for their own enjoyment but they have also been raising money for Big City Mountaineers, an organization whose goal is to "transform the lives of under-served urban youth through wilderness mentoring expeditions that instill critical life skills" according to the mission statement on their website. To read more about their adventures, check out their official website

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