That is the title of an inspiring guide by Laura Clark. Laura, a single mother in her late 30s (originally of the guide), residing within the Colorado Springs space, began by mountain climbing or climbing all 58 of Colorado’s “Fourteeners” (peaks with an elevation over 14,000 ft). She did all of those solo. I had thought there have been 53 of them, it turns on the market are 53 “official” and 5 “unofficial, as described right here. The unofficial ones have peaks over 14000 ft, however the peaks don’t rise a minimum of 300 ft from the closest saddle. I lived in Colorado within the early Nineteen Eighties, and I did 3 Fourteeners in three years. She did the 58 in simply over one yr. She then went on, over the following couple of years, to summit the 200 highest peaks within the state, throughout 13,000 ft, once more solo.
That is a tremendous feat from only a logistical standpoint, Colorado is a giant state and these peaks are unfold throughout. Laura needed to do a whole lot of lengthy drives and get by on little sleep to squeeze these adventures into her schedule, between working and caring for her children. And it’s an unimaginable endurance problem, with many miles of mountain climbing and 1000’s of ft of elevation acquire. A variety of these peaks may be summitted simply by mountain climbing with possibly some scrambling over rougher terrain. I nonetheless keep in mind the problem of crossing the boulder fields on Lengthy’s Peak and route-finding by in search of bullseyes on the rocks after going by means of the keyhole. That is powerful sufficient. However a substantial variety of these peaks require technical climbing abilities, together with some above class 5. So Laura additionally needed to be taught these abilities in a climbing gymnasium and hone them by working towards outdoors with buddies which can be skilled climbers. It’s astonishing what somebody can accomplish when they’re keen about what they do.