Coloradans Luke DeMuth, and Junaid Dawud recently hiked over 1,300 miles to complete the first-ever through-hike of all 58 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, a 70-day mission that ended last month on Longs Peak. They climbed about 300,000 vertical feet in this first-of-its-kind mission, according to the Denver Post. (Their route included the state's five "asterisk" peaks which are higher than 14,000 feet but do not connect 300 feet from the saddle connecting them to other fourteeners.) See their route below:
DeMuth and Dawud weren't necessarily aiming for records or glory, instead choosing to dedicate their project to the youth-mentoring Big City Mountaineers.
"It's a cool bonus to be the first, but honestly I just wanted to do it," said Dawud, who twice hiked the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail. "I was just jonesing for a long hike. Being first makes it our own adventure," Dawud told the Post's Jason Blevins.
Both reported gobbling ibuprofen—"Vitamin I" they called it—as they arose before dawn each morning. Their basic food staple was instant mashed potatoes, bags of pasta and dehydrated beans, and a steady stream of Snickers. A bottle of Jim Beam was another source of motivation when things get rough.
Read more about their adventure at 14ersthruhike.com.
This story first appeared in Expedition News.