Study: Average Climber Spends $107 for Each 14er Trip

Here’s an interesting tidbit from the proposal to charge for access to Colorado Fourteeners in the Sangre de Cristo mountains:

Based on a study done by C. Keske and J. Loomis in 2006 and revised by G. Lohman (Colorado State University) in 2010; the typical 14’er climber spends an average of $107 per person per trip for the physical and mental challenges of summiting these peaks surrounded by their spectacular settings. In addition, the study found that 14’er climbers’ mean “willingness to pay” was roughly $180 per person per trip. The difference between 14’er climbers’ current trip expenditures and their “willingness to pay” indicate a “consumer surplus” (or net economic value of the experience to 14’er climbers themselves) of about $70 per person per trip. The additional expense of purchasing a $10 to $20 recreation use permit is unlikely to dissuade very many potential visitors from visiting South Colony Basin.


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Forest Service Begins Charging for Access to Some Colorado Fourteeners

The Forest Service has begun a process to charge hikers and backpackers $10 per person, per trip to hike and $20 to camp, in heavily used South Colony Basin in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Colorado. The is the first time Colorado has charged for climbing its fourteeners (with the exceptions of Culebra Peak which is privately owned and peaks such as Longs Peak which are in Rocky Mountain National Park and as such have an entrance fee). The group Western Slope No-Fee Coalition 500,000 people had been combing Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks a year for free.

The trailhead is is primary access to Crestone Peak, Crestone Needle and Humboldt Peak. About, 4500 people visit there each year.
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Law Would Permit Access to Closed Colorado Fourteeners


Here’s a rundown on plans to open the Fourteeners back up:
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Fourteener Access Issue Makes Front Page of NY Times


Private property access restrictions to Colorado Fourteeners made the front page of the New York Times on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005.
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Walter R. Borneman & Todd Caudle New Book on Colorado Fourteeners


Walter R. Borneman & Todd Caudle have a new book on Colorado Fourteeners:: 14,000 Feet: A Celebration of Colorado’s Highest Mountains.
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Four More Colorado Fourteeners Called Off Limits Due to Private Property Issues


The AP reports that four additional Colorado Fourteeners have been called off limits because of private property issues.
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Aron Ralston Completes Mission to Be First Winter Solo Climber on Fourteeners

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The Aspen Times reports Aron Ralston is the first climber to complete the Colorado fourteener winter solo project (by a count of 54, 59 or whatever). And he’s just the third climber to reach the top of all the fourteeners in calendar winter (from the winter solstice to the vernal equinox). Ralston 45 of the fourteeners in 1998-99. He had climbed all of the Elk Range fourteeners in the 2002-03 season, before the accident in Utah’s Canyonlands in the spring of 2003. He bagged two peaks last winter and the final 12 since this December, including the privately owned Culebra, wearing a 10-pound suit of plate-mail ice because of a storm. Of the 59 climbs, Ralston retreated, or turned back, only once. That was his first attempt on the relatively easy Mount Evans. Boulder resident Tom Mereness is the first climber to complete the list of winter Colorado fourteener ascents (though not as a solo project). Ralston said Mount of the Holy Cross was the hardest peak of them all. “But only because of how I ended up doing it,” he hedged. “The Halo route – it’s 32 miles for one peak, traversing over 11 summits over 13,200 feet.”


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Harnish Gowns Blog of Attempt to Climb all Coloroado Fourteeners in One Calendar Winter


Various newspapers including Arizona Central report that 28-year-old Harnish Gowans of Colorado Springs is seeking to be the first person to climb all 54 Colorado Fourteeners in the same calendar winter. His blog is on the Wild Snow website .

He calls is endeavor: The “54:14:1 project” or “Fourteeneramma Gran’ Slamma Winta Jamma,”
Gowans scheduled his climbs so he will hit the drier eastern mountains before too much snow piles up, then swing over to the southwestern peaks once a settling snowpack has lowered the risk of slides. To do this he quit his job as a bartender and moved out of his house. On his first peak — Longs Peak — he lost two toenails to frostbite. He says his months climbed a 14er when she was 7 months pregnant with him.


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