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 Ã¢â‚¬Å“54:14:1 projectÃ¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fourteeneramma GranÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Slamma Winta Jamma,Ã¢â‚¬Â
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.