Wednesday Outdoor Inspiration

Happy Wednesday, Fulcrum blog readers! I thought I’d give you all a little outdoor inspiration to help you get over the hump of this week and to give you a little push to get outdoors this weekend. If you live in Colorado or any other state with mountains and hiking, get out and climb a mountain this weekend!

Last weekend, with the help of Gerry Roach’s wonderful Colorado’s Fourteeners, 3rd Edition (978-1-55591-412-7, Fulcrum Publishing), I climbed Mount Bierstadt (14,060 feet).

Summit of Mt. Bierstadt, Colorado's Fourteeners in hand

Bierstadt is one of the Front Range fourteeners, so it’s close enough to Denver to do as a day-trip. Because it is so close to Denver, it can be extremely crowded on weekends. But the crowds didn’t bother us one bit, and it was a really gorgeous hike. Wildflowers, big views of snow-capped peaks, open meadows, and a fun scramble over big boulders at the top.

Nearing the summit, still plenty of snow up top

Lower down on the trail, wildflowers galore 

Colorado’s Fourteeners is helpful for a number of reasons, including directions to the trailhead, detailed route descriptions, elevation gain, and mileage, and it identifies which “class” each hike is (i.e., how difficult the terrain is). Bierstadt was just a “2” out of 5+. Whether you’ve done a handful of fourteeners and are looking to explore peaks in a new part of the state, or you are researching which peak will be your first fourteener, this is the guidebook to pick up.

If you are new to climbing big peaks, just remember these four tips: start EARLY to avoid the inevitable thunderstorms that move in, bring LOTS of water, bring a warm hat and gloves for the top (where the wind will make it feel like midwinter), and never be afraid to turn around if you are tired or unsure of your ability to get to the summit. Happy hiking!

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Founded in 1984, Fulcrum Publishing is one of the largest independent publishers in the country, with more than 450 active titles. The company maintains a high standard of quality and pride in its books, with the objective of encouraging readers to live life to the fullest and learn something new each day. Fulcrum Publishing specializes in general-interest nonfiction titles with focuses in public policy, education, Native American culture and history, travel and outdoor recreation, environmentalism, and gardening. Fulcrum is headquartered in Golden, Colorado. The Fulcrum Publishing blog is run and updated by Dani Perea. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions, comments, or ideas by e-mailing her at Dani[at]fulcrumbooks[dot com].

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