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COLORADO FOURTEENERS THE 54 HIGHEST PEAKS Roger Edrinn 1986 1st edition New
By Edrinn, Roger
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CO, 1986, 1st edition. 80 pp, color photos. Larger paperback, Like New. (There was no hardcover of this book.)

 A very handsome pictorial book on Colorado's 58 peaks over 14,000 feet. This is one of the first full color photo books on Colorado's Fourteeners. As printing inks and techniques were continually improving, in 1986 it gave everybody an opportunity to have, or give, a reasonably priced 14er book to dream on, or use as a check-list.

Colorado is home to fifty-eight of the nation's ninety-six mountain peaks standing at or above 14,000 feet in elevation. Known colloquially as Fourteeners, these peaks dominate Colorado’s skyline and shape the way people live and identify with nature in the Rocky Mountain West. Throughout Colorado’s history, these majestic mountains have captured the human imagination and have been used for everything from the joy of climbing to climate research outposts.

Colorado’s Fourteeners are dispersed throughout the state’s Rocky Mountain backbone, rising in the San Juan, Sawatch, Elk, Mosquito, Tenmile, San Miguel, Sangre de Cristo, and Front mountain ranges. The tallest is Mount Elbert at 14,440 feet; several of the smallest Fourteeners stand just barely above 14,000.

Climbing the high Fourteeners are a testament to the human spirit's endless quest for adventure and excitement.

There is some disagreement among mountaineers over how much taller a peak needs to stand above its neighbors to qualify as a Fourteener, but most agree that, in addition to being over 14,000 feet in elevation, a Fourteener must stand between 250 and 500 feet higher than the mountain’s next-highest feature (a measurement called "prominence").

Modern Mountain Climbing

During World War II, the US Army’s Tenth Mountain Division training facility at Camp Hale in the Eagle River Valley helped set the stage for the resurgence of mountain climbing after the war. Trained for mountain warfare in the high peaks of Europe, 10th Mountain Division soldiers became expert skiers and mountaineers. 

As they returned home, members of the 10th Mountain Division started opening ski areas like Vail Resort because they loved being in the mountains and wanted to share their love with others. By the early 1960s, Colorado’s ski resorts were introducing tourists and Coloradans alike to the joys of high-altitude recreation. 

In the 1960s and 1970s, other factors, including increased leisure time, a rise in automobile ownership, and improvements in outdoor equipment, also helped put 14,000-foot summits within reach for more people. Today, observations by US Forest Service personnel indicate that more than 500,000 ascents are made every year.
--From website coloradoencyclopedia.org




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