14er season: A beginner’s guide to climbing Colorado’s highest peaks

Jeff Golden, experienced hiker and Colorado Mountain Club marketing manager, breaks down mountain-climbing preparedness.

Starting out up Grays and Torreys peaks. (Photo: Gary Cure)
Starting out up Grays and Torreys peaks. (Photo: Gary Cure)

Hiking up to the tops of Colorado’s highest peaks — our 53 mountains that rise above 14,000 feet in elevation — is a right of passage for outdoorsy types and an integral item for many people’s Colorado-living checklist.

And while a relatively easy (emphasis on “relatively”) mountain like Bierstadt can be summited by tourists and families, none of these hikes is a joke. So, as we’re headed into 14er-climbing season — conditions up there are good June through August — let’s figure out how to plan a couple trips.

We talked to Jeff Golden, experienced hiker and Colorado Mountain Club marketing manager, about preparing to climb a 14er — especially if its your first. Here’s what you need to know, including suggestions for a few starter climbs.



Denver Ted’s is moving out of Capitol Hill and into LoDo

The shop will reopen this summer at 2020 Lawrence St., three blocks from Coors Field.

A sign outside Denver Ted's on May 24, 2017.
A sign outside Denver Ted’s on May 24, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

After 13 years slinging cheesesteaks and subs on 13th and Pearl, Denver Ted’s is leaving Capitol Hill.

The new shop will stand at 2020 Lawrence St., three blocks from Coors Field. The changeover is scheduled for late June, according to an employee.



DIA might get its own Central Market, and the airport definitely got a Roasting Plant Coffee

Denver International Airport continues its push to be your favorite airport.

Vero Italian at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Vero Italian at Central Market. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Not content to rest on its laurels as the airport with the best dining, Denver International Airport is pushing to get itself a replica of Denver Central Market.

And while that’s in the works, the airport today celebrated the opening of Roasting Plant Coffee at the rail station.