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Support, training and community to hike your first 14er!

If Colorado is known for one thing, it is the Rocky Mountains and the 54 fourteen thousand foot peaks so many hikers, weekend warriors and outdoor lovers attempt to summit each summer.

Hiking up and down a 14er is almost a right of passage in Colorado these days and rightly so; standing on top of a peak, taking in the view of the surrounding snow capped peaks and the world unfolded before you and that exhilarating feeling of accomplishment is a once in a lifetime experience.

We are excited to announce that we’ve partnered up with Switchback Chics of Colorado to provide some free training hikes and group summit this season!

2019 Summit:

Mount Quandary, September 7th

After we conquer the peak we will meet for lunch to celebrate at local historic Colorado restaurants like the famous Beau Jo’s pizza in Idaho Springs.

Summit requirements: 
In 2019, we are requiring that you attend at least 1 training hike AND the clinic in order to be eligible to attend the group summit.  Hiking up and down a 14 thousand peak is not to be taken lightly, last year we had a record amount of deaths on our mountains due to inexperience or lack of planning.  We take what we do seriously and we want you to too!  Neglecting to train properly or not being prepared not only jeopardizes your safety and ability to summit  but that of the other paid members of the group too.
There will be exceptions for those who participated in last year’s program or are training from out of state.

Training package:

Looking for some extra support and camaraderie?
Check out our training package which includes:

  • 6 week training plan (to complete on your own or with friends): 2 recommended strength workouts a week +3 recommended cardio workouts a week (including hikes at specific trails across the front range)
  • First dibs on spots in 5 planned training hikes (below)
  • Special clinics on gear (date TBA): boots, poles, packs what to wear, pack, eat, how to handle technical descents, pacing, etc. PLUS a preparation clinic where we will cover how to mitigate altitude sickness, planning for weather, pacing, what to expect on summit day.
  • 3 pack punch card to attend live weekly stair-climbing workout/bootcamp class at Red Rocks Amphitheatre between July-August.
  • Video/power point presentation and gear checklist for summit day (in case you miss the live clinic)
  • Online support: access to our private facebook members only page until summit day where we post regular training articles, workouts and where you can connect with other women to train/hike with!
  • Guaranteed spot for summit day hike

——-> Please note that due to safety issues and to reduce the impact on the trail, we are capping the # of people for each training hike AND for the summit hike. L2S members and training package participants will have first dibs on spots which will be VERY limited!  Sign up early!

Can’t make it on summit day?
This package is great if you are also looking to hike a 14er on your own before our group summit date.  We will send you everything you need to know to train and prepare properly for a safe and fun summit!

Why sign up for a training program?
We have highly experienced and trained guides and hike leaders who are wilderness first aid/cpr certified and have years of experience in the high country (and lots of summits under their belt). They will make sure you are trained properly and have the right knowledge, gear and are fully prepared for your summit so that you have the best experience possible!
All L2S hikes include at least 1 “trailblazer” a women experienced and familiar with the trails who will be helping to pace the group and make sure no one is left behind!

Training hike locations and dates:

We’ve handpicked training hikes that include the types of terrain you will encounter on your summit:  steep inclines/descents, loose rock and scree, large boulder fields, and some at high altitude.  Our expert guides will provide tips for tackling whatever you encounter on the trail so you feel confident on our summit hike!

Sunday, May 19th: Mount Morrison w/talk tips for managing steep inclines, scree and scrambling
Saturday, June 22nd: Green Mountain, Boulder w/gear clinic
Sunday, July 14th: Mount Royal, Dillon (high altitude hike) w/preparation clinic
Sunday August 11th: Mount Sniktau, Loveland (high altitude hike) w/preparation clinic
Saturday, August 24th: Bear Peak, Boulder w/gear clinic

**Please note that due to safety issues and to reduce the impact on the trail, we are capping the # of people for each training hike AND for the summit hike.  L2S members and training package participants will have first dibs on spots which will be VERY limited!  Sign up early!

Full program fee: $119
Repeat offender (participated in a previous year/completed training plan and clinic): $99

*L2S members save %15 or more on all our programs and clinics!!  Learn more about membership HERE.  

14er training package

Congrats to everyone who completed our “Hike a 14er” courses in 2016, 2017 and 2018!

View pictures from all of our adventures HERE

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