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Hiking Bio

Andy with his sometimes hiking partner Trillian, on Mount Princeton.

Andy with his sometimes hiking partner Trillian, on Mount Princeton.

This page is primarily for people who want to hike with me through the Colorado Mountain Club.

I have been hiking in the Colorado mountains since I was a teenager and have summited most, but not all, of Colorado’s 14-thousand foot peaks. In my sixties now, I tend to plan carefully to have time to reach my destination and return safely before I have to dodge any lightning bolts. It’s about safety more than the summit for me and I believe the above-timberline experience is more important than “bagging a peak.” If we do not reach the top on a given day, we give ourselves another reason to return to beautiful places.

Types of Hikes

Andy likes to lead a variety of hikes, from 13ers and 14ers to an easy hike through one of our great city or county parks, in all seasons. It is the participants responsibility to know their own capabilities and limits, and to communicate those honestly with trip leaders. The following is a partial list of some of the Colorado Mountain Club Hikes Andy has led.

Horn Peak (13,450 feet)
Culebra Peak (14,047 feet)
Mount Rosa
Barr Camp
Barr Camp via Manitou Incline
Almagre Mountain
Sentinel Point
Seven Bridges
Palmer/Red Rocks Loop
Stratton Open Space Loop

Hikes on the Wish List

Phantom Terrace (video link)
Mount of the Holy Cross
Wetterhorn Peak
Almost anywhere in the San Juans
Mount Ouray

More Info

To sign up for hikes or classes, join the Colorado Mountain Club, and learn more about its trips and activities, visit cmc.org. The Pikes Peak Chapter also has a Facebook page. 14ers.com is a great resources for anyone thinking of tackling Colorado’s high peaks with trail and trailhead information, routes, maps and photographs. With these kind of resources, there is no reason not to “know before you go.”