By Lucas Vader
This abbreviated article is originally from Sept. 15 and is available online in its entirety.
Out here in the Western United States, there’s a term that flatlanders may be completely unaware of: fourteener.
A fourteener is a mountain peak that exceeds an elevation of 14,000 feet above sea level. For reference, Delta sits at approximately 4,875 feet. Out of 96 known fourteeners in the entirety of the United States of America, Colorado has 58 of those, more than any other state.
That makes Colorado a unique attraction for avid climbers who love the challenge of high altitudes and nearly out-of-this-world views from the top.
Locally, that includes Sarah Henderson, the owner of Grand Mesa Outdoors in Cedaredge, who finished climbing the last of Colorado’s extensive collection of fourteener mountain peaks in August.
“I started in 2014,” Henderson said. “I actually climbed Sneffels, that was my first one, and I climbed it Aug. 31, 2014. That was my only mountain that year, and so then I started the rest of the 57 in 2015.” So it essentially took five years to climb them all in her free time ...