The prep for a 14er starts two days ahead of the actual hike. Drink lots of water; eat protein and carb rich foods and lay off the booze. If two days ahead is a serious fast for you than at least the one day before hand volunteer to be the designated driver. Hiking hung-over is terrible and hiking a 14er hung-over is sheer torture; don’t do that to yourself. Drink water, get a good night’s rest and eat a good breakfast. Hiking this long takes a lot of energy, the average 14er is 6-8 miles.
Backpack Essentials & Gear:
Helpful Hint: The summit of every 14er will most likely still be covered in snow and ice through the end of June and early July; check out trail reports for more details.
Good places to start
- Mt. Bierstadt
- Gray Peak