- Tackle “The Decalibron”: Mounts Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross – all over 14,000’ peaks – in one day.
- Immerse yourself in Colorado’s history by hiking in remote, rugged wilderness along trails where you will pass abandoned mines and miner’s cabins, along with the less nostalgic orange stained rocks of the mining operation’s runoff.
- Expect dense conifer forests, wildflower-filled meadows, wildlife sighting opportunities, spectacular mountain views, creeks and alpine lakes.
- Challenge your stamina and endurance while building team camaraderie on 5 of Colorado’s 58 14,000-foot peaks.
Today the group will travel to the Denver International Airport and travel together via private transport to your lodge in Breckenridge, CO.
In the evening, gather together for the first time for a welcome dinner and learn more about the adventure ahead.
Before submitting any peaks, it’s important to acclimate yourself to the new surroundings and altitude. Today you’ll partake in a light hike in the Breckenridge area – reaching up to around 10,500 ft in elevation. Return to your lodge for a free afternoon to explore the town of Breckenridge, rest, and prepare for your first 14er summit the next day.
Today is your first 14er summit – Quandary Peak. This is a difficult 6.7 mile out and back hike.
Quandary Peak is located in the White River National Forest, and is the only fourteener in the Tenmile Range. At 14,265 feet Quandary ranks as the 13th highest peak in Colorado. The peak’s name comes from a group of miners who were unable to identify a mineral sample found on its slopes in the 1860s. The group was in a “quandary” over the exact nature of the mineral, and ended up naming the mountain from where it originated.
Although it’s a relatively short hike, and has less elevation gain when compared to many other fourteeners, the trail poses a great challenge to a hiker of any experience-level. From the summit you will enjoy outstanding views of the other fourteeners you will summit on this journey – Mt. Bross, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Cameron and Mt. Democrat. You may even see mountain goats towards the top!
In the evening, return to your lodge to rest your muscles and enjoy a group dinner together to celebrate your first peak.
Today is the rest day – to truly prepare you for the 4 summits ahead.
On this day, you’ll have the option of fly fishing, horseback riding, exploring the town of Breckenridge, or just relaxing at the lodge.
Today will be a challenge like you have never experienced before – requiring endurance, perseverance, and commitment to your goal. You will summit four peaks – Mt. Democrat, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Cameron and Mt. Bross – 14,154’, 14,293’, 14,178’ respectively.
The group will begin hiking early by around 6:30 am to avoid afternoon thunderstorms that are common in Colorado summer. Expect the hike to take between 7 and 8 hours and will cover almost 8 miles. This route is not to be underestimated – it is certainly challenging and has many long periods of steady, steep climbing with extremely windy conditions above treeline all day.
After returning to the lodge and cleaning up, you will gather with the group for a farewell dinner to reflect on the charity challenge and celebrate the incredible feat you completed together. Take this time to solidify the relationships you’ve established while climbing peaks together and cheers to your great achievement.
After breakfast, the group will be transported together back to the Denver International Airport for your departures. Bon Voyage!