Hamilton Breaks Record of 14er Ascents

Summits 58 peaks in 9 days

Jul 10, 2015
Outside Magazine
Hamilton Breaks Record of 14er Ascents

Andrew Hamilton's final 14er was Longs Peak.    Bryce Bradford/Flickr

Andrew Hamilton, a 40-year-old stay-at-home dad from Denver, broke the record for the fastest ascent of Colorado’s 58 14,000-foot peaks on Thursday, the Denver Post reports. Beginning on June 29, he completed the feat in nine days, 21 hours, and 51 minutes, beating the previous record by almost 23 hours.

“I’m so proud,” Natalie Hamilton, Andrew’s wife, told Denver’s 9News. “Having a goal and wanting it and succeeding in doing it, it’s a dream come true.”

Hamilton’s final ascent was Longs Peak, which tops out at 14,259 feet. He began on Wednesday at 7:17 p.m., summited, and returned to the base at 2:21 a.m. on Thursday, according to the Denver Post. Teddy Keizer held the previous record, set in 2000, of 10 days, 20 hours and 26 minutes.

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