- Associated Press - Friday, July 10, 2015

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado man says he has broken the speed record for climbing all of the state’s 14,000-foot peaks.

Denver-based climber Andrew Hamilton says he finished climbing all 58 points over 14,000 feet in the state at 2:21 a.m. Thursday, clocking the whole hike at nine days, 21 hours and 51 minutes, according to the Denver Post (https://dpo.st/1D4n3Lm).

As he descended Longs Peak, a group of friends, fans and family gathered on the trail to celebrate the accomplishment. Many tracked his progress through GPS updates on 14ers.com.

Hamilton set a grueling pace up and down peaks over his trek, catching only snippets of sleep.

Accomplished Vail mountaineer Jon Kedrowski said he does not expect this record to be broken.

“I’m going to go out on a limb and say this record is not going to be broken anytime soon,” Kedrowski said. “When he was up there on his last few peaks, it was an awesome sight to see so much energy still.”

Former record holder Teddy Keizer, who completed the climb in 10 days, 20 hours and 26 minutes in 2000, said it takes two personalities to speed-climb the peaks, one incredibly calm, but also one that is driven.

“You need that intensity and that calmness of nature to be able to break through a record like this,” he said.

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Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com


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