Nearly 500 members of the Colorado Mountain Club are climbing all of the state’s fourteeners in celebration of the group’s 100th birthday.
Teams consisting of an average of eight people each started their trails at 2 a.m. Saturday. As of Saturday afternoon, 48 peaks had been summited.
“We still have 10 teams that we have not heard from,” said Ryan Ross, the organization’s event director. “We’re still on pins and needles here hoping that everybody gets down safely. The good news was that the weather was cooperative (Saturday) in almost the entire state.”
Golden-based Colorado Mountain Club is a backcountry recreation conservation and education organization. It has about 7,000 members nationwide, with the vast majority in Colorado. The group leads thousands of trips each year.