Reaching the summit

Cooneys successfully scale all of Colorado's
hard-ranked Thirteeners

Carrie Cooney and Fred Askins pack out of Rustlers Gulch during a recent trip in which those two and Tim Cooney summited eight, 13,000-foot peaks in the Elk Mountains in nine days. The state’s Thirteeners and Fourteeners combine to total 637 peaks. It took the Cooneys 36 years to bag all of the peaks.



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Carrie Cooney and Fred Askins pack out of Rustlers Gulch during a recent trip in which those two and Tim Cooney summited eight, 13,000-foot peaks in the Elk Mountains in nine days. The state’s Thirteeners and Fourteeners combine to total 637 peaks. It took the Cooneys 36 years to bag all of the peaks.

As Colorado’s 13,000-foot peaks go, Boreas Mountain rates a prolonged yawn. It’s a hike more than a climb, nothing technical to worry about, and the elevation gain is a mere 1,500…




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