Behind the Scenes

How he did it

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Andrew Hamilton descends into the fog on Mount Elbert, Colorado's tallest peak, at 14,440 feet.
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Andrew Hamilton descends into the fog on Mount Elbert, Colorado's tallest peak, at 14,440 feet.

Meticulously planning his bid, Hamilton was only 30 minutes off his target time. The weather was his main challenge. A loss of appetite also made it difficult to keep up on calories. “They were stuffing food in my face,” he said of his support crew. A meteorologist advised him on weather conditions and while he faced late snow, rain and fog, Hamilton was gifted with a sunny window in the Sun Juans, where a marmot stole a hiking pole which he never recovered.

The schedule of his trek:

June 29: Windom Peak, Sunlight Peak, North Eolus, Mount Eolus, El Diente Peak, Mt. Wilson, and Wilson Peak

June 30: Mount Sneffels, Handies Peak, Redcloud Peak, Sunshine Peak, Uncompahgre Peak, and Wetterhorn Peak

July 1: San Luis Peak, Little Bear Peak, Blanca Peak, Ellingwood Point, and Mount Lindsey

July 2: Culebra Peak and the Crestones – Crestone Needle, Crestone Peak, Kit Carson Peak, Challenger Point, Humboldt Peak

July 3: Pikes Peak and the Sawatch Mountains: Mount Antero, Mount Shavano, Tabegauche Peak, Mt. Princeton

July 4: The Elks: Pyramid Peak, South Maroon Peak, North Maroon Peak, Snowmass Mountain, Capitol Peak. Hamilton said this was his contribution to the game – climbing the Elks in one 24-hour period.

July 5: Castle Peak, Conundrum Peak, Mount Elbert. Mount Massive, and Mount of the Holy Cross

July 6: Mount Yale, Mount Columbia, Mount Harvard, Mount Oxford, Mount Belford, Missouri Mountain, and Huron Peak

July 7: La Plata Peak, Mount Sherman, the Mount Lincoln Group; Mount Democrat, Mount Cameron, Mount Lincoln, Mount Bross, and Quandary Peak

July 8: Torreys Peak, Grays Peak, Mount Evans, Mount Bierstadt, and he finished with Longs Peak, in inclement weather.

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