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.