Kirk Mallory finishes the CO 12ers

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Kirk Mallory finishes the CO 12ers

Postby TeresaGergen » Fri Jul 22, 2016 9:50 am

Kirk swore for years that the Highest 1000 ranked peaks in CO were good enough for him, left the lists behind, and set out on a new course of being a “collector of peaks.”  While this strategy was great for getting around the state and the country, climbing at all elevations, and focusing on enjoyable and interesting peaks, he still found himself wanting to get above treeline now and then.  I guess it doesn’t take long when you’ve already done the Highest 1000 before you find yourself running out the rest of those alpine CO 12ers.  With not that many left by last summer, he decided he was ready to tackle Turret Ridge, and with that obstacle behind him, all he had left was – a lot of hard days!  His final peaks this summer have involved numerous 20-28 mile days, often back to back, as he attempted to fit climbs in before the monsoons hit, and around having to work on several weekends.  After racing the weather in the San Juans this past week, Kirk became the 5th person to finish the list of all 1,313 ranked peaks over 12,000 ft in CO on “Quarter to 5 Peak” on 7/22/16.  Congrats!
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Re: Kirk Mallory finishes the CO 12ers

Postby lukePlumley » Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:34 pm

Awesome finish Kirk! Congratulations and good luck on your next list. Looks like a few others could finish this list soon too!

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Re: Kirk Mallory finishes the CO 12ers

Postby John Kirk » Fri Jul 22, 2016 7:00 pm

Hearty congrats Kirk! You definitely belong on this short list of such accomplished and perseverant peakbaggers.

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Re: Kirk Mallory finishes the CO 12ers

Postby mikeofferman » Fri Jul 22, 2016 9:07 pm

Nice job Kirk! Now on to the 11ers! :worms:
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Re: Kirk Mallory finishes the CO 12ers

Postby Steve Knapp » Fri Aug 05, 2016 9:53 am

Great accomplishment! I was wondering if you'd ever finish, congrats!
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Re: Kirk Mallory finishes the CO 12ers

Postby Brian Kalet » Mon Aug 08, 2016 10:21 pm

Congrats, Kirk! I'm glad I was able to join you for one...
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Re: Kirk Mallory finishes the CO 12ers

Postby kirkmallory » Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:30 pm

Thanks everyone!

Mike - thanks again for leading Sharkstooth seven years ago. Hard to believe it's been that long. Definitely one of my more memorable days on a twelver.

Steve & Brian - glad to have done one of those twelvers with you!

Luke - I think I'll stick to some smaller lists for now. I'm sure I'll be collecting some 11ers, but hopefully it'll be a while time before the remaining number of eleveners is small enough to become a problem.

John - I just noticed that Nokhu Crags was your final peak in the 1100 highest on the same day I finished the twelvers. Congratulations! Looking forward to congratulating you for something bigger soon!
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Re: Kirk Mallory finishes the CO 12ers

Postby RyanSchilling » Thu Aug 11, 2016 1:21 pm

Way to go, Kirk!
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Re: Kirk Mallory finishes the CO 12ers

Postby DavidDJohnson » Mon Sep 12, 2016 12:49 pm

Congratulations! Great peak to finish on too!
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