Record-Setting 14er Climber Says He’s Not Fast, Knows His Limits

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<p>(Courtesy of Andrew Hamilton)</p>
<p>Hamilton got caught in a snowstorm on Mt. Harvard in Colorado&#039;s Sawatch Range.</p>

In a few weeks, Andrew Hamilton will lace up his boots and try to climb every peak in Colorado’s Sawatch Range, between Leadville and Salida. He is still recovering, though, from hiking every 14,000 foot peak in the state.

The stay-at-home dad from Denver set a new speed record this summer, when he ascended all 54 mountains in under 10 days. Nine days, 21 hours, 51 minutes, to be exact. The record had stood since 2000.

Hamilton also owns the record for fastest self-supported trek through the Sawatch mountains, at 57 hours, 18 minutes. Yet, despite his records, Hamilton says he doesn't consider himself "fast" -- and he's sure his 14ers mark will be broken. He talked with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner.