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Lakewood woman becomes 2nd female to summit all 1,313 Colorado peaks above 12k feet

A woman from Lakewood, Colo. has become the 2nd female on record to summit all 1,313 Colorado peaks taller than 12,000 feet. 

When she submitted Peak 8 and Peak 9 above Breckenridge on Sunday, Alyson Kirk had completed all 676 12ers, 584 13ers, and 53 14ers, according to KDVR

Only seven people have accomplished this task, one being Alyson's husband just six days before her. 

  • Mike Garratt (unknown)
  • Ken Nolan 9-7-2003
  • Jack Dais 8-29-2004
  • Teresa Gergen 7-10-2010
  • Kirk Mallory 7-22-2016
  • John Kirk 9-11-2016
  • Alyson Kirk 9-17-2017

"It was not too long ago when I climbed my first 14er – Mt. Massive. It only took that one summit to turn my life into a peak bagging frenzy this past decade.  Despite the long drives, lack of sleep, lack of showers, miles of suffering, endless elevation gain, deadfall, bushwhacking madness, dodging lightning and hail, and trying to not get eaten by a bear, I still wouldn’t trade these experiences for the world,” Alyson told KDVR. 


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