Thursday, August 31, 2006

A chance to climb Culebra Peak

Culebra Peak, the only entirely privately owned fourteener in Colorado, has changed hands several times. At different times climbing was allowed (for free and for a fee) and not allowed. This year, the ranch owners are allowing limited (and expensive) climbing.

They've used the advice of the nonprofit stewardship group Colorado Fourteener initiative to make sure the mountain isn't over used. Here is the current info from the ranch:

At the request of the owners of Cielo Vista Ranch, the Fourteener Initiative Group spent a couple of days on the ranch evaluating the impact of this year's climbing season on Culebra Peak. Their report of the conditions on the mountain is very positive and the owners have extended this year's climbing season. We are offering a climb of Culebra and/or Red Mountain for a fee of $200 per person with overnight camping allowed. This will be available on Saturday, September 30 or Sunday, October 1, 2006. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 254-897-7872 or emailing

Now, this begs the question: Is it worth it to climb a mountain for $200. Is it moral? And is sneaking up the mountain immoral?

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