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Day 5 Update: 2024 14er Speed Record Attempt

Updated: 4 days ago

Yesterday goes down as the hardest day Drew has ever had in the mountains. Over 16 hours of grueling physical and technical work? Check. Rain? Check. Hail? Check? Pick axes? Check. Add to that a fall that resulted in a torn up shin and a very sore knee. So Drew emerged out of the Crestones and met the crew injured, exhausted, wet and freezing cold.


And remember that cold dip in the water that we thought would help him re-energize and heal after the day's journey? Drew said the cold plunge experience was actually the worst part of the entire day :)


Drew meeting the crew coming off the Crestones:



What's truly remarkable is Drew's super-human resilience - after he warmed up and got some food he was back to joking around and laughing with the crew, then had a big surprise visit from family members who made their way from Indiana and Illinois. And just like that, the switch was flipped and Drew was back down to business - re-readying, route planning, strategizing his next move. He's BAAAAAAACK!


Drew's surprise visit from the fam:



But we digress, because you're all here for a current status update, so here it is.... Drew summitted Pikes Peak today at around 04:00 AM and was breathing and feeling better than the same point last year. He decided that he wanted to go a little slower today to give his body some rest, and even with that, managed to beat his 2023 split on Pikes. Then it was on to the Baldwin Gulch trailhead to tackle Antero, Tabeguache, and Shavano. He successfully summitted all three and is heading back to the Shavano trailhead as we speak.


Drew heading up to tackle Antero:



Now, it'll be on to Princeton to tackle the 9 Collegiate Peaks. Once he summits Princeton (#29) he will be officially at the half way mark. Drew is still battling a very sore knee and needs to be cognizant of his lungs, but the weather is beautiful, and positivity has been restored.


As for the crew, they're learning to live with the range of emotions that go along with these extraordinary feats - the mental highs and lows, celebrating the successful milestones and really feeling the failures, and of course, the long days, unpredictable weather, and random equipment snafus. It's all part of the journey. But seeing family, having a few laughs, reading a kind comment on a blog... these are the things that boost spirits and carry them through the hardship.


Drew and the crew love to see who comments are from when they read them, so if you're comfortable with it, be sure to drop a signature along with your comment!


Onward.

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Guest
3 days ago

Youre a true inspiration Drew!!! keep it up! D.Z

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Guest
3 days ago

Was rooting for you to be able to finish but health and safety have to come first. Kudos to you for listening to your body. The mountains will be there…prayers for a quick recovery. You are awe inspiring to soo many…

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Guest
3 days ago

What an amazing effort to attempt this goal. You are going to finish and crush the current time! I'm praying for you to have superhuman strength, endurance to traverse each mountain, and healing over your body. You are more than capable, believe that! You've got this 💪 Love following along your journey. It's inspiring 🙌

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Guest
3 days ago

Such a sick effort Drew! My friends and I missed you by a day on Sneffels, I was bummed about that. Stocked to follow along again if you attempt again in the future.

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Carla Fulton
Carla Fulton
3 days ago

Praying for you this morning, Drew!! What you’ve accomplished is incredibly awe-inspiring. Mind blowing, really. I know you have a capable team around you to support however you need….praying for your health and safety.


—-just saw your IG update. You are remarkable, Drew! Be so proud!! I’m sorry for the complications and respect your wisdom to stop.

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