THE MISSION


“To raise money and create awareness in support of our less fortunate youth by empowering and providing them with the tools and mentorship needed to be successful. “

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THE CHARITIES


Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver serves more than 10,000 kids at 16 sites in the metro Denver area and also operates one very special residential summer camp. Gates Camp is located west of Boulder and offers Boys & Girls Club members a chance to experience new activities, learn a variety of new skills and try new behaviors. Even in tough times, kids need a chance to be kids. Gates Camp gives young people, especially those from low-income families, experiences past the sometimes difficult realities of their urban neighborhoods.

The First Tee is an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through after school and in school programs, we help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf. And it’s making a difference. Our research-proven programs are having a positive impact on participants, their families and their communities. The First Tee Nine Core Values include: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgement. The First Tee Nine Healthy habits are: energy, play, safety, vision, mind, family, friends, school, community.

SUPPORT


100% of donations will be sent directly to supported charities. 14er Golf, inc is a Colorado company established as a federally recognized non-profit organization [EIN: 47-4398946] to generate funds for less fortunate youth. Donations are tax deductible and you will receive a letter and receipt recognizing your contribution for tax purposes.

We have an aggressive fund raising goal of $50,000 and appreciate any support you can provide!

There are a few ways you can help:

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Pledge a dollar amount per all future summits from the day you make the pledge. For every mountain we summit from that point forward, your pledged amount will be charged.

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Make a one-time donation.

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Have any old or extra hiking equipment or golf equipment? All of these items are helpful for the kids as many do not have anything. Please email me at steve@14ergolf.com to coordinate shipping or delivery/pickup.

HIKING TIPS


Climbing mountains can quickly become life threatening so preparation is key.  In the summer months of Colorado, you should clear the summit by 11 AM to reduce your chances of lightning strikes.  That means you should get an early start.  To help you determine your start time for your chosen route, an above average hiker will hike 1 mile every hour or gain about 1000 feet in elevation every hour.

The Essentials checklist:  navigation, sun protection, illumination (head lamp and one other source), hydration, nutrition, proper clothing, first aid, fire, repair kit, emergency shelter

Apparel – Wicking and layered clothes, with something that is wind resistant.  Wearing compression socks will help with your recovery.  Knit hat or something to keep your ears warm.

Gloves –Excellent for traction when grabbing rocks and using your climbing poles.

Footwear – For Class I & II hikes, you can wear something a little lighter.  Ideally, something with additional padding in the ball of your foot to help with the decent.  Class III, IV, and V – Waterproof, hiking boots that provide ankle protection.  Also, always nice to have Yak Trax and Microspikes handy, especially in the spring and fall.

Hiking Poles – Light-weight Anti-shock hiking poles are helpful…especially on the descent as they take some of the impact off your legs.  They also help your balance coming down by giving you a “3rd” and “4th” leg.  Take a little duct tape and wrap it around your poles to use in case a quick repair is needed.

Hiking Pack – I take a medium size pack with all of my gear.  Make sure your pack fits properly and is sized correctly for you.  The hip strap should run across the middle of your hip bone and you should not have any slack in your bag against your spine.  I usually put a smaller camelbak backpack inside of my main pack.  Depending on the weather and situation, I might ditch my bigger pack as I get closer to the summit to make the final climb easier.

Helmet – It is always a great idea to wear a helmet while hiking any 14er.  Consider it mandatory for anything Class III and higher.  Obviously to protect yourself if you fall but more importantly to protect yourself from loose rock knocked down above you.

Mountain First Aid Kit – Basic supplies in case of an emergency.  Also smart to have an emergency foil blanket in your pack.

Sunscreen/Hat – The sun is intense and you will be fully-exposed for a long time period.  Be sure to wear sunscreen and reapply as you go.  Wearing a hat and having a scarf/buff or handkerchief for your neck is also a good idea.

Preparation is key.  Here are a few helpful resources to use while planning your trip:

www.14er.com There are some excellent resources but none better than www.14er.com.  You review and plan your route, trailheads and how to get there, recent summits/trip summaries, etc.  There is also a mobile app worth downloading to your smart phone.

www.mountain-forecast.com  or www.weather.gov  You should also check the predicted mountain weather for the area you are visiting.

Colorado’s Fourteeners by Gerry Roach – The 14er bible inclusive of an introduction to hiking and safety to a summary of all the peaks and various routes and trailheads.

Nutrition

  • Days before the hike…just like running a long race, it is smart to load your body with carbohydrates.  You can follow any carb loading diet.
  • Morning of the hike– Big breakfast full of protein.  Drink water and sprinkle in sea salt to help with absorption.  I also drink a Hammer Strength HEED Sports Drink before starting.  http://www.hammernutrition.com/products/heed-reg–sports-drink.he.html
  • During the hike– Lots of water, electrolytes, and fuel.  Protein bars, beef jerky, fruits, and a Hammer Strength Gel about every hour.  http://www.hammernutrition.com/products/hammer-gel.hg.html
  • Recovery – Protein shake mixed with coconut water.

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