Climber Andrew Hamilton attempting to break 14ers speed record

DENVER - A man trying to break the speed record for climbing all of Colorado's 14ers is more than halfway to his goal.

Andrew Hamilton climbed Mount Princeton on Monday, marking off his 30th peak. He has 28 to go.

Hamilton started his mission at 4:15 a.m. last Wednesday, June 18. He plans to finish on June 28, hopefully setting a new record of 10 days and a few hours.

The current record of 10 days, 20 hours and 26 minutes was set in 2000.

Hamilton set the record in the late 1990s at just under 14 days. However, the record has been broken twice since then and lowered by several days.

On Monday he was scheduled to hike in the Sawatch Range near Buena Vista tackling Columbia and Harvard, then Oxford, Belford, and Missouri.

However, Hamilton was a bit sleepy after summitting Mount Princeton on Monday and fell about 90 minutes behind schedule after taking a nap, Hamilton's wife, Natalie, told 7NEWS.

"Hopefully, he'll make some of that time back, but he's still in great shape time-wise," Natalie Hamilton said. "He completed 29 of 58 in less than 5 days! Pretty amazing, but still a long way to go!"

A 14er is a peak over 14,000-foot tall. There are between 52 and 58 14ers in Colorado, depending on who you ask in the climbing community.

"I am going with the list of 58 because it is pretty easy to explain: a point over 14,000 feet is counted if it has been given a name by the USGS (United States Geological Survey)," Andrew Hamilton said.

After Hamilton finishes the 14ers in Colorado, he plans to hike the 14ers in California and then Mt. Rainier in Washington to complete all of the 14ers in the contiguous United States.

Learn more about Hamilton's quest and track his progress on his website.

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