Pain slows Andrew Hamilton's attempt at Colorado 14er's speed record

Pain slowed down a hiker's attempt to set the speed record for climbing Colorado's 14ers this week.

Andrew Hamilton reported excruciating pain climbing the maroon bells Thursday and ended up taking a long break at Crater Lake, before continuing on to Pyramid, his 44th summit in nine days.

"He iced his shins, slept and decided to keep going," Hamilton's wife, Natalie, told 7NEWS. "He has lost a significant amount of time, so it will be a nail biter to the end! 14 to go!"

Andrew Hamilton climbed Castle and Conundrum Thursday night.

At last report Friday morning, Hamilton and his team were heading to Mount of the Holy Cross.

"Andrew is tired sore and tired and sore, but he is amazingly still hiking!," Hamilton's friend Andrea Sansone posted on Hamilton's blog Friday.

After Holy Cross, Hamilton will have 11 peaks to go -- Sherman, Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross, Quandary, Grays, Torreys, Bierstadt, Evans and Longs.

Hamilton started his mission at 4:15 a.m. last Wednesday, June 18. He planned to finish tomorrow, 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.

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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