Teresa Gergen Finishes All 13ers in Lower 48 + Hawaii

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Teresa Gergen Finishes All 13ers in Lower 48 + Hawaii

Postby kirkmallory » Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:07 pm

On August 30th, 2019, Teresa Gergen became the first person to reach all ranked peaks over 13,000 feet in all U.S. States except Alaska, on Palisade Crest in California. That's 846 peaks. Many of these peaks, especially in Wyoming and California, are very difficult and remote. She overcame a lot of obstacles in this quest, most notably when she suffered a broken leg in 2010 while descending Mt. Sacagawea in the Wind Rivers.

Congratulations Teresa - you deserve to be first!
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Re: Teresa Gergen

Postby John Kirk » Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:49 pm

Indeed - well done! Glad I could be a part of your success this summer Teresa!
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Re: Teresa Gergen Finishes All 13ers in Lower 48 + Hawaii

Postby RyanSchilling » Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:57 am

Outstanding, Teresa, congratulations!
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Re: Teresa Gergen Finishes All 13ers in Lower 48 + Hawaii

Postby mikeofferman » Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:58 am

What a huge accomplishment!
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Re: Teresa Gergen Finishes All 13ers in Lower 48 + Hawaii

Postby TeresaGergen » Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:51 am

Thanks! It wouldn't have happened without the help of a lot of people over a lot of years. Thanks to all of you.
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Re: Teresa Gergen Finishes All 13ers in Lower 48 + Hawaii

Postby MarkSchmalz » Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:43 pm

Teresa, this is truly inspiring. I do not use the word legend often, but I put you in that category. Congratulations, friend.
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Re: Teresa Gergen Finishes All 13ers in Lower 48 + Hawaii

Postby Tom Pierce » Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:17 pm

Wow, that's a lot of peaks, Teresa! What a quest, very impressive. Congrats!

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Re: Teresa Gergen Finishes All 13ers in Lower 48 + Hawaii

Postby Scott Patterson » Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:09 pm

So which were your favorite 13ers?
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Re: Teresa Gergen Finishes All 13ers in Lower 48 + Hawaii

Postby TeresaGergen » Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:32 am

Scott Patterson wrote:So which were your favorite 13ers?


The ones where I had to figure out clever tricks to solo something I otherwise would have needed a rock leader for. A lot of the harder 13ers in CA have short sections of difficulty, or summit boulder problems, that are technical or semi-technical, as opposed to outright pitches of rock climbing (where I did need a rock leader, and which is more common in WY, although there are a few in CA (and CO) as well). Often I could use rock shoes and/or some form of aid to get myself up stuff I couldn't downclimb, then I could rap down that spot. In WY, Koven comes to mind. In CA, Courte Echelle, Humphreys, Darwin, Bear Creek Spire, Squaretop, Thunder, Jordan, Fusilade are ones that I really enjoyed in this regard. (There are a good number of others where the abject misery of the rest of the climb or approach outweighed the "fun" of puzzling out the technical difficulties.)

Also have to say that Mauna Loa is really cool.
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