Coloradan climbs Katahdin in 50-peak quest |

Coloradan climbs Katahdin in 50-peak quest

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

BANGOR, Maine ” A Colorado teacher has climbed Mount Katahdin in his quest to reach the highest points in all 50 states in 50 days.

Thirty-one-year-old Mike Haugen climbed Maine’s highest peak Wednesday in just four hours ” half the time it takes most hikers.

Haugen began his adventure in early June, when he and his team took eight days to climb Alaska’s Mount McKinley, the nation’s high point.

Other points ” such as New Hampshire’s Mount Washington ” can be reached by car, which helps explain how Haugen intends to succeed.

Haugen’s “50 States in 50 Days Adventure” is sponsored by The Coleman Co. camping and equipment manufacturer as part of its effort to fight “nature deficit disorder,” the name given to the trend of young people spending more time indoors than outside.