Record-setting hiker climbs with his kids |

Record-setting hiker climbs with his kids

Jason Blevins
The Denver Post

The lightning on Mount Lindsey made his hat buzz. Days with only hours of sleep stirred near-hallucinations on Quandary Peak. Tendon pain in his leg haunted his rain-soaked, 27-hour push across the seven highest peaks in the Elk Mountains.

That was all training for Andrew Hamilton’s next mission. The 40-year-old father of four and ultra mountaineer who last month raced over Colorado’s 58 points above 14,000 feet in a record nine days, 21 hours and 51 minutes is returning to his true calling: shepherding his kids up the state’s highest peaks.

“I’ve got a few more rounds to go,” says Hamilton, his lap laden with 3-year-old Scarlett, whom they call Birdy, and 6-year-old Luke as they gather at the family table in their Lowry home.

His oldest sons, Calvin, 11, and Axel, 8, rank as the youngest climbers to clamber atop all the state’s fourteeners, a unique Colorado goal that takes many people a lifetime. Calvin, who has climbed all the fourteeners twice, started when he was 6. Axel was 4 when he climbed his first fourteener.

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