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Start early. You should be down off all of the peaks by 1:00. Afternoon T-storms above timberline are spectacular, and deadly. Keep an eye on the weather when climbing

Layers - Bring enough clothes to survive a blizzard. I have been whited out in blizzards at 14K in July. I started climbing at 4:30 and didn't get down until 9 that night. That was on Oxford and Belford. Rain coats and pants are far better than a poncho.

Don't wear cotton - cotton kills.

Boots - break 'em in.

Get some collapsible hiking poles. Pretty handy coming down and help to save your knees.

Sun screen, sun hat.

Maybe climb Sherman first - it's a one off. It will give you a feel for it. Or Elbert, it's the highest and about as difficult as Bross.

Climb on a weekday - 14ers get loved to death on the weekend

All that being said, I've seen people at 14K wearing nothing but flip-flops, shorts and a t-shirt, and only carrying a small water bottle, and they almost always seem to survive just fine.

Read "Colorado Fourteener Disasters" It's pretty interesting.
http://www.denverpost.com/2005/12/03/missing-hikers-trail-li...

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