Friday, October 11, 2013

Chart your summit conquests the stylish way

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 10:04 AM

If there's one thing Colorado has in spades besides fun stuff to do outdoors, it's super-talented graphic designers. Add the two together, and you get things like the Fourteener Project, launched by Colorado Springs' own Nathan Downey.

An avid climber with a confessed "giant blank space on my wall," Downey decided to design a print with each of the state's 58 fourteen-thousand-foot mountains listed as icons and a stamp to mark off each summited peak. The limited-edition prints (the initial run will only be 200) that Downey makes with a few fellow climbers come with a special stamp and ink pad, so you can chart your successes and show them off.

Downey tells the Indy via email that he's summited 26 of Colorado's 58 fourteeners so far, and plans to conquer them all "sooner or later."

The package costs $79 and will be the first in a series of Fourteener Project products Downey hopes to unveil over the next year. While Downey says they'll "celebrate the achievement syndrome unique to 14er enthusiasts," here's hoping there will be a picnicking one, for those of us who, uh, prefer to take the mountains in from down below.

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