From the southernmost peak of Mt. Langley to Mt. Shasta in the north, California’s fifteen peaks of 14,000 feet or more are some of the most challenging and beautiful mountains in the country. Over the past decade the rise of endurance activities (including obstacle racing) and the popularity of reality television have increased the popularity of these daunting climbs (California’s Fourteeners have been featured on The Amazing Race, Man vs. Wild, and Django Unchained).
No matter the skill level, this book will lay out the plans and logistics to allow every climber a positive experience. Each of the mountains will be broken down based on the technical skills needed, a recommended list of gear and equipment, how to prepare for rapidly changing weather and trail conditions, and a general timeframe needed to reach each summit.
Toby Evans’s love of the mountains and backcountry began at age ten during a family camping trip through Yellowstone National Park, the Tetons, and the Bitterroots. An accomplished endurance athlete and journalist, he was introduced to the California fourteeners by adventure racing teammate and former speed summit record-holder, Jack McBroom. Toby has traveled, competed, climbed, and explored across the United States and internationally. His Happy Mutant Adventure Race Series has become one of the most popular events of its kind in the country. His “Fitpacking” program introduces clients to the outdoors in a logical, step-by-step manner. Evans is a certified trainer and has a Master’s in Exercise Science. He plans on attempting to set a new Speed Summit Record for the California fourteeners in 2019.