HIKING WITH NIELS ANDERSON
An interview with
|Kit Carson Peak, Sangre de Cristos,
photo courtesy of
The Loveland Physical
Education department will showcase people with
enthusiasms for active lifestyles
here on FITNESS CORNER each month.
LPE: Niels, what
got you interested in hiking?
Niels: The thrill to get to the top of a peak was exciting to
me. When I was at Luther College in Iowa, my friends and I used to come out
to Colorado and climb Longs Peak.
LPE: What are things
a novice hiker needs to know?
Niels: You need to be prepared for ALL weather. It could be in the 80's
and calm and within an hour in the 40's and raining. You also need to bring
more water than you possibly think you would drink.
LPE: What does it
cost for hiking equipment?
Niels: Travel expense and a one-time purchase of gear. Good hiking
shoes and a H20 dispenser such as a camel back are a must.
LPE: How do you train
Niels : I like to run at lower altitude. Mentally, you have to
be prepared to attack the mountain or it will attack you!
LPE: What peaks have
Niels: I have climbed 30 of the 54 14,000 ft. peaks in Colorado.
There are almost 70 in the USA and I hope to climb all of them.
LPE: What climbs do
you have planned for this summer?
Niels: Mt. Culebra and Maroon Peak. Then I'll head on
over to the Elk Range.
you recommend hiking?
Niels: Yes. I would start slow, though, to see if you
like it. You should try some smaller peaks and climbs before attempting the