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14er Project wall chart tracks your summits (and looks good doing it)

Nathan Downey, Founder of The 14er Project has climbed 23 Colorado's 14,000-foot-peaks, but saw no good way to keep track of his mountaineering exploits.

"There was no good way to track what 14ers you climbed that was aesthetically pleasing," says Downey, an art director who's based in Capitol Hill.

Consider the problem solved. The 14ers Project's debut product is a wall chart featuring icons for all of Colorado's 58 14,000-footers -- 53 official and five unofficial (typically peaks too proximate to be considered a distinct summit) -- locally screenprinted on heavy-duty paper. Each mountain has a box below ready to be stamped with red when the peak has been conquered.

Downey has sold about 50 of the $79 charts of his first run of 200, and plans another print run as well as other products, one in partnership with California-based Klean Kanteen.

Comparing the local mountaineering subculture to surfing in California, he says that Snowmass Mountain has been his favorite 14,000-foot peak so far.

And he has no plans to stop hiking them anytime soon. "I'm addicted to the achievement syndrome," says Downey.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Eric Peterson with tips and leads for future stories at eric@confluence-denver.com.

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Eric is a Denver-based tech writer and guidebook wiz. Contact him here.
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