Climbing one of Colorado’s 53 fourteeners is no easy feat. It requires foresight, training, and the right equipment. You don’t just walk out your front door and go straight up a fourteener. The likelihood of your success would be incredibly low. When Andy Emery set out to open Antero Automotive, he did it in much the same way he prepared for his ascent of Mount Antero. In a sense, he trained for it… years of devotion to learning not only about how to repair cars but the automotive repair industry itself. He also dedicated himself to learning how to run a shop effectively. From the time he was a kid, he already had the passion and curiosity around taking things apart and putting them back together. That day he summited Mt. Antero, he knew that when he opened his repair shop, that would be the name.
Mount Antero is named after Chief Antero of the Uintah band of the Ute people. It is 14, 276 feet at its highest and rises 7,200 feet above the town of Salida. It is one of the most prominent peaks of the Sawatch Range. Its ascent is not to be taken lightly, and in fact, a serious training regimen is highly suggested whether you plan to summit Mt. Antero or any one of the other 52 of Colorado’s fourteeners.
Training may not be fun, but it will help you reach the top. Considering that people can feel the effects of altitude as low as 5,000 feet, you can count on feeling them at 14,000! Leading up to the event, your training should include ways to increase the volume of blood your heart pumps with each beat, high-intensity interval training so your body can best utilize your oxygen intake, strengthening your upper body and your core and increasing flexibility. Here’s an excellent article that gives you specific training tips: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/14er-mountain-climb-goal-training.html
The day of your hike, there are other things to think about and prepare for. Start off with great footwear, or you’ll likely regret that! A good backpack, layers, snacks, ample water supply. Be prepared for a very long day and a very early start. 14ers aren’t usually for getting back to nature, as you will not be alone. In Colorado, climbing 14ers are a hugely popular thing to do. Here’s a great article about many of the basics you’ll need/want to know for attempting to climb any 14er: https://denverdavis.com/article/14er_info
As a customer of Antero Automotive, rest assured that Andy Emery and his entire team have trained extensively to be able to successfully deliver top-notch auto repair services as well as the best customer service possible. Andy knows what it takes to climb a 14er like Mount Antero, and he applied many of the same principles to opening and running Antero Automotive. Stop by and share your 14er story sometime! We’d love to hear! Schedule an appointment, or stop by our shop located at 6615 S Dayton Street Greenwood Village, CO 80111.