DENVER - It's a feat most adults have never accomplished or are striving to finish. At just 6 years old, Axel Hamilton's family says he finished his 58th 14'er on Friday.
"We've been hiking since he was four years old," his father, Andrew Hamilton, said.
His older brother, Calvin Hamilton, had already climbed all the 14'ers by age 8, but happily joined his little brother for a second round.
"The hardest part was probably the snow," Axel said of his final climb on Mt. Evans. His father says the journey was a cold one but an easier trek. He takes every precaution while climbing with his kids, making sure they are always properly equipped.
Once up top, Axel celebrated with a cake and candles that spelled out 58. He also likes to commemorate every mountain milestone by posing at the top with his stuffed animals.
While the view for the top of a 14'er can be rewarding in itself, Axel fondly remembers one climb for a different reason.
"My favorite was probably Pyramid [Peak,]" he said. "I found this really awesome jewel at the top."
The climb was also the most "comfortable" for him.
So what's next for a boy who has accomplished a bucket-list style achievement?
"It made me very tired when Axel said that next he wants to climb all of the 13ers in the state," his father wrote on an online forum.
The brothers also have a younger sibling who seems to have taken a liking to cars more than climbing. He may end the streak and begin a new one at the race track.
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