Learn to Explore and Protect the Mountains of the American West!

America’s mountains are an amazing place. Whether you want to climb your first fourteener, go on a backpacking trip, or visit a National Park, The Next Summit is here to help. My name is Alex, and I started this site to help everyone explore the mountains safely and sustainably. Get started by visiting the blog, exploring my route guides, or becoming a supporter to help me continue this important work. Thanks for visiting!

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Learn to Hike and Climb America's Mountains Safely & Responsibly.

When I started hiking and climbing the mountains of Colorado, I noticed how many people were completely unprepared for the peaks. I started my blog to provide resources and information for those new to the mountains. If you have an idea or request for a new resource or article, or if you’d like to collaborate, get in touch with the link to the right. I look forward to connecting! 

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