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The Next Summit takes a digital approach to educate the public about leave no trace and mountain safety. We support the outdoor recreation community with policy research and advocacy and collaborate with a network of partners. Learn more about our work or explore our resources below to tackle your own next summit.
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About The Next Summit
My name is Alex Derr. I started The Next Summit in 2019 to provide better resources for those new to the mountains. We leverage digital media strategies and tactics, like blogs, webinars, SEO and social media, to educate the public about leave no trace and mountain safety. We also work with a network of partners to fundraise, conduct research, and work on joint projects.
Today, we’ve reached more than 1,200 people with our free training programs, help more than 300,000 people each year with our resources, and have 70+ member supporters who help make it all happen. Learn more about our work below.
Collaborating for the Mountains
We are a proud member of numerous coalitions and partnerships to promote Leave No Trace and preventative search and rescue best practices, while protecting outdoor recreation access in Colorado. Meet some of our partners below.
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We’ve published more than 150 different articles, infographics, and how-to guides in The Next Summit Blog. Start exploring or search for a topic you’re interested in learning more about.
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We have 7 different on-demand webinars you can watch at any time. Topics include backcountry navigation, climbing a 14er, altitude sickness, avalanche awareness, and more.
Route Guides >
I have route guides for hiking and climbing dozens of peak in Colorado and California. Find the right mountain and route for you and start planning your next adventure with The Next Summit.
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The 4 Best 14ers for Beginners in Colorado
Colorado is home to over 50 impressive 14ers, mountain peaks that exceed 14,000 feet in elevation. If you’re keen to tackle these stunning giants but
What is the Easiest 14er in Colorado? Complete Mt Sherman Guide
Colorado is famous for its 58 mountain peaks that soar above 14,000 feet, affectionately known as “14ers.” These mountains offer a variety of challenges for
What are the Classes of 14ers? 5 Easy Descriptions
One of the best things about Colorado’s 14ers is the range of difficulty they present. But what are the classes of 14ers? You’ll find peaks
Mountain Safety Guide: 9 Critical Best Practices
Mountain Safety:The Complete Guide In the face of unpredictable weather conditions, altitude changes, and diverse wildlife, thorough preparation is non-negotiable. This guide is meant to
We Screwed up so You Don’t Have To: 14er Tips from the Veterans:
Thinking about climbing a Colorado 14er? It isn’t easy, but with the right preparation, it’s definitely possible to do. Instead of making the mistakes we’ve
Colorado 14ers Ranked by Difficulty: Ultimate Guide
ALERT: The Colorado Snowpack is 40% Above Average. Plan Accordingly. Snow levels are high across the state and will pose increased risks into late July/early