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How to climb every single mountain in America

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“The thing is, if I’m going to be able to do a big run like this, then I have to be really prepared.

It’s very different when you’ve got to run in the snow.”

— Mark R. Sisson, climber and owner of Raccoon Ridge, New York.

“I’m just looking forward to the race.

I’ve been climbing and doing these runs since I was in high school.

It just seemed like it was the right time to take it up a notch.”

— Sam White, climker and owner and director of The New York Times Peak Climbing Project.

“It’s the same thing every time I’m on the mountain.

It’ll be different this time.

I’m a big fan of the weather.”

— James C. O’Hagan, climbiker and owner/director of Mount Rainier Climbing.

“This is going to bring back a lot of memories of when I was a kid and climbing and going to campgrounds and things like that.

The mountain itself is a little different.

You’re going to have to climb some hills in the rain.”

— Steve Pyle, mountain climber, owner/editor of The Mountain Gazette.

“For me, the weather and the mountains are just a little bit more important than the climbing itself.

You have to have a really good mind and you have to understand that the weather isn’t going to make or break your climb.

I feel like this will be a fun race.”

— John P. Rothermel, climbing champion and founder of The Climbing Channel.

“The climb is the same every time.

It depends on the weather.

If it’s a little windy, you can go a little slower, and if it’s really good, you’re probably going to do it in under an hour.”

— Mike Kiely, mountaineer and author of “Mountaineering: An Insider’s Guide to the Mountain.”

“It will be great for climbers, for climbers that have never done it before, for folks that are looking for a new challenge.”

— Dan St. John, mountainer and director, North Face.

“If I’m ever in the area and there’s a good chance that it’s going to rain, I’m looking forward.”

— Tom Schmitt, mountain guide and owner, Skylark Mountain Adventures.

“My goal is to climb it in a couple of hours, with no snow or rain.”