Jason Blevins
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October 1, 2013
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Pair who walked to Colorado 14ers expect to hit 58th summit Sunday

GEORGETOWN — After several drivers slowed down to gawk, a pretty girl in a truck stops and rolls down the window.

"You guys want a ride?" she says.

Luke DeMuth starts shaking his head as Junaid Dawud politely declines.

"Really? Are you sure?" she says.

"We can't take any rides," Dawud says. "Thanks though."

With their grungy backpacks, sweat-stained hats and worn-to-moccasin shoes, the two look like they could really use a ride as they lope down Guanella Pass, "pulled by the gravity of beer," Dawud says.

"It's tempting sometimes," DeMuth says. "Especially when it's hailing."

But traveling in a car would break the rules of DeMuth and Dawud's epic mission.

The pair has been walking for 10 weeks, starting down south in the San Luis Valley. They've climbed every 14,000-foot peak in Colorado as they've ambled north, leaving what 33-year-old Dawud called a "continuous set of footprints" and forging a first-ever through-hike of the state's high points.

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