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Hiking Las Vegas Blog
What is a 53er?
It might be helpful to explain what a 53er is and it has nothing to do with age!
A 53er is a hiker who is a member of the 52 Peak Club that has climbed/hiked all 52 Peaks around Las Vegas. List of all 52 the peaks.
Kasha is the 145th person to accomplish this feat. List of hikers who have climbed all 52 Peaks.
Kahsa was born and raised in Poland, and moved to the States in 1991. After living through the frigid winters in Chicago, her husband, daughter, and she packed up and moved to Las Vegas in 2000. She had always been called to the outdoors and used to spend the summers of her childhood in the scouts backpacking, kayaking, sailing, etc.
Kasha is 49 years old and became a 53er on Jan 21st, 2018.
In her words she join the 52 Peak Club because: "I used to casually hike with my family, but always desired to get to the mountains more frequently and on more advanced hikes. The 52 Peak Club offered me a great way to make friends, push my limits in a safe way, and have a great time! "
She felt the toughest peak in the 52 Peak Club was Holiday Peak and her favorite peak is White Pinnacle Peak, both are in Red Rock Canyon, which is 20 miles west of Las Vegas, NV.
She felt accomplished, but ready for new adventures after becoming a 53er.
Her advice for new members of the 52 Peak Club is: Always pack a delicious sandwich, so you have something to look forward to at the peak (besides the view)! Start with lower cards so you don’t overwhelm yourself from the start, build up confidence and experience before you attack the more difficult hikes. The leaders are great at what they do- knowledgeable, experienced, always thinking about safety- trust them! Above all else, believe in yourself- you can do it!
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV