Local Hero: Alan Arnette

Alan Arnette has accomplished many impressive mountaineering feats. He has climbed all of Colorado’s 14ers, often by technically complex routes. In 2011, he stood atop Mt. Everest, and in 2014 he became the oldest American to summit the notoriously deadly K2 when he reached the top on his 58th birthday. But Arnette does not scale the world’s highest peaks simple for personal glory. It’s a much more personal quest. “I climb mountains to bring attention to one of the most dangerous diseases on this planet: Alzheimer’s,” he says.

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