A strange new task has been completed. A man pushed a peanut to the top of Pikes Peak using only his nose.
Surprisingly, he wasn’t the first to do so.
On July 15, 2022, Bob Salem of Colorado Springs completed the 14,155 foot climb. He is the first person in this century to complete the task according to News 9.
According to the city of Manitou Springs, Ulysses Baxter completed the feat in 1963. In 1976 and in 1976 Tom Miller broke Baxter’s record, reportedly pushing a peanut for five days, The Gazette reported. In 1928, another man, Bill Williams, made the same journey to win a bet and earn $500, according to The Denver Channel.
Salem broke previous records by completing the journey in just seven days, with the previous record being eight. Before starting the journey, Salem told KRDO that he was taking the challenge to commemorate Manitou Springs 150th anniversary of city life. He reportedly told the outlet that he enjoys weird and strange, preferring eccentric challenges.
So how did he complete the task of getting a peanut up Pikes Peak?
To get the peanut up the mountain, he wore a CPAP mask with a spoon attached to it, the Gazette reported. Also, to avoid the recent heat wave, Salem made the trek mostly at night to combat those high temperatures Colorado has been dealing with.
Once he reached the top of the mountain, he was greeted with cheers and letters from Manitou and Colorado Springs officials, according to the Denver Channel. A representative from Manitou Springs also gifted him a jewelry box to keep his final peanut in. He went through a couple dozen along the way. What a way to end a journey.
So, Bob Salem from Colorado Springs is a record breaker. But we don’t think he’s nuts at all. In fact we think he is quite clever. Great job Bob! Thanks for keeping Colorado interesting.
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