I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t going to miss Colorado a lot (especially my poor kitty), but there is so much world out there I’ve yet to experience and explore.
Nolan’s 14 is a run over the 14 summits over 14,000 ft. in Colorado’s Sawatch Range, from Mt. Massive to Mt. Shavano in either direction. It has been around since the early 90’s but has gained popularity with the growth of ultrarunning. You can choose your own route between summits, but the most practical routes have been estimated to be 88 to 106 miles with 44,000 ft. of climb. Cutoff is 60 hours to the last summit.
This is not a race.
Dispatch Radio’s Laurie Nakauchi sits down to talk Nolan’s 14 with Eric Lee who raised eyebrows in the local outdoors community with his 2016 14ers ‘fastest known time’ attempt which just so happened over this year’s notoriously rainy monsoon summer. Eric completed Nolan’s in 2012 in 57:27:14 after having scouted the course over the previous nine years. Here’s a link to his 2012 Nolans 14 report.
From his crew (thanks Andy Gerber!):
Crewmobile is all loaded up, and ready to help Eric Lee get over Little Bear, Blanca, Ellingwood, Lindsey, Humboldt, Challenger, Kit Carson, Crestone Peak & Needle, Pikes, Capitol, Snowmass, the Maroon Bells, Pyramid, Castle, and Conundrum.
Eric Lee said it was scariest mountains he’s ever done. Hailing, lightning at 13,500′, rain and snow almost the entire time. The trail down was covered in snow, he got lost, and his headlamp batteries almost died.
Here’s an update from guest contributor Chris Gerber: