Nolan’s 4, or what mountain goats drink

Photo credit: Carl the mountain goat

I’d just left Winfield and was hiking down South Clear Creek Road when I heard the UTV approaching.

“Ten bucks says they stop and ask me what the hell I’m doing,” I thought to myself.

They stopped, I pocketed ten bucks. “I should do crazy stuff more often,” I thought to myself.

“You goin’ to Lake Ann?” the man asked, referring to an alpine lake below the divide, straight south of us.

“No, Huron,” I said, referring to a peak a short climb east of us.

“Huron? That’s a 14er! You’re climbing a 14er at night!?”

“Yes.”

The man’s face was a mixture […]

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That was a bad idea

Nolan’s 14 was a learning experience for everyone involved. Everyone had a good time however, and is ready to try it again next year. – Fred Vance, Ultrarunning, November 1999

Approaching Nolan’s 14 I knew it would be difficult and to some extent crazy, but now having attempted it I can say that it’s also pretty funny, too, at least in a black comedy kind of way, like a standup show where the comic dies laughing at his own joke. Was I disappointed in myself for quitting after 10 peaks? Sure. Did I break down and cry on the Colorado Trail the morning after? Maybe. The point is, I can’t […]

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Sure, Nolan’s 14 sounds like a good idea

Along with several other men of uncertain mental state I will be attempting Nolan’s 14 this weekend. We start tomorrow, 9-2-16, at 5am. There’s a little weather on the radar, but when has weather ever been an issue in the mountains? We’ll be fine.

I’ve spent the past six weeks scouting the route and making plans for this very good idea. I really can’t think of any reason why I wouldn’t finish. I have sunscreen, a couple sandwiches, an umbrella, and plenty of high-quality cotton clothing to keep me warm. I also have a fine new RaidLight running pack donated by Rocky Mountain Ultra. (Thanks Adam!)

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