Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Nolan's 14 Success - Photos

Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.” ~ William Faulkner

Well we did it. Jared Campbell and I managed to cover the Nolan's 14 route in 58 hours and 58 minutes. In that time we climbed 14 peaks over fourteen thousand feet in elevation. Our route, which ended up being over 105 miles, climbed 45,331 feet. Leaving the Leadville Fish Hatchery just after 9am on Friday, August 17th, we climbed up and ran down Mount Massive, Mount Elbert, La Plata, Huron, Missouri, Belford, Oxford, Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Princeton, Antero, Tabeguache, and Shavano. Look for my piece in the upcoming issue #85 of Trail Runner Magazine, adventure section. For now enjoy Jared's write up, Dakota's write up or what my iPhone captured below...

My Gear:
Montrail Bajada and the discontinued Montrail Rockridge
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Wind Jacket
UltrAspire Surge Race Vest
Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp and Z-poles
DryMax Trail Socks

Thank you Mindy Campbell, Jared's wife, you were amazing crew.. and without you this would not have happened. Pro photog Fred Marmsater was also on hand to shoot photos and remind us that he thinks we're "bad asses". In my experience, that never hurts - thanks Fred. Last but not least, thanks to Fred Vance and Jim Nolan who came up with the route, and the four men that pioneered it, legends all ~ Blake Wood, Mike Tilden, Jim Nelson and John Robinson.

Jared Campbell approaching Bull Hill off Mount Elbert (14,440 ft)

Deep in self-hate dialog in my head.

Beautiful bushwhacking on the way up to Mount Yale (14,199 ft)

Princeton ridge descent

Mere minutes after puking up a gel Jared charges summit #13 - Tabeguache Peak (14,163 ft)

Jared making his way over the 15+ false summits on the last peak of our adventure.

Mount Shavano (14,229 ft) the last of our 14 summits. We arrived hear in 57 hours 30 minutes.

Suunto says 45,331 feet of uphill climb - Not a bad day in the mountains


Nick Sourlos said...

Athletes like Jared & yourself are a inspiration, you make me think outside the box and question what I am capable of achieving...thank you.
It makes me proud you choose Utah as your home and hopefully a little inversion in the winter won't change that.

Scott said...

You guys are badasses. Next level, for sure.

Jay said...

Super cool adventure. Congrats on doubling down and getting it done under 60 hours. Bravo!!

Jason Berry said...

Awesome and motovating. It reminds me to dig deep when it really hurts.

Olga King said...

This is way cooler than any race! Thanks for the photos and reports!

Oscarjet said...

Awesome Matt !
after a month and a half with out force to get out and run i read your last madness and put my shoes on and run for a 20km 2200m trail...
You always inspire me man !
Thanks for share .

elizabeth said...

I see that you use the Suunto t6c. I'm looking to buy something similar, do you recommend the t6d?