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