jdawud wrote:Relax and don't hate, you might have more fun.
No hate here, just a healthy dose of skepticism. Remember that you're the one who publicized it, so be willing to take the bad with the good.
I'm sure that even an attempt will be an amazing experience. Go for it.
Kenton, i'm trying to get the google earth embed to work. That particular traverse between Blanca and Lindsey doesn't look easy and may not be feasible. There is another traverse in the Elks (or hell, the Elk in general) that will be difficult. There are several such points that will present the choice of ridiculously difficult traverse or annoyingly longer mileage. Beta and research are certainly necessary, but I've found no logistical reason to think this is anything other than completely doable. I would not have made a website, postponed my CDT hike, or announced it here if I didn't think it is possible and that I can do it. I have done few of the Colorado 14ers, but none of them are beyond my skill set or experience level. Honestly, this is mostly a hiking trip, the peaks themselves represent relatively little of the difficulty of the overall trip. The majority are walk ups. That said, I have no delusions that it will be easy.
In any case, I'm excited for the next few months of additional planning and preparation. Getting to the trailhead prepared is always half the challenge.
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As far as overusing the word "epic", sounds more like a backlash against a current generationally-hot word. In America you say "awesome" quite a bit. In England you say "Brilliant" to describe many things. Does that make them actually awesome or brilliant? In most cases, no, but it's just a word with collogquial meaning. Get over it.
Publicizing grand intentions sometimes makes them more real. Like buying a non-refundable plane ticket to Kathmandu. You say to yourself, "I'm really doing this."
There will certainly be challenges, but people have circumnavigated Switzerland, which I'm pretty sure is a bit more technical than this endeavor(included glacier travel and the most difficult ridge on the Matterhorn).
Keep a journal, take photos, get a book deal afterwards.
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As a hiker, I'll suggest that the hardest part Blanca-Lindsey ridge can be avoided by dropping into Winchell Lakes to the south. Getting from Lindsey to the Crestones might give you the biggest private-property headaches, but you might take a look at the Rainbow Trail as an alternative to going back over to the Sand Dunes. The path up Sand Creek from the dunes toward Music Pass is a beautiful hike (if you go that way), but you'll have to wade through the creek about 10 times, so plan your footwear accordingly.
Good luck! It sounds like you know the magnitude of what you're undertaking, unlike some of the previous "pre-announcers" that have Doug so ticked off. Are you planning to post real-time updates? It won't be as exciting as John Prater's attempt, but I'm sure you'll have a lot of people interested.
Andrew Skurka who has done several 1000+ mile hikes, is talking at CMC Dec 5. He has some good ideas on efficient hiking. Several of his trips his Mom would mail prepared food/gear packages to mail drops every four days or so. Last Skurka talk I heard, about Alaska at Neptune, Andy claims to never lost a package in all his trips
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I'm trying to think about how many Powerbars I'd need for that...
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Good luck! Excited to follow your progress!
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