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Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby Doug Shaw » Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:13 am

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.

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Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby jdawud » Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:49 am

Doug, you're certainly right to be skeptical since no one (as far as I've been able to tell) has done it. To be sure I step into uncertain territory, and that carries the risk of failure. Anyone is certainly free and perhaps justified in saying I can't do it or that I'm just talk.

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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Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby pvnisher » Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:07 am

If completed, it will be an epic. Right now it is a dream of an epic.

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).
http://unofficialnetworks.com/adventurer-john-harlin-iii-completes-circumnavigation-entire-swiss-border-41565/

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Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby Jim Davies » Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:37 am

As a nerd, I automatically think of the travelling salesman problem, although you don't have to return to the start. But you have other constraints (like scheduling Culebra), so it's not a perfect match.

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.
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Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby peter303 » Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:49 am

The Colorado Mountain Trail and Colorado Divide Trails skirt about half of the 14ers. These have guidebooks. The tradeoff is better marked trails versus crowds.

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 :o

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Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby nyker » Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:30 am

jdawud, sounds like a grand plan! Good luck and let us know how it progresses. I'd be interested to see your proposed route once you have the logistics nailed down.

I'm trying to think about how many Powerbars I'd need for that...

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Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby siop » Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:51 am

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has a genius, power and magic in it" -Goethe

Good luck! Excited to follow your progress!
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Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby SchralpTheGnar » Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:59 am

'Do or do not, there is no try' - Yoda

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Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby jdorje » Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:59 pm

I too question why you'd backtrack for holy cross. But I don't know where all the good trails are.
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Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby SingleSpeed » Sat Nov 24, 2012 1:23 pm

Epic? Not epic? Who cares? Either way it will be a great personel adventure, whether you get all 58 or not. Best of luck. Enjoy the next couple of months of planning and have a great and safe hike this summer. I'll be following you on your site

Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby forbins_mtn » Sat Nov 24, 2012 1:23 pm

we're debating the use of the word "epic"? ha! it blows my mind how rigid some the people on this site are. you guys are hilarious and seriously need to get laid.

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Re: Thruhike of the 14ers

Postby jdorje » Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:04 pm

It's an epic debate anyway.
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