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Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,230 feet
Mt. Massive  -  14,427 feet
Date Posted:  03/07/2023
Modified:  03/15/2023
Date Climbed:   05/14/2022
Author:  justiner
 Slowlans   


I decided to document my Nolan's 14 recon last year which I did in the form of a thru-hike of the line starting at the Shavano Trailhead, and ending at the Leadville Fish Hatchery. This video is the result. Backpacking 14ers is a niche activity for sure, but it is possible - albeit challenging. Early-ish season conditions created the most frustrating challenges, as I was oftentimes bogged down in pockets of unsupportive snow hidden in the trees between the peaks.

I've also put up all my notes on how to do such a thing in its very own guide at,

https://slowlans.longmayyourange.com

The guide is free, as is the Caltopo Map I've created that has then actual tracks, and labeled resources (water, camping, etc).

Unfortunately, my Nolan's 14 run - the fourth time I've attempted it, didn't go as planned - I bailed after just Princeton. I'll have to one day try again.


My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):




Comments or Questions
Gulf_Coast_Hiker
User
Good Stuff!
3/8/2023 8:46pm
Thanks for making the video. It's hard enough to do all the miles and navigation let alone filming along the way.


BostonBD
User
Well done
3/9/2023 8:25am
I liked where you thought you left your sleeping bag behind and decided to go back and get it, then found it! Whew! What a relief! Super perseverance and cool video! WOW


justiner
User
sleeping bag
3/9/2023 9:50am
especially since it's not a $500 sleeping bag anymore - it's now a $600 sleeping bag!


headsizeburrito
User
Great video!
3/11/2023 10:52pm
I've enjoyed watching the installments. Looks like quite an adventure, especially with so much snow to deal with.



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