> Bozena and i will be ariving in Silverton on june 21
> and would love to run
> any part of the Nolans 14 at any time (except Elbert
> and Huron)
How about Mt. Yale from the Collegiate Peaks
campground west of Buena Vista on Rt. 306 or the
trailhead 1/2 mile to the west. I'm not familiar with
the area, but it looks pretty straightforward on the
map. It looks like out and back on good trail, about
4-5 miles each way, from about 9800 ft. to 14,194 ft
We could make this a loop course by taking the route
back that Fred Vance recommeded. From Yale, take the
east ridge to the Colorado Trail, then south to the
road. The last 2 miles back to the camp would be west
on paved road (uck!) I think this would be about
We could add another 10-12 miles by continuing north
to Columbia and back, or 4 more if we continued north
to Harvard. Fred recommends taking an avalanche chute
down to a bridge across the North Cottonwood Creek at
about 10,000 ft, and another chute up to Columbia.
There is a trail, but it would several extra miles
each way and more climbing. Columbia to Harvard is a
few hundred feet below a ridge that drops to about
Anyway, I was thinking about Sunday morning, June 25.
I'll only have 4 days acclimation at that point (from
sea level), so I may take the shorter option depending
how I feel, and probably be slow. Afterwards, I want
to stay in the area and explore the rest of the
Nolan's course. Usually after 3 days I don't have any
problem with altitude sickness at 14,000 ft, but it
takes me about 11-14 days to go from 1000-1500 ft/hr
to 2000 ft/hr rate of climb above/below treeline. The
only thing that saves me is that I run downhill pretty
fast with or without acclimation.
-- Matt Mahoney, matmahoney@...
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