In part two of our conversation with Andrew and Andrea, our discussion starts with their “rock bottom” moment on their Centennial Peak record adventure. How and why they did the Blanca/Lindsey group the way they did and getting a car battery jump deep in the Ten Mile Range were just a few of the stories on this podcast that the pair enthusiastically tells in tandem. You’ll understand why the saying “every ridge goes right?!” applies to this duo.
A few weeks removed from doing Colorado’s highest 100 peaks in under 23 days, the team of Andrew Hamilton and Andrea Sansone join the Non-Standard 14er Podcast to talk all about it. We learn why they started the record-breaking Centennial Peak challenge on Culebra, got details on their Elk Centennial Traverse, heard about the trouble accessing the Decalibron and got to hear what it’s like running out of food in the San Juans and still needing to summit Eolus, Sunlight, Windom and Jupiter before getting resupplied. We also got to learn about how the couple motivates each other when one of them is at a mental and physical low point. This is part 1 of our conversation
We always noticed that we feel more calm, more collected and happier after a 3-day backpacking 14er trip, but now we have all the studies/research that explain why. This is thanks to the recently-released book “The Comfort Crisis” by Michael Easter. In the book, Michael articulates all the research on “rewilding” and why things like: being in nature, doing hard things, pushing your comfort zone, getting away from phones, and carrying heavy loads is good for a healthy and happy self. Michael Easter joined the Non-Standard 14er Podcast in the latest episode to talk all about it. We mention a RAT question (a measure of creativity explained in podcast) during the episode, see if you can figure it out.
In part 2 of our conversation with the Colorado 14er Speed Record Holder, Andrew Hamilton, we learn all about the logistics and about his support team during this 2015 record breaking attempt. We also get to hear more about doing “Holy Nolans” and got a sneak peak of his plans for the Centennial Record attempt set for late June this year. We also got to ask Bad Dad what advice he’d give to everyone doing 14ers---the answer might surprise you!
Colorado 14er Speed Record Holder (9 days, 21 hours and 51 minutes), Andrew Hamilton joins the Non-Standard 14er Podcast. We got to learn about the evolution of the speed record, his 1999 attempt, his interactions with previous record-holders and the logistics of climbing all the 14ers in under 10 days in July 2015. Andrew or “Bad Dad” also holds the Winter record for Nolans 14 and has set summer records for the Summer Nolans 14 and “Holy Nolans” (adding Mount of the Holy Cross). In 2018, he was the first person to climb all the 14ers in a calendar winter. This is part 1 of 2 of our conversation with Andrew.
Mountain runner, Centennial Peak Finisher, Colorado Trail Through-Hiker, and High School Cross Country Coach, Sean O’Day joins the Non-Standard 14er podcast to discuss ultra running and his 25-mile loop around Mt. Yale. You might know Sean better by his 14er handle: Doggler. Mt. Yale was the center of our discussion and the various ways (Denny Creek, Avalanche Gulch, Kroenke Lake approaches) up it, but we covered all sorts of topics from the mental aspects of pushing yourself to do crazy things like a 100-mile race or lugging a 72-pound keg up Mt. Bierstadt. You can find Sean's trip report here:
U.S. National Forest Ranger, Katy Nelson, joins the Non-Standard 14er Podcast in this episode to talk about the permit system at Conundrum Hot Springs, Leave No Trace, bear bags, overcrowding, and life in the White River National Forest. Katy is the Wilderness and Trails Specialist in the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District of Colorado. We got to learn about the data of 3 years of Conundrum Hot Springs permits and hear about the Wilderness Act which requires the mandate to provide “outstanding opportunities for solitude.”
The author, Jeri Norgren, and the photographer, John Fielder, of the new book entitled “Colorado's Highest: The History of Naming the 14,000-Foot Peaks” joined the Non-Standard 14er Podcast. We learned about the Hayden Surveys of Colorado in the 1870s, discussed the naming history of some 14ers, debated the renaming of some peaks, got some photography tips, and got to learn what prompted Jeri to begin her research and how she teamed up with John. We also were delighted to hear some captivating stories from the two that have spent decades exploring, researching, and photographing the Colorado 14ers.
Justin Ibarra----guide, avalanche educator and founder of Colorado Snowboard Guides, joins the podcast to discuss avalanche safety. We pick his brain about avalanche classes, beacons, airbags and skiing 14ers. We also get tips about educating yourself if you’re getting into backcountry skiing, and we get to hear stories about life as a winter guide in Summit County.
The TornadoMan and Short-Rope chatted with Matt Payne (climber, Centennial Peak Finisher, photographer and podcaster) in the latest episode. We talk about the pros/cons of a website Matt used to run that detailed and discussed Colorado mountain accidents. We also got to learn a bunch of mountain photography tips from Matt and hear stories about capturing those rare mountain shots when the light is just perfect. You can find his website at https://www.mattpaynephotography.com/