South Shore men complete historic 10-in-10 challenge |

South Shore men complete historic 10-in-10 challenge

Karl Horeis, Tribune News Service

With duct-taped toes and under smoky skies, the Nevada Appeal-sponsored team stepped onto the highest point in Nevada to complete the Nevada 10-in-10 Challenge.

“I’m going to go home and sleep for a week,” said Rick Gunn, an Appeal photographer and South Lake Tahoe resident.

The summit, 13,140 foot Boundary Peak, took the team members 3-1/2 hours to climb on Wednesday.

“A few days ago, after hiking Wheeler Peak, I didn’t know if I could do it,” said team member Jeremy Evans, a sportswriter and Stateline resident. “I looked at my feet and they were swollen and completely covered with blisters. I couldn’t even walk. But I knew if I could fight through the pain, I would achieve something special — and that’s what happened.”

The 10 challenges were outlined by the Nevada Commission on Tourism as part of the “Nevada: Bring it On” campaign highlighting Nevada’s outdoor adventure spots. The team set the 10-day deadline.

The climb was the final challenge the men had set out to complete when they began their quest Aug. 5 with a trek around the Tahoe Rim Trail and Echo Lakes.

Other goals in the challenge included biking the Flume Trail on Lake Tahoe’s east shore, off-road boarding the Black Rock desert, sand boarding Sand Mountain and Amargosa Big Dune, hiking the 40-mile Ruby Crest Trail in one day, biking Winnemucca’s Bloody Shins Trail and rock climbing Red Rock Canyon outside of Las Vegas. Boundary Peak is part of the White Mountains, which are mostly in California. They are the driest range in the United States.

“Popping champagne on Nevada’s highest peak was a perfect way to wrap up the 10-day Nevada 10-in-10 challenge,” said team member K.M. Cannon, a photographer at the Las Vegas Review-Journal and former Appeal employee.

“I’m delighted to be a small part of the history achieved by the ‘fab four’ completing the Nevada 10-in-10 Challenge,” said Appeal outdoors writer and the team’s designated driver, Don Quilici.

The climbers set off in Cannon’s Jeep to find the trailhead Wednesday morning after dealing with RV breakdowns on Tuesday afternoon.

“When we saw the Jeep with the awesome foursome come in tonight — it was a sweet victory,” said Elaine Quilici, the team’s cook.

The 115-degree temperatures in Lathrop Wells outside of the Nevada Test Site near Amargosa Big Dunes overheated the team’s RV on Tuesday, causing a four-hour delay. Other hardships overcome by the team included a flat tire outside of Baker near Wheeler Peak National Park, a broken bicycle fork on the Tahoe Rim Trail, failure of the RV’s air conditioner unit in the 111-degree heat on Amargosa Farm Road, a 57-mile day on the Tahoe Rim Trail and the frustrating slide of sand while trying to climb both Sand Mountain and Amargosa Big Dune.

On the bright side, the team enjoyed fine dining for every meal provided by Elaine Quilici.

“Tonight I had the best steak of my life,” said team member and Stateline resident Karl Horeis after the celebratory dinner in Dyer upon finishing the final challenge.

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