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High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Sep 10, 2018 - 10:03am PT
I think it was running those trails that kept me sane and alive through the whole time I lived there. -Ghost

I think I can relate, also from long ago.

Your Powell River looks like an interesting place...,_British_Columbia

Sunshine Coast Trail. Looks cool. Will check out later.

So many venues in this wonder we call life. :)

Sometimes as needed I recall my basic energy physics 101... Whether we blaze from point A to point B or muddle through (trudge), we burn the same calories. (Helpful sometimes when your goal is just burning calories.)

A long way from where I started
Sep 11, 2018 - 11:41am PT
Your Powell River looks like an interesting place...

It is. Trail running, mountain biking, sea kayaking, fishing... It's all there. And it's even more interesting if you are a climber. Everything from seaside bouldering to huge walls.

How huge? Last year a couple of local climbers put up a new route in the nearby Daniels River Valley. 1,565 meters of granite climbing. (That's well over 5,000 feet for the Americans here on ST.) Story of that is here:

And then there's the Eldred River Valley, which has been the subject of several threads here. Five granite walls of roughly Squamish Chief size.

Okay, this thread now has climbing content, so I'll shut up.

Edit: And I see Mooch added some beer content, so, for him, I should add that Powell River is home to a terrific brewpub -- with a Belgian brewmaster.

Mountain climber
Sep 14, 2018 - 11:04am PT
Looks like Aurelien Sanchez is on track to beat Andy Bentz's unsupported JMT FKT. He tried last year and bailed. He tried again starting around 10:00 on Aug 31 and bailed at Tuolumne on Sept 3 at 17:30 due to lack of sleep. A week later on Sept 11 at 9:54:30 he was at it again. If he can manage to keep his current pace he's on track to finish in 76 hours, give or take - around 7 hours faster than Andy's 82H 59M time.

Mountain climber
golden, rollin hills of California
Sep 14, 2018 - 04:22pm PT
1st attempt:


Thank you very much for following, this give me a lot, I truly appreciate your interest about my attempt, and this motivates me even more to give it another try next time.

I have posted my report on my facebook:

He's finished with new record: 2nd part of this thread:

76 hrs 20 minutes 30 sec


Indian running legends:

In 1886, a Panta-cha messenger was reported to have taken less than twenty-four hours to cover nearly 200-miles from Fort Mohave to the Mohave reservation and back.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Sep 14, 2018 - 11:14pm PT
In the 200+ mile distances (John Muir Trail, Tahoe 200), performance under sleep deprivation is a big factor.

In the 100- mile distances (Western States, Hardrock 100, UTMB, Wonderland Trail), the top athletes can do them without sleep deprivation, so they are more about athletic endurance and efficiency.

So I think for the JMT, it would be good to have separate FKTs for one or two segments that are close to 100 miles.
A good division might be:

JMT South:
Whitney Portal to Florence Lake Junction, about 116 miles according to Leor Pantilat's splits.

JMT North:
Florence Lake Junction to Yosemite Valley; about 104 miles.

The beginning and end points of the JMT are arbitrary anyway....
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Sep 15, 2018 - 08:41am PT
Good point, Clint.

This is the runner I was hoping to see in the Tahoe200 vying with Courtney...

Kelly Wolf, winner of the Lavarado Ultra 2018 in Italy.

I guess it means, in this day and age esp, you just can't have it all... a dozen or more races every month. (Like podcasts, lol!)

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Riverkern Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 26, 2018 - 07:18am PT
Not going for any kind of record but I'm planning on running the JMT (south to north) next year. Hoping to pull it off in 5 days.

climber a single wide......
Sep 26, 2018 - 09:16am PT
Mooch.. unsupported?

If you need aid, I could be talked into hiking over Kearsarge Pass with beverage, grub and kit.

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Riverkern Annex)
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 26, 2018 - 11:09am PT
Now that's an offer that can't be refused! I was going to go in a few days prior and stash grub at Glen Pass Lake. I'll hit you up as things get closer next year. Next cache' after that would be at Muir Trail Ranch, Reds Meadow then Tuolumne CG.
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Sep 29, 2018 - 11:30am PT
2018 Spartan World Championship...

Awesome. Top finishers, both boys and girls, pretty impressive.
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