Jul 23, 2009 at 8:39 pm #1238011
Last year I hiked the JMT with the intent to finish the trail as a fastpack. Things went mostly well and I finished in a little over five days. I learned many things about distance trail running, all of it the hard way. Now I want to put it all together and go for the record that Michael Popov set in 2007, 4d 5h 25m. This is from the summit of Mt Whitney to Happy Isles, which are the true ends of the JMT. My run will start on August 2 if the weather is right. This next week my family and I will do a short backpack trip out of Horseshoe Meadow. Time to catch some Golden Trout. We also want to see the Bristlecone Pine Forest, which I have never been to. Last month we camped at the Tall Trees Grove in Redwoods NP, so we saw the tallest trees, and now we will see the oldest. After a week and a half above ten-thousand feet I should be ready to go. This year my pack will be 6 lbs lighter at 12lbs (5lbs base). I have also made many improvements to my gear and my plan. I am hoping everything goes well, but there is an infinite number of problems that could end my attempt at the record. I hope to see some of the people that have announced their JMT trips for this summer. I am leaving early tomorrow, so I can't respond to posts until I get Back at which time I will post a report.
Thanks to everyoneJul 23, 2009 at 9:20 pm #1516100
Mark McLauchlinBPL Member
@markmclauchlinLocale: Western Australia
Awesome, will be waiting to see the official time.
Good luckJul 23, 2009 at 9:39 pm #1516104
W I S N E R !BPL Member
Go rock it, good luck to you.Jul 23, 2009 at 11:00 pm #1516116
Art …BPL Member
Good Luck MarkJul 24, 2009 at 1:27 am #1516123
@cfigueroaLocale: Santa Cruz Area
Go Mark, go Mark! I look forward to reading about your breaking of this record. Good luck.Jul 24, 2009 at 3:53 am #1516132
Steven EvansBPL Member
…and here I am wondering if I could do it in 10 days..:)
Best of luck…Can't wait to read about this!Jul 27, 2009 at 6:45 pm #1516897
Aaron SorensenBPL Member
@awsorensenLocale: South of Forester Pass
Michael was blazzing fast on that attempt!Jul 27, 2009 at 7:26 pm #1516902
@mpopovLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Best of luck, Mark!!
Watch out for that weird homeless guy with a bloody ice ax, somewhere around Red Cones near Reds Meadow…
I will be starting my supported attempt, trying to get the trail done in 3 days 6 hours. The crew is anxious to go and ready ro rock and roll. I'll be staying at Trail Camp this week, Thursday thru Sunday, look for an orange Hubba with a string of tibetan flags attached to it. Monday I'm coming down to the Portal and will start Monday night at midnight, on Aug 4.
This is awesome. I'll try and catch up with you. Unless you want to wait a couple of days and start together. Good luck and smooth sailing!
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.