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    @snusmumriken

    Locale: SF Bay Area

    Third time’s a charm. We’re all hoping he’ll make it.

    #1363823
    Sam Haraldson
    BPL Member

    @sharalds

    Locale: Gallatin Range

    Gets you kind of tingly thinking he’s out there right now running. He’ll be out there running and running and running all the while we’re brushing our teeth or eating dinner, or sleeping, or chatting on the phone. That’s a lot of miles to cover in such a short time. Can’t wait to hear about it from his perspective!

    #1363909
    Carol Crooker
    BPL Member

    @cmcrooker

    Locale: Desert Southwest, USA

    Go for it Al!
    We’re rooting you on!

    #1363969
    Drew Thayer
    Member

    @dthayer17

    Every morning, when the sun rises over the atlantic, I know you’re still running out there in the cold darkness. And when it sets, I know you’ve still got three more hours of radiation before more clothes go on. I wish you a trip free of friction injuries and impediments so you can unleash your stamina like you know you can. Ride, on brother. You’re in a beautiful place.

    -Drew (nephew)

    #1363971
    kevin davidson
    Member

    @kdesign

    Locale: Mythical State of Jefferson

    Hopefully, Al will beat a change of weather in progress in the Sierra. High winds, plunging nightime temps. and lowering highs. Chance of precip, including snow.

    Rats. I’m leaving for a Yosemite high country trip, mañana, too.

    #1363985
    Reed Thayer
    Member

    @ninjamaster

    Al called to say he had made the decision to hike out at 6 a.m. Friday from north of Rae Lakes. Every step was hurting due to blisters, and intestinal bugs had gotten to him. It was a 26-mile hike to the road and then there was no traffic. Finally, he got a ride to Fresno, where he spent the night in a motel. He’s now ultralight backpacking in the city, working out a way to get to his car in Yosemite Valley. He’s not going for Attempt #4, but plans on getting some more Sierra hiking in before descending to the lowlands again. I’m sure he’ll have details for you. He really enjoyed hearing me read to him your enthusiastic messages of support. Thanks to all!

    Janet

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    Reed Thayer
    Member

    @ninjamaster

    Al called to say that after running all night (he hit Forester Pass at 11 p.m.), at 6 a.m. Friday, he decided to quit the JMT and head out to the west. Blisters were making every step painful, intestinal critters were making themselves known, and he had “bonked.” However, he still had 26 miles to hike out to a road, which had virtually no traffic. Finally, he caught a ride to Fresno where he slept at a motel. He is now ultralight backpacking in the city and trying to get a ride up to Yosemite Valley to his car. He enjoyed hearing me read your enthusiastic and supportive comments over the phone. He plans to stay high while he’s still acclimated and do some short hikes if he’s able. Thanks to all,
    Janet

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    R K
    Spectator

    @oiboyroi

    Locale: South West US

    My friend was on Mt. Whitney this last Wednesday and said that he was “rained off the mountain” and came home early. I bet Al hit some of the same type of weather.

    #1364022
    Sam Haraldson
    BPL Member

    @sharalds

    Locale: Gallatin Range

    Can’t wait to hear some stories from Al. Someone from the boards must live in the Fresno area that could give Al a ride???

    #1364155
    Carol Crooker
    BPL Member

    @cmcrooker

    Locale: Desert Southwest, USA

    Alright Al,
    Let’s hear some details – but save the good stuff for the follow on article:)

    #1364330
    Al Shaver
    BPL Member

    @al_t-tude

    Locale: High Sierra and CA Central Coast

    Alas I am not wearing the victor’s laurel wreath as I do victory laps around Degnan’s Deli in Yosemite Village. Instead I am holed up at the internet cafe in Lone Pine deleting unsolicited offers to “Enlarge My Thingy”. An ignomonious end to a noble quest.

    Suffice it to say that I took on a 40 mile/day challenge with 30 mile/day feet. Advice and support from all were much appreciated, but not enough to toughen my tender tootsies.

    Carol and Cat will fill in the details with their wrap-up report.

    Thanks and Cheers to all!
    Al

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    Jeffrey Cannon
    BPL Member

    @jeffplddirect-com

    Locale: Central California

    I am quite interested in your trip as a partner and I are going to attempt a 7 day north to south trip starting Sept 2nd. We are going to have several food drops so technically we are not "unsupported". Also, we plan to sleep and eat cooked meals. We are hoping to add just enough mileage to a 30 per day schedule to get off of Whitney at a reasonable time on the 7th day. If both trips go off as planned, we should cross paths at some point.

    Based on your research, do you know if there is an "official" record for a north-south JMT thru hike? Not that we will be chomping at the bit to walk any faster, but it would be fun to know.

    Also, I notice that you live in the Santa Cruz area. We live near San Luis Obispo and would love to hook up for a training hike sometime this summer. Any interest?

    Jeff Cannon
    [email protected]

    #1390223
    Kenneth L Muller
    BPL Member

    @ken_muller

    Locale: State of Jefferson

    Buzzz,
    Sorry to say dude, but you are wrong. The Mt Whitney Trail starts at Whitney Portal and joins the JMT at the trail junction just to the west and a few hundred feet below Trail Crest. The JMT's southern terminus is the summit of Mt Whitney.The Mountaineers Route... the REAL way up to the summit!

    #1553731
    Jorge DeLaSierra
    Member

    @delasierra

    Locale: SoCal

    Al:

    Simply stated, your JMT run report was awesome. Keep up the good work and good luck to you!

    #1583732
    Jorge DeLaSierra
    Member

    @delasierra

    Locale: SoCal

    AL:

    I have a bug for conquering the useless… You and I know that no one on the other side of the trailhead will give a flying rat's tail about what a speedhiker might have accomplished in 3-5 days. But, I have to give it a go. I don't know why yet… I just have to go. Your report, as well as Brett's, Popov's and Ian's, tell me lots.

    I have been "training" since November 2009 and just recently went on a full dress rehearsal; 32.5 miles in a little over 9 hours. I have a busy training schedule for this summer and beyond. I want to give the JMT a supported "go" on 2011 and an unsupported "go" on 2012 for my 50th birthday.

    The training I am undergoing is telling me plenty about myself but, I have so much to learn in regards to nutrition and gear; not to mention I am a diabetic (type 2 –no meds) and I have to be careful not to bunk too low on sugar… Heck, the more realistic the training gets, the more I realize that a JMT record will not be possible. I went from "record" thoughts, to five day plans. I am now training for a six (6) day speedhike. It is reality hitting me and I am content it is so. Anyway, thank you for your report and I will be in touch with some questions later.

    Happy Trails!

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