Post by brennenwysong on May 24, 2015 15:41:47 GMT -5
Great run, Ryan! And you set the bar high. I'd love to see some others attempt a FKT on the SBM. 22-plus miles of very tough trail--and perhaps deceiving if you look at the elevation. Although the Bear Mountain end has much of the climbing, the southern end is littered with rocks to slow the pace. At least that was my experience yesterday. Far off FKT, but that's about as good as it gets for me. 6:31, give or take a few seconds.
This trail is in my back yard and has been a source of both joy and misery.
The fastest know time that I know of was set in early 1980's by Paul Bennett (solo) in just over 5 hours (5hrs and 8 minutes I believe), Starting at the Suffern train station platform and ending on the summit of Bear Mountain (South to North) in the summer with 90 degree temps. He had one water stop at the bottom of 'Tom Jones Mountain'. He was training for the World Orienteering Championships as a member of the US-Team and was one of the fastest people in the country at the time.
My personal best time is 5Hrs 22 minutes solo following Paul's original route by ending on the summit of Bear Mountain back in 2005. This weekend I'm going to try and break the 5 hour's (Yikes!) as a training run for a 71 mile solo run for the 'Long Path' section from the GWB to Woodbury Common later this summer.
I've also run Suffern - Bear Mountain - Suffern in 12 hours 38 minutes. The first half was solo, and the second half with a friend. That was rough. My first half was 5 hrs 28 min, then I bonked three quarters of the way through the second half.
Wow anyone that can complete that trail in 5:30 or less is doing good! I was with Elizabeth Azze and about 5 others in the Mountain Peak Fitness Adventure Club group that did it this past Sunday. We took it really easy and had no thought of trying to push ourselves to go fast, but that doesn't mean I could have done anything close to 5:30.
Hey Irish_Mountain_Man, that 71 mile solo run from the GWB to Woodbury Commons sounds pretty cool! Have you done it before? If you want company let me know!
I would love to learn more about Paul Bennett and this possible stopping point on top of bear mtn! Ben's north to south effort is seriously impressive, but it might be fun to formalize the south to north FKT. So far I am finding a ton of "paul bennett" stuff online on like Hudson Valley mountaineering archives, but nothing about this specific 5:08 time. I dont suppose anyone has any other leads?