Post by Peter Bakwin on Apr 6, 2011 11:11:36 GMT -5
Andy Hewat has set the FKT for the Great Dividing Track in Australia, 53h21m, during March 25-27, 2011.
The Great Dividing Trail is "a community-planned 209km public walking trail following the top of the Great Dividing Range from Bacchus Marsh to Blackwood, Daylesford, Castlemaine, Bendigo, Creswick, Ballarat and Buninyong, allows recreational walkers and tourists the time to savour central Victoria's unique combination of gold rush heritage and its natural beauty. Created by a community-owned organisation, the Great Dividing Trail Association (GDTA), the Trail links the old gold rush towns at the heart of Victoria, as well as the forests, hills and lakes, straddling the Australian Great Dividing Range." (from The Great Dividing Trail Assosication)
The GDT has 4 major segments, and the 3 major sections between Bendigo and Ballarat/Buniyong are being refered to as the Goldfields Track.
Andy Hewat reports covering the Great Dividing Trail/Goldfields Track in 53h21m, starting on Friday 25th March, 2011, at 10:54 from the northern entry point of Bendigo, and finishing at the southern most point of Mt Buningyong at 16:15 on Sunday the 27th. Hewat went solo and relied on resupplying in towns along the way (no crew). He stopped overnight at Creswick on the second night.
Am going to be hiking the goldfield track this coming weekend . 210 km from south (mt buninyong ) to north ( Bendigo ) . It will be self supported, and solo . Hoping to sneak in under 40 hours . The cold snap may mean a layover somewhere but aim is to push through no sleep . Will be carrying spot, another gps , and 2 watches for navigation and recording plus taking plenty of selfies on the way ... report back when I'm done
Pete Clarke and Peter Munns are going to attempt to set a new fkt on the Goldfields Track. We will run from north to south, starting at Bendigo station at about 8.30am on August 11th. We will carry a spot tracker and also record using motion gpx on an iPhone, tweeting our location every 30 minutes. We will have no support crew, plan to carry all of our food and stop at local shops and facilities for water.
Peter Clarke and Peter Munns from Melbourne, Victoria completed the Goldfields Track in 41:49 on Friday December 14th-Saturday 15th. We recorded 208.5kms and 4768 metres of ascent with 4263 metres of descent. We completed the trail in the North - South direction, starting at Bendigo Railway station at 5:12am and finishing on the summit of Mt Buninyong at 11:02 pm on Saturday night. We did the trail "self supported" style. We had no support crew or pacers and we stocked with water at local camping and picnic facilities and a couple of shops in towns along the way.
We recorded the route using Motion X GPX on an iphone with live tracking updating our location every 10 minutes.
We have records of the run on strava, motion X GPS, many photos and some video footage from along the way, and friends who came out to see us in the last 30kms or so including at the finish. (Thanks George M for the pizza and beer at the finish!!)
Here is the exact route we took (paste into a browser)