To celebrate the beauty available in our (figurative) backyards, and take advantage of the long days, my fellow 50-something friend Gordon Wright and I intend to summit five of the highest peaks in Marin County, California, where we live. We will do this in one continuous, self-supported push, starting in Mill Valley -- we'll get Mt. Tamalpais out of the way first -- and finishing atop Big Rock Ridge in Novato. Looks to be around 28 miles. We will chronicle our adventure with Strava data, pictures and short videos; and possibly emails from confused and uncomprehending witnesses we meet along the way.
We would like to announce our intentions in advance. Andrew Ewing and Jim Atkinson will be pursuing a fully self supported attempt at the Marin High 5 FKT, running the five highest peaks in Marin County. The following peaks are the highest in Marin County according to www.summitpost.org/marin-county-mountains-ridges-and-hills/826882. The Peaks are: Mt. Tamalpais (All 3 Peaks just cuz), Bolinas Ridge, Pine Mountain, Loma Alta, and Big Rock Ridge. The route we created is approximately 48 miles long and approximately 10,420 feet elevation gain. We will be an open book and invite anyone who would like to come and watch. We will be attempting the Marin High 5 FKT on the morning of Sunday October 29, 2017 starting in Mill Valley at the Depot on the corner of Throckmorton Ave. and Bernard St. at approximately 0600 hours. We will be finishing this route in Novato at the intersection of Alameda del Prado and Nave Dr. We will be recording the event using our Garmin GPS devices and posting to Strava. The photos we take along the way will have our location and time stamp of picture.
Post by jimatkinson on Oct 29, 2017 21:35:53 GMT -5
On 10-29-2017 Jim Atkinson and Andrew Ewing completed the FKT of the Marin High 5. We started the route in Mill Valley at approximately 0617 hours and finished in Novato with a time of 11 hours, 4 minutes, 57 seconds. The Peaks in order of our route are the following: Mt. Tamalpais (All 3 Peaks just cuz), Bolinas Ridge, Pine Mountain, Loma Alta, and Big Rock Ridge. The recorded distance was 50.7 miles with total elevation gain of 11,240 feet. We did a short out and back to check out Kent Lake. The additional out and back mileage is not part of the FKT route however, we used it for our time and mileage. We used two water drops that were dropped the night before the run. We carried all of our nutrition while running.