You're right Jeff. If I succeed, I'm gonna find a name for this "nearly double Presi traverse". Going down to the road and back up would be too long for me in winter. The good weather window will be pass by the time I will be exposed again on the ridge. That's the plan...
anyone have any ideas on what the snow situation's looking like up there in a couple weeks? i'm visiting home in NH from utah for the first time in a few years and would love to give this a go. don't think i've quite got the endurance built up for an FKT of this length yet, but 6-7 hours seems pretty doable if the weather's good. who knows though, maybe the elevation drop would give me a chance!
nice, we've still got 5+ feet of snowpack higher in the mountains out here so a little snow is no deterrent. i guess tux is still going, wish i could bring the skis. got a photo of washington from my dad that looked reasonably clear, probably try to get it done early next week on a day when the weather's looking OK.
clearing out nicely up there, solid day out for the first time in the whites in years. ended up skipping a couple of the last summits due to some weather moving in, came to 18.08 miles in 5:48:23. not gonna get a chance to shave any time off but it was fun!
It is my intention to attempt a FKT on the Presidential Traverse in August. The dates I am looking at are either the 13th or 14th (depending on some transportation logistics). I will be going North to South.
jwellford, How did you fare. I was the guy riding the shuttle over with you and am very curious how you did. Seemed awfully warm to me and I wonder if that didn't hinder your hydration. I finished 10:30 monday morning (Webster Cliff Trailhead). 48 hours compared to 5 hours. Insane. I overshot Mt.Clay so I dropped my pack and doubled back. I couldn't believe how fast I knocked it out but anything less than 10 hours for the whole traverse is amazing. You've definitely inspired me to run a local trail called the Narragansett Trail (20.6 miles).
I took the same route as usual, with a couple minor wrong turns that each added a little bit of distance (went down to Edmands Col after Adams instead of taking the small shortcut; ended at the road to the public parking lot, Mt Clinton Rd, instead of the normal Crawford Notch Trailhead). I'll write a report on adkrunner.com soon.