Post by Ryan Ghelfi on Jul 9, 2015 11:13:22 GMT -5
Ryan Matz and Myself broke the unsupported speed record for the timberline trail yesterday! Our official time is 7:29:56. We had three watches running including one GPS which miraculously lasted the whole time. Data here in this link. www.strava.com/activities/342390224
Started from the Top of Spur Trail on the Northwest side of the mountain and hiked up the 1/2 mile to where this trail joins with the Timberline Trail. We chose to start here so that we could get most of the climbing done earlier in the run and have some downhill to finish. It ended up being a good choice I thought. We were moving really quite well early on, took a bit of extra time going the wrong way crossing the Sandy River (about 5 min) But we put that mistake behind us and moved really well up to Timberline Lodge. We were still moving well all the way through Meadows, but a bit after Meadows before Newton Creek I thought we had taken a wrong turn. We pulled out the map and all too quickly decided to go back. After going back about 1/2 mile we realized we had not yet made a wrong turn and were still on the right trail so we turned back around. (Rough). We were a bit demoralized, and had a rough climb up Lamberson, mostly me. Moved really slow. Once we crested Lamberson I rallied and we had to push pretty hard the rest of the way in. (I went and did the Eliot Crossing 2 days before we ran so we nailed that part).
There was some major cramping those last 10 miles, and two of those rivers were pretty scary massive, but we forged ahead. it took a waddle of a kick to get under 7:30, but we just barely got it! We are both excited to go back and try to really nail this thing!
Post by Tyler Green on Sept 26, 2015 21:34:31 GMT -5
This is my favorite trail, and the one that really Pulled me into ultra running. Last year I completed it in 9:31 and ever since I've been dreaming of giving it another go, this time as a speed attempt. I'll leave tomorrow morning hopefully just before sunrise at 6:45. Considered starting at top spur, but the traditional Timberline lodge start and finish seems most appropriate.
Post by Tyler Green on Sept 27, 2015 22:21:14 GMT -5
Just barely got under Matz and Ghelfi's record today, stopping the clock in 7:28:15, unsupported on a day with nearly perfect conditions. GPS data here: www.strava.com/activities/401822256
Physically this was a brutal day. Whether it was me or the nature of the trail, I never found a rhythm and struggled for the final 20 miles, flirting with giving it up due to knee pain. Still, I was invested so continued on, watching the clock and constantly calculating whether it was doable. In fact, I never really did stop calculating until the final meters since it was so close to the previous record! Started and finished at Timberline Lodge. Also had a mishap (just like last year!) around Newton Creek. Someone is going to hit this trail just right and take a big chunk out of the record soon. Such a privilege to get out there and enjoy this trail.
I just figured that this thread could use an update. Construction of the Eliot Crossing was completed around August 2016. A 1.4 mile detour was constructed, although I don't believe that the trail is now 1.4 miles longer.
It appears that Google maps have been updated with the new route, so I used route mapping software to calculate that the new route (as far as I can tell from my computer at home) adds 0.50 miles to the trail. The reroute also adds about 400 feet of climbing to the trail, as you will now head down hill to the north before climbing back up.
I'll be running the trail in a few weeks (not as an FKT attempt) and if anything I posted today was incorrect I will add the fix.