Post by AppFastpacker on Dec 12, 2014 17:28:59 GMT -5
Given proper experience, fitness, and gear, it would be possible. During his record breaking AT through hike (SOBO), Matt Kirk managed ~33-40 mi/day through this section. Check out the exact mileage on the page he made for the hike: sub60.wikispaces.com/About His blog also has a wealth of information on his gear and fitness preparation.
It's very possible. Although the start and end points don't mesh nicely with his camps, it seems quite likely Matt Kirk finished the section of the AT you speak of in about three days, with 2000 miles from Katahdin to Tennessee on his legs.
I will say that my very first fastpacking trip several years ago was on many of these same miles of trails, albeit in the opposite direction. I believe I got myself from my start at Deep Gap, NC (~7 miles N of Bly) to Russell Field in about 3.5 days. I carried a very light pack of homemade sewn gear but did not by any means consider myself any sort of endurance athlete at the time.
It would be a difficult 100 miles, no doubt, especially unsupported, but there are certainly more difficult 100 mile races. According to a table of elevation gain on the AT here: www.whiteblaze.net/forum/content.php/49 , this is about 28,000' of vertical gain. My expectation is that a 100-mile veteran could quite likely get this done in under 36 hours.
However quickly you are able to complete your desired course in, it is sure to be an adventure. That section of the AT is very beautiful any time of year; enjoy it out there!