Anyone else attempted a one day through hike/run on the BRT? It's 37 miles of gorgeous wilderness singletrack that meanders next to the Buffalo River with approximately 5400' of climbing. I've done it twice now. Here's my GPS data from my latest attempt 1/13/16
Wasn't really going for time, but just to do it because I love the trail and thought it would be a nice challenge. I ran as much as I could from Boxley to Kyles (5h45min according to my log) and then was joined by my dad and sister to hike out the rest of the way to Pruitt (another 6h15min). So, about 12h, and much slower than your time. I should have known better, but I can confirm that July is NOT the time to do this. I ran into seed ticks three times, and probably spent an hour of my trip picking them off.
Given that hiking the entire BRT is pretty obvious, and within a reasonable distance range for a day hike, surely other folks have done it, even if not keeping track of time.
Lately I'd been thinking this would be a fun trip to do with a round trip by canoe (about 30 river miles).
Post by speleophysics on Nov 4, 2017 22:50:47 GMT -5
My attempt was successful (barely). For all practical purposes, we have the same time, but I came in at 9h05m36s, about 6 min faster. The garmin link above will still be active for a while, but the run is also now up on Strava.
Turned out to be a lot harder than I expected. I thought I might come in around 8h30m, but it wasn't happening. Cheers to Ian, I'm sure I would have been 15-20 min slower without the knowledge of his time, which allowed me to dig deep for the last few miles.
As for style, I will note that I did stop at the available water spigots along the route (Steel Creek around mi 13, and Kyles Landing around mi 21). They are both slightly out of the way, so may add just a bit of time. They also shut down during winter, so wouldn't have been available during Ian's previous runs. Sounds like he just drank the creek water. Not excited about drinking creek water straight in that area, I took some purification tablets as a backup, in case spigots were already off or I ran out of water in between. Didn't end up needing the tablets. Good thing, there was hardly any water in the creeks.
Nice work Matthew! I guess this means I need to get off my ass and go for it again this winter - probably late December or January. I did end up drinking some creek water along the way (and luckily didn't get sick!), but next time I plan to bring some purification tablets. It will be nice have a time to beat now
Also, should we keep only considering the unsupported FKT? It would be very easy to support with there being a car accessible campground every ~5-7 miles.