Ben- I would love to see the gps file. I would like to complete the loop as well, although I have no aspirations of an FKT. My email is Westhafermichael@gmail.com. Congrats on finishing! Thanks for the post.
Greetings - I went 15:07 unsupported, counterclockwise on the Georgia Loop on 1/1/15. My start/finish was Woody Gap. It was humbling and cold. The evening sleet made for a tough finish. I think I walked the last 15. At one point, I sat down on a log for 5 minutes feeling sorry for myself. I talked to Mr. Schick afterwards - I strongly concur, his time is very stout. I was not all out on my run, but I also wasn't going to touch 12 or even 13 if I had gone all out.
First - if anyone wants my Garmin track for planning purposes, I am happy to share. It has the exact elevations and every mile split. I also used a set of Boy Scout troop maps that I found online for the route. The notes are incredibly detailed and I am happy to share all of that detail if it is no longer online. I think that in those notes the miles are off a little. My Garmin came in at 57.24 miles and 15,797' of elevation gain.
Second - If anyone wants a compadre to go out there and try to improve on the times for either this or the Georgia AT, let me know. I am always in. Let me know.
I think that I own the unsupported Georgia Loop time with a 15:07:29. If anyone wants to go after it together, I am always in. The 15 hour time is definitely beatable. Beating Mr. Schick's 12 hour time... not so much.
Garmin seems to be erroring out on the GPX file export. The FIT file export worked and is attached. I think that works with most devices.
Completed a solo GA loop (supported) Thursday, March 15th in 13h15m. As far as I know, this is the second fastest time next to Richard Schick's FKT. I had a great day with awesome weather. It was probably in the upper 20's when I started at 4:02 AM from Woody Gap and probably never got above the low 60's. I went CCW and finished at 5:17 PM. In retrospect, I probably could have gone a little faster had I started later in the morning running from 6 AM to sunrise, as opposed to 4 AM to sunrise. I started so early because I had no real expectations and was just looking to get it done and allow myself plenty of daylight incase things went awry.
Richard's time is stout especially thinking about the condition of the trails post '93 blizzard.