Post by bennephew on Sept 11, 2014 22:56:41 GMT -5
The Mahoosuc Traverse is a rugged 31 mile section of the Appalachian Trail from Grafton Notch in Maine to Gorham,NH. The trail is remote, includes almost 11k of climb, and is almost all technical singletrack. The Mahoosuc notch is known as the hardest single mile of the AT. The FKT route, as established in the early 1900's, stays on the Mahoosuc trail to Hogan road in Gorham and then continues for a mile on dirt roads to the parking area on route 16. The historical route was 29 miles due to a more direct trail up Old Speck mountain in Grafton Notch.
In 1927, Bob Monahan completed the route in 10:27.
That time stood until 1958, when Chris Goetze ran 8:06:30.
On September 7th, 2014, Ryan Welts and I ran 7:45:17.
I ran the Mahoosuc Traverse, same route variation as Ben and Ryan, in 7:44:41, just a little over 30 seconds faster.
I spent most of the day on the bubble with a 1 minute lead at the summit of Old Speck, 2 minute lead at Speck Pond, pretty much dead even on Fuller Mountain and Goose Eye Peak, 1 minute behind at the ME/NH state line, 2 minutes behind at Gentian Pond, 1 minute behind on the summit of Mount Cascade, and 1 minute behind on the summit of Hayes Peak. I wasn't sure I'd break their time until the last 100 meters, it was that close.