Date: October 12
Time: 6:30ish AM (EDT)
Where: Hundred Mile Wilderness of the Appalachian Trail, Maine
Start: Abol Bridge
Finish: Route 15 (4 miles north of Monson)
Pacers: The Wesir, Whispering Pine
Crew: A clan of Maine-iacs who know their way around this trail better than anyone
This "run" has been several years in the making. An idea that surfaced the last time I stepped foot on this section of trail where I grew up. That was 2007, the year I got hooked on trail running and the last year I owned a pair of road shoes. Fresh off my first Pikes Peak Marathon that summer, I tackled 17 miles of the Wilderness through the rugged Chairback Range. It "only" took me five hours and still remains one of my favorite trail running memories.
In 2007, I did not know of anyone taking on the Wilderness in one non-stop push. It has just been over the past few years that the local media reported it being done in such a manner. In 2011, Ryan and Adam from New Hampshire completed it in 30 hours and 48 minutes, the current FKT (fastest known time). Adam posted a nice report here. His advice to me, "do not underestimate this". Isn't that what the sign says?
I'll be wearing a friend's SPOT tracker, so you can follow the fun here.
|Highest point of the 100-mile Wilderness (Whitecap Mt. with Ma Pine and Uncle Pine)|