Well here is my nickel from someone who made an attempt at the Unsupported Record.
The John muir Trail is from Yosemite to Whitney.
since we agree with that, here are some current stipulations.
Since the ultra running crowd deemed it necessary to start at the portal, a change hasn't been made due to the fact you made about the time that could be gained when you didn't have to gain 6,000' before you started.
When and if everything settles and Michael Popov "If" he has both records would like to propose that the clock gets started for both at the summit of Whitney.
However, since it is not fair that he had to make that extra effort to get to the top, he would like the chance to break his own record the next year from the time at the top and starting from the top and have that be the "Official Record".
If it it proposed and agreed upon, then I'm sure others could go for the record next year before him starting the time from the top.
If they were to beat his time from the top and he was not able to beat there’s, then that person would have the record.
Yes, it is a lot to digest.
I hate when people think that any 125 mile a week runner can do this and break the record easily.
It is a whole new game when you get into day 3 without much sleep. You can be a top 1% runner and it doesn't make any difference until you do it.
You also have to like this crazy stuff we do.
I am not fast and Trail running 50k's to 100 milers is not my cup of tea.
However, I can go head to head with the best multiday runners in the world on a course I like and do very well because the battle is what it is all about for me.
Primal Quest for 10 days and 17 hours of sleep, heck yeah.
3rd place at Across the Years 72 hours race with 233 miles, (beating Michael Popov) now we're talking.
The closest thing to the above are these multi-day records.
Since I am not well built and hate the weight, it hasn't been good to me.
I am 0 and 2 with my record attempts, (JMT Unsupported in 2007 and TRT Unsupported this year).
Then again, Michal can just blow me away with a 15 pound pack on.
I will keep trying because it is just what I like to do.
I like the fact that you just want to see what you've got and get the best time "YOU" can.
That is really what it is all about.
even though there is a record out there, it may never belong to me, but it is just what I like to do.
I will be out there crewing and pacing Michael Popov.
He is starting Monday night, or (really the 4th Tuesday at 12:00am).
This means he will be done on Friday.
I will be seeing him at the end of day 2 on Wednesday night.
I hope you are able to update the time by then.
I am sure he would really like to know what happens with you.
Best of luck out there.
He was really moving during his Unsupported Record Attempt.
I passed him into the first night just before Glen Pass and once he passed me back, I never even caught a glimpse of him again.
What ever you do, be happy that you made the effort to do it. The trail will still be there. It still lingers over me, and I can still hear the call.