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Mark Davis
(Trailster) - F

Locale: Cascades
JMT Unsupported Record Attempt on 07/23/2009 21:39:24 MDT Print View

Last year I hiked the JMT with the intent to finish the trail as a fastpack. Things went mostly well and I finished in a little over five days. I learned many things about distance trail running, all of it the hard way. Now I want to put it all together and go for the record that Michael Popov set in 2007, 4d 5h 25m. This is from the summit of Mt Whitney to Happy Isles, which are the true ends of the JMT. My run will start on August 2 if the weather is right. This next week my family and I will do a short backpack trip out of Horseshoe Meadow. Time to catch some Golden Trout. We also want to see the Bristlecone Pine Forest, which I have never been to. Last month we camped at the Tall Trees Grove in Redwoods NP, so we saw the tallest trees, and now we will see the oldest. After a week and a half above ten-thousand feet I should be ready to go. This year my pack will be 6 lbs lighter at 12lbs (5lbs base). I have also made many improvements to my gear and my plan. I am hoping everything goes well, but there is an infinite number of problems that could end my attempt at the record. I hope to see some of the people that have announced their JMT trips for this summer. I am leaving early tomorrow, so I can't respond to posts until I get Back at which time I will post a report.
Thanks to everyone

Mark McLauchlin
(markmclauchlin) - MLife

Locale: Western Australia
Re: JMT Unsupported Record Attempt on 07/23/2009 22:20:34 MDT Print View

Awesome, will be waiting to see the official time.

Good luck

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Re: JMT Unsupported Record Attempt on 07/23/2009 22:39:57 MDT Print View

Go rock it, good luck to you.

Art ...
(asandh) - F
Mark Davis - JMT Record Attempt Early August on 07/24/2009 00:00:26 MDT Print View

Good Luck Mark

Edited by asandh on 05/02/2010 23:38:30 MDT.

Carlos Figueroa
(cfigueroa) - F

Locale: Santa Cruz Area
Re: JMT Unsupported Record Attempt on 07/24/2009 02:27:27 MDT Print View

Go Mark, go Mark! I look forward to reading about your breaking of this record. Good luck.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Re: JMT Unsupported Record Attempt on 07/24/2009 04:53:55 MDT Print View

...and here I am wondering if I could do it in 10 days..:)

Best of luck...Can't wait to read about this!

Edited by Steve_Evans on 07/24/2009 04:54:38 MDT.

Aaron Sorensen
(awsorensen) - MLife

Locale: South of Forester Pass
Re: JMT Unsupported Record Attempt on 07/27/2009 19:45:25 MDT Print View

Mark,
Good luck,
Michael was blazzing fast on that attempt!

Edited by awsorensen on 07/27/2009 20:15:59 MDT.

Michael Popov
(mpopov) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Hot year for JMT on 07/27/2009 20:26:51 MDT Print View

Best of luck, Mark!!

Watch out for that weird homeless guy with a bloody ice ax, somewhere around Red Cones near Reds Meadow...

I will be starting my supported attempt, trying to get the trail done in 3 days 6 hours. The crew is anxious to go and ready ro rock and roll. I'll be staying at Trail Camp this week, Thursday thru Sunday, look for an orange Hubba with a string of tibetan flags attached to it. Monday I'm coming down to the Portal and will start Monday night at midnight, on Aug 4.

This is awesome. I'll try and catch up with you. Unless you want to wait a couple of days and start together. Good luck and smooth sailing!

-Mike Popov