Just saw this and I could be really jazzed about it. I love GCNP trips, did BA-River-BA with my 11-year-old last summer, have done a few other trips to the River this century and more Rim-River-Rims (plus a R2R2R) back in the last century.
April is a GREAT time to dodge "mud season" in Alaska and a wonderful motivater for training all winter.
Meeting and hiking with some of you whackos would be cool, too.
But I'm a hiker, not a runner - at least for the last few decades. I've run/walked the NK-River-NK when I was half my age.
>"This will be done in the fashion of a run/hike and will likely be a 12-16 hour day"
So is the approach to run down, run the flattish parts and hike the uphills? If so, maybe there's a play where I leave (as I often do) at 2 am with a headlamp and you runner types catch up with me somewhere on the NK.
Or maybe I just suck it up and get some running in this winter. Hiking only, R2R2R was 19 hours years ago (that last 5,000' up was brutal) and I'm in much better shape now so maybe jogging some of it isn't that far off my normal game - hiking only, I'd now expect 16 hours. Definitely time for screws in the shoes if I'm running the snowy forest trails this winter.
And do you imagine this as a group of 6-8 running/hiking together? Or groups of 2-3 pairing off by their preferred speeds?
Thanks! -David Thomas Kenai, Alaska