Friday, September 12, 2008

Teton Circumnavigation Attempt Saturday

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i was stoked to get this message yesterday:
I first have to thank you for all of the info and inspiration that you provide through your blog. I guess you could say that I have been web stalking you for awhile. I am emailing you primarily to tell you that Evan Honeyfield, from Idaho Falls, and myself, from Pocatello, are going to have a stab at your record around the tetons. I am not really sure how the process of fastest known time really works but from what I could find out it seems like the most important part is to formally announce to the record holder your intent. We are planning on starting at the Lupine Meadows parking lot, at around 8 on sat. morning.
Thanks for throwing out the challenge,
Luke Nelson
apparently when the local paper publishes something like this, people get fired up! i think this is cool, and it's exactly what i envisioned would happen. i hope they pull it off. september is probably the best month to go for this record. cooler temps but most importantly they won't be falling into snow up to their waists. and will likely have no snow to contend with, which should make it a faster route.

i wish you guys luck - run your guts out!

ps: guys if you pull it off i'd love to post a first hand report from you on my blog.


Anonymous said...

Matt, a friend of mine recently sent me a link to your blog. I was psyched to see that you and your friends did the loop. I ran it during the summer of 2000 while on a climbing trip to the park. I started at the Jenny Lake Trailhead and ran Counter Clockwise as well. My wife and friends were climbing that day, so they picked me up at the Lupine Meadow Trailhead. I figured it was around 34 miles or so running it the way I did. I had gone into a couple of mountain shops and no one I talked to had run the loop, even with several ultrarunners in town. I was surprised! The loop just makes sense and is a great adventure. It took me 7hours and 10 minutes and I was pretty whipped. It got brutally hot that day and coming across the east side over the last 10 miles or so was nasty. It was a great run, similar to the 4 passes loop in Maroon Belles. 2 summers ago I went back to the Tetons, but this time I wasn't in good running shape. Instead of doing the loop, a friend and I did the Teton Traverse, C2C. OUCH!

If you ever find yourself in the South (Tennessee)find me and I will take you for some adventure runs around here. My favorite (and one your friend Karl will soon be on) is the AT through Smoky Mtn National Park. It's only 70 miles, but technical with lots of climbing. Stephen Taylor and I ran it last year in 20 hours and to me it felt as hard as a several 100 courses I've been on.

Jamie Dial

Hart said...

thanks for the post jamie.. and good effort rockin' the circ in 7:10. nice.

i have yet to do the teton traverse, it was under too much snow when i was there last.

if i'm ever in tennessee i'll drop you a line. thanks!

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Mark said...

Very cool on inspiring others. I am looking forward to trying this out, probably not as a run though, but a nice thru-hike.