Instead of setting up my tent, I took the risk. My pace quickened across the open expanse and I finally crossed Spring Creek Pass. 9d12h32m (E-W) The first speed record on the Colorado Trail happened in 1988, almost immediately after the trail was completed -- so soon that the route was hard to follow in many spots. After 16 hours of pushing on day five, Williams was bonking hard, uncontrollably sobbing, seeing faces in the rocks of the endless talus fields; he was ready to give up, to call it quits. A University of New Mexico graduate student has shattered the fastest known time for a self-supported hike by a female on the 485-mile Colorado Trail. I was out of water, but as I walked through a fire station that I knew gave out water I put any thought of using a man made source out of my mind. In every direction, it felt as though I were on top of the world. Depending on pacing in the dark to make up miles wouldn’t be so easy though. I couldn’t handle the heat without electrolytes or food. Not only was he impressed I knew the mascot of LSU, but he also couldn’t wrap his mind around the idea of backpacking for 500 miles. The last time I spent any amount of time in Colorado was when I lived in Denver after college. Once I reach zero it’s go time. As night came, the people on the trail turned to tents I saw pitched along the way. I exited the meadow and eventually the wilderness, only to begin the longest night of my hiking life. The solo, unsupported ride consisted of 140-miles of dirt roads and singletrack from Moab, Utah to Loma, Colorado. It would have been an awesome strategy had it worked, but it only seemed to make me more tired as my body attempted to digest the heavy peanut butter. I turned right onto the Collegiate East section and quickly dropped down Fooses Creek. It began to stick on the ground as I crossed over multiple logging roads. Upon waking up, I knew the beginning of my day would be tame, so my pace was fast. The terrain would transition from the gentle pine-needle covered trail of yesterday afternoon to multiple climbs and descents. First I passed trailheads leading to the top of Colorado: Mt. My eyes were on Kenosha Pass. The first five days had provided every type of weather, and I hoped the sunshine would soon appear. By the time I replenished my water at the river and began climbing back out, my mind had drastically built up the physical challenge that lay before me. I could not increase that already daunting mileage in this unsupported style. I would not help them locate me on the trail, or have any idea about their timing and plans. All of that was thrown out after the first day.”. For days I had constructed the point in my mind as when I could really throw caution to the wind. It was worthy of a picture and a few moments of observance. I planned to both ration food and be without for the last day. Either the sound wasn’t loud enough or I moved just enough in my sleep to muffle the disturbance. “I had been through the darkest spot, and now to wake up in Winfield and know I was safe, alive, it was a turning point.”. With new found resolve I crossed Clear Creek on a bridge, walked by all the loud RVs with generators running, and ascended up to the top of another mesa. It was over. The Colorado Trail Race is on for 2021 The grand depart for the self-timed, self-supported, ultra-endurance bikepacking race is July 25, 2021 in Durango, Colorado. The trail seemed perfectly graded and the intermittent rain showers cooled me down as I climbed straight into the San Juans. The fear that I had ruined my FKT attempt fueled my legs. I would not have the luxury. When I was clad in all my layers, I stuffed the frozen sleeping bag and tarp in the outside mesh of my bag and started slogging up the ridge. Only a couple days ago it had been snowing on me. I hobbled downhill as quickly as I could until I hit my arbitrary goal, where I quickly set up my tent (for fear of rain) and passed out like a rock. I spent the morning dodging the bikes all the way to Highway 91. Then, that night they stopped 7 miles short of their goal. The 14,000 foot peaks provided both a goal and 58 individual challenges. It is still one the things that amazes me most about my past. The trail meandered along the spine, sometimes connected only by a thin edge winding around the next curve of the montains. After all, the 2016 unsupported record holder, John Z, had made an amazing video about his attempt. Waterton Canyon was hot and heat glistened off the gravel. It reminded me of my FKT on Cerro Chirripo in Costa Rica. The scenery is dark, with only a faint moonlight and my mind has not fully snapped to attention. A couple ascents and descents and then the smooth coast into Waterton Canyon. The effects of the Colorado Trail were adding up, and I could tell it would be all about hanging on from here. The climb began, and also the anxiety of wondering if I could make it through the rest of this trail. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of Colorado Trail on Discogs. It was a unique style and one that had already surpassed the Long Trail in the length that my mind worked within itself. Despite the effort of the climb, it was so cold I used my last remaining item of warmth—plastic overmitts—to keep my fingers from turning white. I spent my first summer in the Mile High City climbing all 58 14ers in the state. After a healthy dose of zoning out, the day hikers returned near the Timberline Lake Trailhead and a climb awaited. They roamed around me, taking on their shape through the bright moonlight. I quickly moved on and entered Lost Creek Wilderness. Ultrarunner Bryan Williams, who is the general manager of AOV Inc. in Boulder, set the supported record for the 490-mile Colorado Trail with the fastest known time of … . I saw multiple hikers in this area and it seemed the tale of the man wearing a tiger sweatshirt had traveled. My body just wanted to sit and snack, but I only allowed the thought to manifest once. Massive I spent miles reflecting on Nolan’s 14 and piecing together the unique series of events that led me to specifically be in this situation. The emotions were intense and the challenges both internal and external were not what I expected but exactly the type I had hoped for. I had finished my hike at 2:43pm for a final time of 9 days, 8 hours, and 18 minutes. No period of rest exceeded 40 minutes, but it took three down periods to combat the nighttime figures my mind was creating. My pace jumped to 4 miles per hour, which in most cases would be unsustainable for hours on end with a heavy pack. The mystery rages on. I saw multiple hikers heading southbound on their way up to the high point while I dropped down to the open grassland plateau that seemed to stretch forever. I so badly wanted to make it to Twin Lakes, but being many hours short, I put any planning out of my mind. I was completely out of food. I knew the fun part of this FKT had begun. Around 4am I was woken by a slight rain and quickly packed up. My sleeping bag was just thrown out under the stars and I passed out. This is the area of Colorado’s two most prominent peaks—the two tallest 14ers in the state took up most of the day. It was the perfect excuse to take a minute and we began to converse. In the early afternoon, I entered the Weminuche Wilderness and the true elevation of the day began. I ran out of water too far before Highway 9 and the final mile was defined by a sandpaper tongue and unquenchable thirst. I tried headphones and loud music, but that only frustrated me. Other aspiring CT thru hikers warned me of the climb and it only heightened my dread. The last of the light faded on the final climb. Welcome to the Trail . The precipitation slammed my face and soaked through my rain gear. Four days before my first and only ultramarathon, I had a wave of anxiety and decided I needed to run the entire Tenmile Range to make sure my body could handle the elevation and abuse of the upcoming 50k race. After one tiny bite my stomach turned and I began dry heaving. Colorado native Jeff Garmire has set a new record for the fastest time ever to complete an unsupported hike along the Colorado Trail. I now would take two naps per night instead of one longer period of sleep. I didn’t make it to my goal but left it for the morning. . “By the second day we had lost serious time, we ran out of water, we were seriously dehydrated, and just falling behind,” Willams said. It was a night of watching stumps come to life, trees staring intently, and the pulsing of nature with each gust of wind. The climb was relatively gentle, but the heat was drastically different from the cool weather and precipitation of the last two days. I arrived at the trailhead, turned the corner down a short gravel path and put my hand on the trailhead sign. Nature glistened with a glaze of fiction and there were cracks in the picture that traveled from my eyes to my brain. Everything felt good on the morning of the second day. “I remember the first day when I could run all the way around the block, that was the coolest thing for me,” he said. Added new Tour Divide records, both male and female, from the 2015 event. I would not be drinking again until the South Platte River. But starting early on the morning of Aug. 26, Williams and his friend Eric Truhe set off to try and run the trail in under 8 days and 7 hours, the previous fastest known time record set by ultrarunner Scott Jaime in 2013. Indeed, his organization has issued more than 500 certificates for finishers of the 485-mile trail. I strode down the hill, quickly losing all the altitude I had worked so hard to gain. It was a beautiful sight, with just enough cloud cover to offer texture to the sky, and allow the sun to perfectly reflect off the river and the surrounding peaks. I could listen peacefully to nature and subject my mind to growing figments of my imagination. At roughly 9 years old I can only imagine how bored she was of the same continuous view. Garmire, 28, crossed the finish line the next day in 9 days, 8 hours and 18 minutes, breaking the trail record by about five hours. All motivation had to come from within, and I would not be calling out for the support from family or friends. It was a smooth trail, well groomed with continual use close to civilization. My body was closing in on its limit. My mistake was allowing myself to think it would be a clear night. I met new hikers and recognized others out on the Collegiate Loop from past thru hikes. It was a gentle trail and a nice reprieve from the bustling traffic even in the early morning along the roads. My feet were starting to struggle and I finally sat down and popped a giant blister with a pine needle. The mountain is the last in a chain that are often connected as both public and personal challenges. With my current route, I was already expected to do over 50 miles per day with 10k feet of elevation gain. The solo unsupported style amplifies mistakes and provides few opportunities to either make up time or right a sinking ship. The elevation was behind me for the morning. I was up and moving before 4 am and I finished the climb up to Kokomo Pass and immediately felt the 12,000’ altitude that had been absent for the last segment. It was a scary place to be, with how quickly clouds flashed overhead. The transition had begun. Thru-Hiker Smashes Record on Colorado Trail Spencer Cox | August 19, 2020 Backcountry. “The only thing I have control over, I kept thinking, was eating and moving, so I started eating and eating, taking time at the creek crossings to cool down, and just really appreciating where I was, my crew, my daughter, my girlfriend,” he recalled. It was a long climb. It was indeed mindless. Half a mile from the top, a tourist from Louisiana was leaning on his poles. It is like losing a relationship you tried so hard to maintain. More plateau grassland awaited at 12,000’ but I had to coax my tired legs to carry me there. The giant bright moon sat just above the opposite ridge, and lit up the landscape more completely than my headlamp could. I was fueled by fear. As I neared the South Cottonwood Trailhead I instantly flashed back to Nolans 14—the route uses the trail for a bit to climb up to Mt. Despite the awful morning weather, this was the daily moment where I knew I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else or doing this any other way. He is a regular contributor to several running publications, and is co-author of the forthcoming book "Best Trail Runs: Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs" (Falcon Guides, 2017), 8 Record-Setting Days on the Colorado Trail, The Colorado Trail high in the San Juan Mountains on day, The intersection of 390A out of Winfield and the Colorado, Bryan (in front) being paced by previous CT record holder, Early morning on the third day atop Carson Pass, the highest. I donned a rain skirt and cinched my rain jacket tight. That's up from the previous record summer in 2017, when 406 certificates were doled out. From the high point came the open plateau. I overslept by two hours. I had pre-packed all of my food. It reminded me of the summer of 2015 where I had spent my weekends climbing every 14,000’ peak in Colorado. Their search was for flowing downhill, and after the first ridge, most of them seemed to be content turning their bike and enjoying the ride back down. 485 unsupported miles is a challenge that goes beyond the pace and timing of breaking an FKT. Colorado Trail Info: For the most part, the Colorado Trail is very well marked. Bikes again commandeered the trail all the way up to the first ridge. I took multiple breaks on the 3,600’ climb up to 12,400’. It was frustrating, especially in the intermittent periods of rain that came and went as quickly as I could pull on my rain gear. It was soon nothing more than a socked-in ridge which was reminiscent of growing up in the Pacific Northwest. Water was scarce but in the cool morning temperatures, I felt little need for it. I followed the road to the turnoff and climbed back into the hills of the San Juan Mountains. Not only would we be complying with the definition of unsupported, but we would take it even further. My legs grew tired and my heart rate skyrocketed. I crossed Chalk Creek Trailhead and began the long road walk by Princeton Hot Springs. “Well, I know I’m capable of that, so I had a 3-hour tapper and started on on the final push.”. Scott Jaime, the previous record-holder, who had been following Williams’ progress, showed up at Kenosha Pass and ran a leg with him, giving a lot of positive encouragement. The first cracks in reality appeared. Immediately pressure and liquid was released from my foot and I felt better. Breathing the dry air with a hint of smoke along with the altitude set my stomach against me. I had every intention of trying to push all the way to Twin Lakes. The weather was hot and would be so for the remainder of the record attempt. After a day in cow country, the water flowing across the trail was a welcome reprieve. The comparatively gentle climb was a mental battle. But I made it there and quickly walked the bike path to the Blue River to refill my bottles. It was time to sleep for a few hours in the brutal cold of 12,000 feet…. Mikaela Osler’s goal was to finish the Colorado Trail in a record 14 days. “When I heard that I was really bummed; we had planned on running the trail together, and now I was alone. Princeton and finally joined a trail. I knew it was unsustainable, yet my legs kept pumping. On the groomed trails of the resort they were everywhere, with no regard for hikers. When I checked my progress in the morning I saw that it took 13 hours to cover 22 miles. My day lasted only long enough to eclipse the 100 mile mark. Each rock looked perfect to sit on, and each stream was too inviting to cool off in. “We got to Carson Pass on the second night at like 2:30 in the morning.”. Label: Frontier Records (9) - 1005,Bar D Records - 1005 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo • Country: US • Genre: Folk, World, & Country • Despite my attempts, the elusive goal kept sliding further and further away. As the time ticked by, the sky lightened, but before the payoff of the sun arrived, the clouds opened and rain fell in sheets. My mileage was where I wanted it, and I had somehow salvaged Day 4 by maintaining a fast pace on mild terrain. From the highway, the trail climbed. The evening was a reprieve from the continual battle of hauling my uncomfortably heavy pack up and down hills. A climb that took all my stamina and motivation to endure. Looking at my progress nearly made me weep. I pulled my hood on and charged forward. The adrenaline was pumping so strong that the 8.5 days of food on my back felt like nothing. I would dry the icy mess out later. Dale Garland, Dave LaFranboise, John McAward and John Wolgamott ran from Durango to Denver in about 17 days. However, The Trailside Databook is a must-have for a breakdown of each segment with mileages and elevations. It turned out to be quite a poor idea. Despite the quick pace, being a decent human came first. With the strength left in my legs, it wouldn’t necessarily be a sprint, but a mental success at arriving within a realistic distance of the end. It would signal the final segment and within a half day of joining a well-used portion of the Colorado Trail that my body could relax and lean into for more comfortable miles. Then at Tennessee Pass his coach, Cindy Stonesmith, surprised him to pace him for the day. The Colorado Trail high in the San Juan Mountains on day two. My motivation was there, but the sleep was starting to wear on me. My comfort level returned and I walked through the fog. “The mood was kind of sour.”, Things didn’t improve on day four, as they once again started on the trail late. This sleep strategy was new and my lack of energy was not a welcome obstacle so far from the finish line. But with the mistakes I made, I learned more than any other physical challenge I have ever completed. I had set my alarms for a time when it was still pitch black, and the light was a very bad sign. For days I had been eating enough food that my pack weight was light. Every thirty minutes I had to sit and rest. But soon I was on a gravel road at 9,500’ and heading toward Highway 50 at a pace that made me forget the divide. New posts will not be retrieved. From that trailhead, the trail parallels the road up to Avalanche Trailhead. This endeavor almost felt too easy. Touching the Waterton Canyon sign, the unofficial finish point, Williams completed the Colorado Trail in 8 days, 30 minutes on September 3, 2017. Before I left my resting spot I pulled on the ultralight tights stowed in the bottom of my backpack. My knees were locking up and my muscles screamed. Resigned to the fact that a time under 9 days had slipped away, I took a short nap. The FKT movement has become increasingly popular as GPS tracking technology has become a trend to record fast individual efforts of trail runners, fastpackers and mountaineers. But as I climbed up Blackhawk Pass around Mile 46, my body began to scream “No More!” I desperately wanted (and needed) to get over 50 miles. At the top I sat down and counted down from 15. Added new Men’s Colorado Trail Race record by Jesse Jakomait. I climbed up the road around Mt. Each intersection required a glance at the map to assure I didn’t end up heading the wrong direction. Free Outside: Colorado Trail Record (FKT) Trip Report. It was strange walking through a series of houses shortly after walking across the Tenmile Range. It was not the way I wanted to walk into Gold Hill Trailhead. I wanted to avoid all emotional support, or anything that could conceivably be seen as emotional support. But first I had to get through the morning darkness and the myriad of roads that led back to the wilderness. Nine days, 8 hours and 18 minutes: That’s how quickly Jeff Garmire hiked the 486-mile Colorado Trail from Durango to Denver last week — a record time. BOZEMAN — Some people enjoy hiking in their free time by doing a few miles here and a few miles there, but one Bozeman resident broke the Colorado Trail record hiking more than 50 miles a day. The first miles of the day leave only traces in my memory. The trail first traveled through a small subdivision. Slowly after the crest, my route dropped down to Clear Creek Road. When the climb up to the Continental Divide Trail grew even steeper, all strategy and thoughts of my heart rate were forgotten. It was almost 3 years to the day since I ran the amazing route, and now I was on yet another unique challenge. A few short miles later I was back below 10,000’ at the Silver Creek Trailhead. (For much of the trail I used a watch (when battery power permitted) to monitor my heart rate and try to keep it at a sustainable level.). I enjoy the task, challenge, and mental oscillation of highs and lows, but not the physical measuring of when the challenge will be over. I hoped to experience some form of active rest while meandering along the smooth 12,000’ trail. A short climb into rattling aspen trees and I was back into the woods. It was a challenge that had never been done as part of the CDT or my even longer GWL, but I thought there was at least a sliver of hope for me completing it in under the cutoff of 60 hours. I held a meeting with the crew the day before departing, and drew some hard boundaries. Most people who set out to cover the entire Colorado Trail route take two to three weeks, carrying heavy backpacks full of gear and food. My pack was uncomfortably heavy, but my body still felt fresh. I was over 300 miles in, and it finally felt like a morning on autopilot where the target pace could be achieved. The last few moments on the high divide provided views that rivaled the San Juans. The weather was perfect, but only because the shade of the trees cooled the trail. Colorado Trail Record (FKT) Trip Report. I tried to push my legs into a jog but the pace was only controlled falling as I descended. Really, people just need to go for it!”. After deciding to sleep in an hour past their planned 5 a.m. wake-up on day three, they lost more time when Williams’ knees started to hurt really bad, especially on the descents. After Taylor Lake, I knew the trail would rise to the top of the ridge, so I needed luck on my side. Despite the amazing day in the mountains and crossing a trailless spine, my legs were sore and heavy by the time race day came along. The night was crisp, but much better than the range of weather I had experienced throughout the first 36 hours. But I had somehow never done the Colorado Trail. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is a nationally recognized leader in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management. “I gave up, and in that moment, I learned to trust others, to really trust my crew. A light rain woke me up, and I began my 2nd day in the pitch black night, well before the first hints of morning began. I ate my food at the perfect pace and was content with everything I had packed. The 14,000 foot peaks provided both a goal and 58 individual challenges. The miles that lay before me felt and the miles behind felt miniscule. My watch was set along with multiple alarms on my phone. Bryan feeling good on top of the Ten Mile Range near Breckenridge Ski Resort on day seven. Falling behind on water consumption was a dangerous game to play, and it was starting earlier than I had hoped. I stowed the rest of the bar in my pocket. A short time after the crossing I tossed my sleeping bag out on top of the soft pine needles and slept. The last ten miles of the day would be brutal, but my afternoon would be mild. As the sun crested the horizon I dropped down. But my legs didn’t have the speed of day one. It would have to wait for a lower elevation to consume. Log in as an administrator and view the Instagram Feed settings page for more details. I had tried incorporating faster miles into my days with the hopes of maintaining a striking distance of breaking my arbitrary goal of a 9-day unsupported hike. I tried more caffeine and forced down the last of my calories, but nothing improved my pace. I crossed Marshall Pass Road and climbed back up to the Divide. I loved my time out there. Vancouver-born ultramarathoner elevates 2020 by breaking Colorado Trail record Columbian | 18d When Jeff Garmire set out to break the record for an unsupported traverse of the 500-mile Colorado Trail in August, he sought to avoid COVID-19 exposure by skipping the … The rest of the trail would be lower than the altitude at which I stood, but it would by no means be downhill. Unlike any previous trail, wilderness was especially valued on the Colorado Trail because it meant that mountain bike use is not permitted, so there was less need to be cognizant of sounds that were human related. I had seen this fictional safari guide multiple times over the last few days and I could never decide if he was spying on me or simply observing me. Within 11 hours I had covered almost 43 miles and it was still broad daylight. If I could maintain a keen alertness for mountain bikes approaching, I could let my head swivel and absorb the majesty of the ridgeline.. “He was just laser-focused that last day, he was so present,” noted Stonesmith. The hour was not late, but my body badly wanted some rest. The frustration and anxiety of the slow climb coupled with the heat led to irritation. Beyond trying to decide what to carry for a 9.5-day unsupported push, this new idea added another planning wrinkle. At the very least, the extra layer would take the edge off the biting wind. Added new Triple Crown challenge records, both male and female, Jay Petervary and Alice Drobna respectively. Jennifer Pharr-Davis set the self-supported female record for this trail at 7 days, 15 hours, 40 minutes. The rain was minimal, but the threat of lightning was constant. The first nap would take place anytime after dark when I felt I needed it, and the second would take place sometime before dawn. Garmire made the 486-mile journey in nine days, 8 hours, and 18 minutes. The trail had really tallied up some challenges along the way. I went from inspired at Kenosha Pass to simply ready to be done. Jeff Garmire. And a turning point it was. “But really, it was an amazing experience, and I just want people to realize that they are capable of so much more. A stone’s throw from the water, the trail turned straight east toward the dam. The trees were peering at me, and with the bright moon, any irregularity in their bark looked like an eye. My spirits soared as the sun appeared and I was expectant of easier miles once I turned onto the Collegiate East route. Colorado native broke the record for the fastest solo unsupported hike. I eventually had the trail to myself again. My girlfriend shoved a cold Gatorade in my hand and I leaned over to lay in the grass. I ran over water sources that I should have stopped at, and through the barren landscape into the valley. Hikers were a constant all the way to the Ben Tyler Trail junction. I followed Elk Ridge and finally crossed Searle Pass. The elevation gain began with small climbs and descents, but as I neared my goal for the day, it got even more difficult. Dauwalter, 35, of Golden, had stepped onto the start of the Colorado Trail in Durango Wednesday at 2 p.m. with a goal to run the 486 miles to Denver in record time. The gentle, flat terrain continued as I circled back around to the mountains. If my pace had been slower than expected up to Elk Creek, once I reached this portion it slowed even further. But the trail was no longer a physical feat but a mental battle, and the thought of gaining altitude slowed the pace of my feet. Photo credit: Mikaela Osler. The small crew consisting of Williams’ girlfriend, Truhe’s father, and a couple other friends were barely making the aid stations in time in the remote San Juan mountains. Despite its high elevation, the trail often dips below the alpine timberline to provide refuge from the exposed, storm-prone regions above. The Trail – The Colorado Trail a continuous, narrow path from Denver to Durango for hiking, horseback, and bicycling. I would be introduced to the Collegiate Wilderness and a visit to the alpine once again. But, any hopes of breaking nine days were slowly slipping away. It was late morning and the trees unnaturally blew in the wind, a crumbled stump moved like a bear, and a safari guide sat peering through his binoculars at me. Thin, clear frozen sheets clung to all sides and rested on the shell of the tarp I used as a groundsheet. I dropped lower and joined the road. But with 2020 full of calls for hikers to avoid putting unnecessary strain on trail towns, I put more thought into it and decided this could be my chance to take on a new kind of challenge: Unsupported for nearly 500 miles. It was the heat of the day and I tried to find small bits of shade to complete my sporadic dry heaving. The hikers at the water source did not hold me up, but also had enough questions to make my time there eventful. To get to where I wanted to be, it would be a long night. I followed the river and eventually turned up Elk Creek. The plan was to change my sleep schedule for the second half of the FKT, but when I went to sleep on night five I postponed the style change for another day. I would carry everything I needed from Durango to Denver. The second half of the Colorado Trail FKT really began on this fifth night. It seemed that despite my early blunder with oversleeping, things were falling in my favor. The fact that it was so hard is the same fact that made it so appealing. I cruised over the hills in a refreshingly chilly breeze. The Nuggets shot 52% from the field … The last time I spent any amount of time in Colorado was when I lived in Denver after college. 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