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North Face athletes across the pond go long (and fast!)

by Editor
Wednesday 21st August 2013
Tags  The North Face   |   Mike Wolfe   |   Hal Koerner   |   John Muir Trail   |   JMT
 
 

Athlete news: Mike Wolfe and Hal Koerner set a new fastest known time for the John Muir Trail

American The North Face athletes Mike Wolfe and Hal Koerner have set a new fastest known time for the John Muir Trail (223 miles) earlier this month.  

They took 3 days, 12 hours and 41 minutes to run from Whitney Portals. Their time from Whitney Summit (211 miles) was 3 days, 9 hours and 5 minutes.

American The North Face athletes Mike Wolfe and Hal Koerner have set a new fastest known time for the John Muir Trail (223 miles) earlier this month

Photos © Tom Robertson courtesy of The North Face

John Muir Trail (JMT) - Fast Facts

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir

  • The John Muir Trail (JMT) runs 221 miles from Whitney Portal to Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley, crossing some of the most rugged and remote country in California.
  • The southern terminus of the JMT is technically on the summit of Mt. Whitney (14,495'), and hikers/runners must traverse an additional 11 miles between the summit and the trailhead at Whitney Portal (8,500 feet).
  • The official length of the JMT, as stated by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), is 210.4 miles (338.6 km).
  • The trail crosses six passes higher than 11,000 feet, including 13,153-foot Forester Pass.
  • Total elevation gain and loss along the JMT is approximately 84,000 feet according to the Sierra Club.
  • With the exception of the northernmost 10 miles, between Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows, the JMT rarely dips below 8,000 feet.
  • The JMT traverses Yosemite and Kings Canyon National Parks, and the John Muir and Ansel Adams Wilderness Areas (Inyo National Forest).
  • The JMT was the idea of Theodore S. Solomons in 1884 to look for a crest-parallel trail through the High Sierra. In 1938, the last portion of the trail was finally constructed, steep switchbacks up an almost vertical cliff below Palisade Lakes and built across the open granite of Mather Pass.
  • Brett Muane holds the current unsupported record at 3d14h13m from Whitney Portal, and 3d9h58m from Whitney Summit, on Sept. 3-6, 2009.

For more information check out: johnmuirtrail.org

 

American The North Face athletes Mike Wolfe and Hal Koerner have set a new fastest known time for the John Muir Trail (223 miles) earlier this month

Photos © Tom Robertson courtesy of The North Face

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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