Alan Davidson’s 2016 SRT-70 miler Race Report

(published with permission of the author)

By Alan Davidson

It was around 6pm on Friday, September 16th when a bunch of SRT 70-Mile participants hopped off a yellow school bus to meet the remaining SRT 70-Mile participants at High Point State Park in New Jersey. Like a school bus of children on their first day of school, we were excited and nervous (and most of us had to pee). After a quick race briefing from the Race Directors, we were off to the starting line at the SRT’s southern terminus. We snapped a starting line photo and the RDs let us loose on our journey to Rosendale, a 72 mile trek along the Shawangunk Ridge Trail.

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Alan Davidson’s 2016 SRT-70 miler Race Report

Jeffery Hayes’ 2016 SRT 50-mile Race Report

(published with permission of the author)

Shawangunk Ridge Trail 50 mile Race

September 17, 2016

Moonlight on the Bashakill

The shuttle bus from Rosendale (where the race finishes) bumped across a narrow bridge to a small parking lot, illuminated by a single light. The 8 of us (that was it!) trotted out into the misty darkness.  The race director gave us waterproof maps and our race numbers and a few navigational tips before the 6 AM start.

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Jeffery Hayes’ 2016 SRT 50-mile Race Report

Joey Rollin’s SRT Race Report

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My SRT Race Report 2016 (Rocks and things)

by Joey “is this a delusion” Rollins

So, it’s the summer of 2015 and my running buddy, Malin Barton, says to me “Check out this race Joey, I think it would be fun”. I now know when Marlin Barton say’s “This will be fun”, what she really means is “This will probably kill us”.

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Joey Rollin’s SRT Race Report

2016 SRT Race Director’s Report

The third edition of the SRT Run/Hike took place September 16-17, 2016 with 102 starters across all divisions, up from 82 the year before.  A remarkable 92% of starters successfully completed the course this year — a surprising statistic for a minimalist format event which provides little or no aid or course markings.  Excluding the dauntingly difficult 70-mile division, the success rate for the other divisions was almost 97%.  Besides the inevitable scrapes and bruises, there were no injuries during the event, and no-one got lost. The runners deserve credit for showing up prepared to navigate on their own and manage their hydration and nutritional needs  — exactly the spirit of mindfulness and self-reliance we sought to promote in creating this event.  And perhaps it’s the case that the magical beauty of the Shawangunk Mountains imparts extra energy to those who move through the wilderness…

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2016 SRT Race Director’s Report

Songs of Summer

Sitting on the porch one summer weekend afternoon, I became conscious of a great cacophony emanating from high in the trees and deep in the bushes, but of the many creatures buzzing, chirping, trilling, squawking, screaming, and clattering away, none was visible.  Could I learn to distinguish any of these sounds and associate them with their respective species?  And would I ever catch a glimpse of these secretive singers?

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Songs of Summer

Return to Peekamoose

East coast naturalist John Burroughs once wrote, “To learn something new, take the path you took yesterday.” With this thought in mind, I returned recently to Peekamoose Mountain, one of my favorites in the Catskills, and a peak whose trail I’ve taken many times.  On this occasion, the plan was to survey the bushwhack from Peekamoose to Lone Mountain, so that I can improve my time when I next attempt the Catskill 35, as well as experience the sights and sounds of a beautiful late summer day.

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Return to Peekamoose

The Catskills 23

The goal was to thru-hike all 35 of the Catskill Mountains’ high peaks, i.e., those at least 3500 feet in elevation, and if possible set a new fastest known time.  The records were:

  • 2 days 15 hours held by Ted “Cave Dog” Keizer on a supported basis
  • 4 days 13 hours held by Jan Wellford and Cory Delavine on an unsupported basis

Based on data from Keizer’s website, the route is 133 miles long starting from the top of Peekamoose (or 137 from the base) and includes 37,000 feet of cumulative elevation gain (39,000 feet if you count the hike up Peekamoose).

I had heard about Keizer’s record two years ago.  Ever since then, I’d been training for an attempt on the 35 thru-hike, and finally I felt ready to give it a go.

Smiley’s taxi of Tannersville, NY dropped me off at the Peekamoose trailhead at approximately 8 AM on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.  Two and one-half days later, around midnight on Thursday, August 25, 2016, I ended the attempt, having completed 23 of the 35 high peaks.

The following is a summit-by-summit account.

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The Catskills 23