Saturday, November 8, 2008

Grand Canyon Double Crossing

Just a quick note from here in Flagstaff. I did the classic R2R2R route (Kaibab Trail on both Rims) today completely solo in 7:16:54. I'd been bandying about the idea of going after Dave's year-old FKT of 6:59:56 for the past week, but with 180 miles in the 7 days before today and with 12 hours of solo driving yesterday I clearly wasn't thinking about it that seriously.

In any case, I gave it a solid effort today, but a lack of calories and electrolytes (not to mention long runs and just consistent running in general, having only been truly healthy for the past 5 weeks or so) did me in and I bonked in a big way coming back up South Kaibab. This is not unusual when one attempts this run. I'll post a more in-depth report of the run later.

13 comments:

solarweasel said...

you're an animal krupicka

AnthonyP said...

Nicely done.

Mike Hudson said...

Absolutely amazing, Tony!

~stubert. said...

Nice! I was going to do this run this fall but it didn't happen. It is on the schedule for early May next year.

Nice effort. Psyched to read the full report.

~stubert.

Scott Carmichael said...

Glad to see you're posting again, Anton. You're an inspiration to me, as well as many others I'm sure! Thanks for all the work with the campaign too!

Best of luck with running and life!

Scott C.

Vagabond said...

Wow. Cool, Its always nice to put myself in check by reading about what other people put themselves through.

GZ said...

I hear that a good part of the battle is dealing with the burros on the trail. Curious to hear how much of a factor that was.

Justin Mock said...

Next time you're out that way, consider going further west and running through the village of Supai, to Navajo Falls, to Havasu Falls, to Mooney Falls (22 round trip to this point), and then on a few more miles to the Colo River. Those waterfalls are all incredibly pretty. Trails are said to be under construction after some flooding this year, but before that they were not at all technical.

Ben said...

I have followed your posts for a long time now.

For me, you set the bar, and you set it quite high.

I admire your determination and find your work inspiring.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Anton said...

justin--
i've actually been down to supai a number of times but have never made it down past mooney falls. i considered heading up there on this trip, but it's really out of the way...an extra 3 hours or so round trip of driving from the interstate. incredible setting, though. i've really never seen anything else like it.

Will said...

Saw you Sunday on trail near the north rim...we were doing the double crossing also (not quite your pace). What an amazing day out there!

runslikeagirl2 said...

Glad to see you're back...Barak the vote baby! Thanks for your inspiration...

FastED said...

Your tenacity simply amazes me! It's almost as if you went from running 30 to 180 mile weeks in a matter of a couple weeks!

You got some good genes there Krupicka!

Stay healthy! Sure would be an epic battle for all to see with you and wonder boy Skaggs @ Hard Rock