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Unread 3 Days Ago   #11
 
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They've made 9 miles since I got up and I still haven't eaten breakfast or brushed my teeth.



I'm not really one for organized sports and certainly not for spectator sports but this kinda shit could be broadcast by radio and I'd listen for the whole (hopefully sub-34 hr) run. Too cool! I feel like I should be drinking a session beer (in it for the long haul and everything) right now just to honor their dedication as well as my sloth.

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They'll be getting into the meat and potatoes here real quick. It'll be impressive if they get it, especially with this flow regimen. It isn't the lowest of low but ain't great. 8-15.

Its not my idea of a great way to run the canyon and I'd be a little pissy about it being my one trip for the year, but I'm rooting for them. Anytime an inflatable can take a record from a kayaker, I'm on board! Stroke, stroke.
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Interesting. I had heard they used oar shaft for most of the original frame construction to save weight.

They did use oar shaft material to save weight. However, it didn't blow apart in lava. Some material was damaged when they broached on the island below crystal. But the actual failure was a metal frame part that broke in lava and punctured the tube basically ending the mission.
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Good article with details here:

https://coloradosun.com/2019/12/24/r...-grand-canyon/

New rig looks sweet and if things align they should steal the record (34 hour 2 minute run by Ben Orkin) from a kayaker

And Luck/Casey et al kayakers had held it for 2 days before Orkin.


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Its not my idea of a great way to run the canyon and I'd be a little pissy about it being my one trip for the year, but I'm rooting for them. Anytime an inflatable can take a record from a kayaker, I'm on board! Stroke, stroke.
Alas a dory may never again hold the record, but the Emerald Mile holds my heart!
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Its not my idea of a great way to run the canyon and I'd be a little pissy about it being my one trip for the year, but I'm rooting for them.
Likewise, and I respect their effort.

They are FLYING!
Averaging 7.23mph, and coming up on Unkar.
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Into adrenaline alley! They are running Hance as I type!
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Sending them some stoke this morning! I’m rewatching their last attempt here:

https://gearjunkie.com/speed-record-...time-travelers
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I came in for coffee and they were in Hance, went out and re-handled a tool and now they're 2 min past Hermit.



This reminds me of a crossing of the Continental Divide in a day I did on foot not long ago. It's important to stop and smell the roses but they're kinda pretty as a blur, too.


Wow. Just, wow.
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Grand Canyon speed run in progress...

An 8 person crew launched from Lee's Ferry last night at 11:59 p.m. in a custom 41 foot long cat. They are currently approaching Crystal and appear to be about 20 minutes behind a wining pace.



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Doh! I see there is already a thread on this.


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