Sam Price posted about the route & history:
"Without doing any research, I ascertained that there was no Fastest Known Time. History was within our grasp." --- TEO, FKT, Legendary Cube-Smarts Traverse, 11/18/12, www.vftt.org.
There are some great accounts of folks trying for a single traverse of this section of the AT and variations:
TEO and Jeff did the north-to-south one way (single traverse) in November 2012, and also took the Ranger Trail off the south side of Smarts to Dorchester Road as I mistakenly did on my return leg last week. TEO's account is hilarious. They claimed the FKT on this single traverse in "8 hours, 50ish minutes", and I suspect TEO was the first to elevate the route to "legendary" status. www.vftt.org/forums/showthread.php?47046-FKT-Legendary-Cube-Smarts-Traverse-11-18-12
Emily Wynes posted a good account (with no elapsed time given) from her south-to-north solo single traverse in October 2013. She started at the Dartmouth Skiway and estimated the total distance to Route 25A at about 16 miles. She also did it north-to-south "a few years ago" but preferred the southern start because it gets the Smarts south face climb out of the way early. www.farnorthendurance.com/the-at-in-nh-part-12-smarts-mountain-and-mount-cube/
As Rob Rives notes, this section is part the Dartmouth 50 (fastestknowntime.proboards.com/thread/382/dartmouth-50-miler-record) and the AT so it gets loads of one-way traffic.
I have not yet contacted TEO, Jeff or Emily Wynes regarding this route.
Price then did a Double Smarts Cube Traverse:
Jeremy Merritt posted about doing a similar route, and also added some more history:
My buddy and I did a variation (took a few attempt to finally make it--first two were in winter), from Smarts to Cube Summit and back (Ranger on the way back down Cube)
This was prepping/recon for The 50 to Moosilauke.
I'm glad that you've established an official FKT now, b/c that section is tough and deserves it, and I know of a handful of people who use that section for training. For example, in this article, Mark Klemm discusses the route for training for the insane Goruck Selection:
The Appalachian Trail over Smarts Mountain and Mount Cube was another one of his favorite training routes. “I’d do 15 to 20 miles at a time, always carrying 60 to 65 pounds on my back because I knew that’s what it was going to be like (at Goruck Selection),” Klemm said. “I tried to do 20-minute miles.”
I'm going to have to go back now and try to get the FKT for the route you've established! Nice work.
Planning on running this route for a new FKT tomorrow morning. I'll be accompanied by Joffery Peters. Will post the GPX track tomorrow afternoon.
7:40:31 is the new FKT time. Joffery Peters and I ran the route together.
Sam Price's time was very hard to best, and, he was spot on that the run approximates a very tough 50k race effort.
I would love to do this again in the cooler autumn weather--it was not very hot when we ran, but very humid.
We both carried Katadyn BeeFree water filtration soft flasks, which you don't have to wait for. These things are a godsend. https://www.katadyn.com/us/us/14946-8019639-katadyn-befree-0.6L_usa
Planning to attempt a new North to South single traverse FKT tomorrow morning (10/25/2018) around 7:30 from Route 25A in Orford.
Planning at least a south bound attempt 6/15/19 and maybe the double depending on how I feel at the southern end
Begrudgingly, I have agreed to tag along.
So Alex and I ran this on Saturday. We were unsupported in the attempt. We had some separation on the climb up smarts.
I came in at 3:09:23 (https://www.strava.com/activities/2452508765#kudos)
Alex came in at 3:13:20 (https://www.strava.com/activities/2452496722)