FKT: Joanna Pisarski - Timberline Trail (OR) - 2018-09-02

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11h 23m 22s
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The Timberline Trail around Wy'east is my absolute favorite trail in Oregon (so far), and a yearly trek for me. This year was no exception. I switch directions every year, as the trail has a completely different feel each way. So on September 2nd, 2018 I decided to take advantage of the long weekend and go counterclockwise around Mount Hood. I packed my vest for a solo unsupported run (water bottles, filter, jacket, emergency kit, energy gels, and LOTS of dried mango), and headed off for Timberline Lodge.

I hit the PCT just after 7am, and headed off towards the White River. I had suffered an accident on Mount Saint Helens less than a month prior, and my knee was still in a soft brace from a patellar tendon tear. However, I felt good and was moving well down the sandy banks. The White River was still low, and easy to cross. The day was a stunner, and as I climbed up towards Cooper Spur, I was greeted with the bluest skies I've ever seen in my life. What a treat!! The route was nearly completely free of snow. The river crossings were mostly easy and where I would stop to refill my bottles and cool off.  As the sun climbed in the sky, I dipped through McNeil Point and on to Bald Mountain for a stunner of a view. It was easy going until I got to the Sandy River, which proved slightly difficult with a stiff knee, but doable. Then came the climb up. That's always the slowest part of the trail for me. I've seen people absolutely crush it, and I'm always in awe. I continued on the PCT, opting against the Paradise Park option, and on through Zig Zag Canyon and back to the lodge. 

This was such an amazing day. When I finished, I saw I had gotten the Strava course record, but had no idea it may be the actual unsupported female FKT. In fact, it took a couple years for me to check! So grateful to even have the opportunity to run a trail like Timberline. And as always, can't wait to try it again.


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You are awesome!!! Huge congrats.