FKT: Joshua Goad - Peaks of Otter (VA) - 2023-05-13

Route variation
3 peaks, open course, TH-TH
Gender category
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Total time
1h 55m 57s
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Started just before 7:00 a.m. on a drizzly morning. It wasn't muddy but the slick rocks made for some sketchy descending (especially since I didn't wear my glasses because of the rain) and my shoes got soaked on harkening hill from brushing against the wet undergrowth.

Started on Sharp Top, then Harkening Hill, and finished with Flat Top. I power hiked most of Flat Top and once I reached the sign, I had less than 15 minutes to get back to the bottom. I was a little demoralized and didn't think I could make it back to the bottom in time. But, throwing caution to the wind, I charged down the mountain anyway, falling twice and bloodying both knees (and hands, wrist, and hip). I made it with under two minutes to spare.

I used a little over a liter of the water I took in two soft flasks and ate four Clif Blocks. I saw a handfull of people on Sharp Top, two on Harkening Hill, and just one on Flat Top. The GPS got a little screwy on the flat top descent.