Podcast: Episode 230: Jessica Johnson & Cryptic take on the Toiyabe Crest


In today’s episode we’re traveling to remote Nevada to travel the crest of the Toiyabe National Forest with Jessica Johnson and Cryptic. This non-binary team established a stout unsupported time on this ~65 mile long trail through classic basin and range terrain. 

Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s, this National Recreation Trail had fallen into disuse. Its revitalization is being brought about by new popularity among mountain bikers and bipedal adventurers alike. 

Hear how Jessica’s mission to set an initial FKT on the only National Recreation Trail not yet attempted for speed, and serendipity on the PCT, led to them teaming up with Cryptic to tackle a route known for its difficult route finding as their first adventure together. We talk about their concerns about whether they’d be able to work together well, how they managed the difficulties of the trail and navigation.

You’ll be amazed at the variety of conditions they encountered in 52 hours from altitude, water scarcity (and the complete opposite with 30+ water fords), frozen shoes, sunny days, and bushwhacking–not to mention a flat tire on their ride. So sit back, tune in, and get ready to add a trip to Nevada to your bucket list!


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