Chris Wilder came close, with a time of 2d3h29m (supported), 28-30 April 2018.
Trip report: https://runfatdoc.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/gnw250/
An epic adventure. Had a goal time of 60 hours and no thoughts of the FKT so to go within a few hours of that time was incredible for me. Joe Ward (current FKT holder) and many others as pacers and support crew. Looking forward to going back for another shot in the coming years.
I will be attempting the gnw 276 in a supported fashion heading from Newcastle to Sydney. I’ll be starting 6am Friday the 19th. I will be catching a boat for patonga to Brooklyn and due to high chance of coming into Sydney early in the morning with no water taxies or ferry’s I will most likely drive the last water section from woolwich to circular quay.
On 1st September 2020 I completed the GNW in an unsupported, hiking (and sleeping!) fashion. It took me 5 days 23 hours.
I don't think this is a particularly competitive time in this style (3 days might be), but wanted to give this type of trip a go.
I believe with the 20% rule (an unsupported FKT needs to be within 20% of the supported/self-supported FKT?) you'd need to go sub-50 hours unsupported. I've love to see someone take a shot at this!
There is no 20% rule.
Great work on your attempt.
Did you record your hike and have evidence (GPX file)?
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Sorry, I only just saw this reply!
No GPX file, I didn't own a GPS watch at the time. I think I have timestamped photos for start/finish and a few points inbetween, not sure if that's enough.
Anyway, I'm hoping to redo my attempt with a lot more training (and much less sleeping) sometime in the next few years, which I'll submit properly.
Melissa Robertson and Julie Brock will make an attempt on the current female supported time on 12/02/21 - good luck to the both of you.
Just wanted to understand the difference between supported and unsupported for the GNW. I live in the UK but looking to do this when I next come home
Supported - You just need to get from A to B. You can have a team that give you everything you need and can run alongside you during your effort.
Unsupported - carry everything you need including food, allowed to source water from natural sources (like creeks) along the way. No support from others.
Hey all -
Is time spent in a car (as Grant Brisbin did) or on a ferry, included in the time? Or is this excluded and minused from the total trip?
I'm trying to understand how to do this unsupported. As a car seems supported, but waiting overnight for a ferry adds a lot of time... Can a FKT be counted by stopping and starting the time at each ferry location, waiting for the next one to arrive etc?
The clock starts when you start and it only stops when you reach the finish. Any time spent in a car or a ferry or sleeping is included in your total time.
Hope this helps.
Was wondering if the FKT is any direction ? Or is it FKT from North to South and seperate FKT from South to North ?
You can go either direction. Go whichever way is faster!
Looking at doing an unsupported attempt sometime this year, and am wondering about the Patonga to Brooklyn water crossing. Apparently there used to be a ferry, but it is no longer, and so most people recommend a private water taxi. Would this still be considered unsupported?
This is an interesting one.
Obviously getting a friend to drive you over in a boat (which is not available to the public) = supported.
Going by the book, taking publicly available transport for the water crossings would probably make it self-supported. However given that motorized water crossings are a fundamental part of the route with no unsupported alternative (swimming/kayaking would be unwise/possibly illegal), I'd think in this context it should be considered unsupported.
I think it's an important distinction to make, otherwise you could do food caches the whole way which would be very different to carrying 250k worth of food.